Louis Walsh and Brendan Murray outside the RTE Studios
Louis Walsh and Brendan Murray outside the RTE Studios

Louis Walsh appeared on the long running Irish TV chat show, The RTE Late Late Show on Friday, to make a surprise announcement regarding the Irish entry for Eurovision 2017.

Speaking to show-host Ryan Tubridy, Walsh announced that he personally had chosen the artist who will represent Ireland in the upcoming competition – erstwhile member of Hometown and former busker, Brendan Murray.  Murray, originally from Tuam, Co. Galway, has been working with Walsh since joining the Irish music legends latest boyband project back in 2014.  It was only recently announced that the members of Hometown were taking a break from the group to pursue individual projects.

Of the change in the selection process, Louis Walsh explained that while he had hand picked Murray as the performer, it was up to the songwriters of Ireland to produce the ‘winning song’.  “We have the talent Ryan” he told Tubridy, “I really want them to send me a love song, a ballad, something between Adele and Ed Sheeran … I really want an Irish songwriter to send me a song!”.

Before performing a live acoustic cover of Irish Euro Winner, ‘Hold Me Now’, originally performed by Mr. Eurovision Johnny Logan, Murray said: “I listen to the likes of John Legend and Sam Smith, so I really want a power ballad, the real deal, key change everything”!

Song entries should be sent to the RTE Entertainment department and entry closes at 5pm on Monday 16th January, 2017, full details below.  An RTÉ appointed panel that will include Louis Walsh, will select the winning song which will be performed by Brendan on The Late Late Show in early 2017.

So, if you think you can pull this kinda tune outta the bag, get your quill n ink out and start penning some words and humming some melodies!  Remember – BALLAD – something with oomph and emo!  And if you do enter, best of luck! x

Submissions be sent to:

Eurovision Song Entries, RTE Entertainment, Donnybrook, Dublin 4.

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