Brendan Murray, former member of boy band Hometown, will represent Ireland in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest.
X-Factor judge Louis Walsh had the sole responsibility of being tasked with finding a suitable act to represent Ireland in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest when it is staged in Ukraine in May. Walsh who managed Hometown has selected one of its former members Brendan Murray to take on the Eurovision stage.
Walsh was due to make the announcement on the RTE chat show the Late Late Show tonight Friday 16th December, which airs from 9.35pm but the news leaked just hours before the show was due to air. Walsh and Murray will still appear on the show live and you can watch it here.
RTE will now call for song submissions from interested songwriters with a deadline of 16th January. These songs will then be considered by Louis Walsh and a panel of experts, although they will not just consider these submissions exclusively, as they will look into other means of selecting the songs as well.
Ireland have failed to qualify for the final of Eurovision for the three consecutive years. Westlife’s Nicky Byrne missed out on the final in 2016 with his song ‘Sunlight’, Brendan Murray will hope to change things around for Ireland.
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