Ireland have internally selected Brendan Murray as the Irish participant for Kiev next year. RTE, the Irish broadcaster collaborated with UK X Factor judge Louis Walsh to choose the Irish participant.
Louis Walsh has selected Hometown boyband singer Brendan Murray to fly the Irish flag. Everyone hopes that after a run of dismal results for Ireland, talent judge extraordinaire Louis Walsh will be the man to help to the Irish back on track. Walsh will mentor Brendan Murray on his way to Kiev.
Brendan Murray is a part of a boyband that Louis manages, and according to Louis he “Hits all of the right notes”. Will he ensure Ireland qualifies for the grand final, after 2 successive years of non qualification. The early press release can be found here. RTE mentions that Hometown’s first single, Where I Belong was the fast selling debut single from an Irish group. The groups second single Cry For Help also reached number one. As a result of this success they have supported worldwide acts such as The Vamps, McBusted and Olly Murs.
RTE will be holding an open submission to find a song for Brendan. Louis Walsh, in conjunction with an expert judging panel will select the song that Brendan will sing in Kiev. The deadline for submissions is Monday 16th January 2017 . All the standard Eurovision rules apply including the no-commercial-release-before-1-september rule and the 3-minute-length.
RTE have also set some of their own rules for the open submission, and these are as follows:
- All songs to be submitted on a CD/USB stick in MP3/WAV file format
- Each composer/lyricist can only enter 1 song
- Anyone submitting a song, including team members, must have valid visas to travel to Ukraine.
- Each team has to have at least 1 member who is a citizen of The Republic of Ireland
- Anyone who enters cannot approach members of the judging panel privately
- Anyone who is an employee of RTE (or family members) for 6 months or more, are excluded from entering
Mentor Louis Walsh is a big name, both in Ireland and worldwide. He is most famous for working alongside Simon Cowell on the British edition of The X-Factor. He won the second series with Shayne Ward in the ‘Overs’ category. Walsh manages Jedward and also many other famous bands and singers. These include Westlife (of which Nicky Byrne was the internally selected participant for Ireland in 2016), Girls Aloud (as a band and all as solo singers), Ronan Keating, Shane Filan and Hometown. Louis has had two of his acts in Eurovision before, Jedward and Nicky Byrne.