Just before Christmas Louis Walsh announced on RTE’s Late Late Show that Brendan Murray would represent Ireland at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. Find out more about the singer…
1. Before embarking on a solo career, Brendan was a member of boy band Hometown who were managed by X-Factor judge Louis Walsh.
2. Hometown were a six piece boy band consisting of not only Brendan but also Dayl Cronin, Dean Gibbons, Josh Gray, Cian Morrin and Ryan McLoughlin.
3. The band’s first single, ‘Where I Belong’, was written by rock band Kodaline and debuted at number one in Ireland.
4. The song was the fastest-selling single from a debut act and the fastest-selling single from an Irish artist in 2014.
5. The band’s second single, “Cry for Help”, was released on 27 March 2015 in Ireland. The song also reached number one on the Irish Singles Chart.
6. On 23 October 2015, Hometown released the third single ‘The Night We Met’ off of their debut album. It was written by Liam Payne of One Direction and Jamie Scott.
7. On 20 November 2015, HomeTown released their self-titled debut album, which debuted at number 4 on the Irish Albums Chart.
8. The band has toured extensively having opened for internationally successful acts such as Olly Murs, McBusted and The Vamps. October 2016 saw the band make their European debut at the Festival Coca Cola Music Experience alongside acts such as Meghan Trainor and Bea Miller.
9. In December 2016, Hometown announced that they would be taking a break from music to pursue individual projects. ‘Roses’ from the debut album was their fourth and final single.
10. Louis Walsh has urged Irish Eurovision legend Johnny Logan to submit a song for his consideration for Brendan to sing at Eurovision 2017. Logan, didn’t outright rule this out, but hinted that it was unlikely due to a busy schedule.
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