Three acts with links to Eurovision have been competing in the fourteenth series of the UK version of the X-Factor. Slavko Kalezic (Montenegro), Berget Lewis (The Netherlands) and Jon Lillygreen (Cyprus) all competed in the Six Chair Challenge this weekend in Nicole Scherzinger’s Overs category in a bid to make it to the Judges’ Houses next weekend.
Montenegrin singer Slavko Kalezic impressed the X-Factor judges in his first audition with his trademark plait and an impressive rendition of Beyonce’s ‘End of Time’. He returned to our screens on Saturday evening when he took part in the Boot Camp stage of the competition.
Slavko Kalezic came to international prominence when he performed ‘Space’ at Eurovision 2017 for Montenegro. The singer became an instant stand out for his bizarre lyrics (Linen is covered with feathers, Wet dreams, Wild nightmares, I surrender…) and his trademark plait whipping dance moves. Although he failed to progress to the live Final, Louis Walsh (who was in Kiev as part of the Irish delegation) convinced him to appear on the UK version of the X-Factor.
God loves a tryer or so the saying goes and according to Ireland’s Eurovision former boy band member Brendan Murray, he’s ‘Dying to Try’. I feel as though this however couldn’t be further from the truth. Ireland are of course on paper the most successful Eurovision nation in the Contest’s history, winning seven times, but Sweden are hot on their heels with six and are continually delivering hit after hit at Eurovision, whereas Ireland struggle to reach the final year on year. Ireland’s problem is that they just aren’t trying hard enough, they continually make the same mistakes year after year, have dated songs, delivered by average at best singers and put absolutely no effort into their staging.
Brendan Murray, former member of boy band Hometown, was chosen to represent Ireland in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. After a long wait, the Louis Walsh pick announced that he will sing ‘Dying to Try’ in Kiev. Listen to the song below!
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…
Last week Louis Walsh sent an invitation for Eurovision supremo Johnny Logan to submit a song for Irish Eurovision 2017 artist Brendan Murray. Walsh was very complementary of Logan’s past efforts, winning the Contest twice as a singer in 1980 and 1987 and again as a songwriter for Linda Martin’s ‘Why Me?’. Logan has now responded to the offer.
Brendan Murray, former member of boy band Hometown, will represent Ireland in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest.
The Irish Mirror and Irish Daily Mail has reported today that Irish pop mogul Louis Walsh will announce the Irish Eurovision entry on national broadcaster RTE’s chat show The Late Late Show tonight.
In the same week that Finland have announced the 10 contenders for UMK 2017, one of last year’s participants and runner up Saara Aalto has really managed to turn things around for herself on X-Factor UK. The Finnish singer has been competing in the UK’s X-Factor Series 13 and this week she advanced to the Top Five.