He’s the Irish singer known for working his angelic falsetto. And on Tuesday afternoon Ireland’s Brendan Murray showed off his higher register yet again — this time while standing beneath a stunning hot air balloon.
It’s not a gimmick, but rather a stunning visual centrepiece that provides the perfect metaphor for Brendan’s song “Dying to Try”. Balloons are fragile and vulnerable, just like a man in love, yet when they take flight it’s truly glorious. The aerial theme continues with stunning LED clouds and fog, which, owing to clever camera tricks, create the illusion that Brendan is actually flying.
The imagery is dazzling, but nothing is over-the-top, and Brendan keeps things grounded with his crisp white shirt and subtle but powerful delivery. It’s measured and well-pitched. Producers are emphasising Brendan’s youth and innocence, which make the sugary sentiments seem all the more real.
Vocally you can’t fault him. Much of this performance relies on his ability to hit that note. Today he reminded us he’s more than capable of delivering under pressure.
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Photo: Eurovision.tv (EBU)