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Saturday, 23 February 2013 00:06

Ireland: Ryan Dolan Heading to Malmö

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RTÉ, the broadcaster responsible for the Irish participation at the Eurovision Song Contest clearly need to rethink their strategy for the coming years when it comes to hosting the national selection because the acoustics in the studio were somewhat average at best. At the end of a mediocre evening with around two songs which were of decent quality, the winner was Ryan Dolan with the track Only Love Survives which he co-wrote alongside Wez Devlin. His mentor was Stuart O'Connor, the choreographer behind the performance of Jedward at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest with the track Waterline co-written by Sharon Vaughn and Nick Jarl.

The comments of the evening panel were somewhat hilarious at times, commenting on how strong the song quality was but nevertheless, they were on the money stating that it would be a tussle between Crashing Down sung by Aimee and Only Love Survives performed by Ryan Dolan, the latter gaining the maximum support of the public with the former garnering the majority vote of the regional juries. It was a somewhat close call but at the end of the day, the beautiful ballad which would have taken Ireland through to yet another Eurovision Song Contest final finished in second place, with the uptempo track featuring sounds similar to Voda and Euphoria in the top position. Ireland will compete in the second half of the first semi-final. Stay tuned to for more of the latest news.

Source: RTÉ

Last modified on Saturday, 23 February 2013 00:10