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Sunday, 14 April 2013 04:30

Ireland: Reviewing the track 'Only Love Survives'

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The editorial board encourages the public to select their favourite ten qualifiers on the right hand side of the screen but in the meantime, three professional individuals from the music industry showcase their opinion about the competing entries. All of the information is obtained from the official website of the international spectacle and indeed, pertaining to the running order as decided by the producers, Ireland will be performing in slot number thirteen (13) from the sixteen (16) entries which will be competing during the first semi-final. RTE, the broadcaster resposible for the participation of Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest will be represented by the song Only Love Survives co-written between Wez Devine and Ryan Dolan, the latter will also be providing the vocals for the entry. 

Ryan Dolan is a young singer-songwriter from Strabane in Co. Tyrone. He has played support to many acts over the years including Tinchy Stryder, Jedward and many more. Dolan has been described as one of the most exciting homegrown musical talents to be discovered in Ireland in recent years. His YouTube channel has received over 800,000 hits. Dolan said, “I am thrilled to have been chosen to represent Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest. I’d like to thank my family, friends and my mentor Stuart for all their support over the last few months. It’s such an honour to have been chosen to represent Ireland at Eurovision. I can’t wait to perform in Malmő in May.”

Co-composer Wez Devine is a 34-year-old songwriter/producer originally from Malahide, Co. Dublin now based in Lifford, Co.Donegal. So far the fruits of their labour include being featured on BBC Radio1 in the UK in 2012 – their track titled The Secret by Zenemy DJz featuring Dolan found great support and was daytime play-listed by the giants of the station Sara Cox, Hugh Stevens and Scott Mills. They are hopeful that their latest composition Only Love Survives will bring Eurovision back to Ireland for the eighth time. Dolan's Eurovision mentor is Spotlight Productions director Stuart O’Connor. O'Connor is the man behind all Jedward's live tours in the last three years. He devised the performance of Waterline at last year’s contest.


O'Connor recently produced and directed The Best of Eurovision Show with six previous winners Johnny Logan, Linda Martin, Niamh Kavanagh, Dana, Charlie McGettigan and Paul Harrington. He was a judge on RTÉ's Supercrew and choreographed the highly acclaimed RTÉ Big Music Week Lipdub YouTube video. Ireland decided to keep the format of their recent preselections following the success achieved in the international competition with five mentors selecting the artists and their respective entries. There were three genres represented, including the stunning ballad which is very much popular in Ireland especially one involving a young female with a guitar. As a matter of fact, Aimee was the first runner-up with her song Crashing Down.

Ireland is known in the fan circles of the Eurovision Song Contest as royalty, having managed to achieve victory on a record breaking seven (7) occasions. It is important to point out here though that their last success was back in 1996 when Eimear Quinn had managed to stun everyone with her crystal clear vocals in a stunning rendition of The Voice. Since then, it has not been pretty positive for Ireland and even more so, since the millennium, the top ten has only beckoned on three occasions, in 2000 with Millennium of Love, 2006 with Every Song is a Cry for Love and in 2011 with Lipstick. Qualification has also been troubling but has been achieved since 2010 and Ryan Dolan will hope to do so once more in 2013 as he takes to the stage in Sweden.

Professional Critics Voice their Opinion

Rating: 77%

Magnus Kaxe: Is this Swedish House Mafia? No, but this will also move the dance floors around Europe this summer. It's an elegantly written track with positive and energetic vibes. Ryan has a good voice in the video and I really hope he can perform well on stage too. Not only love survives -  Ryan Dolan will also survive - at least to the final.

Lina Eriksson: One of the more modern songs this year. Even if it doesn't sweep me off my feet I'm guessing it'll do just fine in the semi and on the ESC-dancefloors.

Matt Mercieca (Muxu): This one is super cool, I love the beat, and its super current, not completely in love with the lyrics, but I see this one doing well, if not on eurovision, even radios, the chorus is much better then the rest of the song, but its super good! very catchy.

Source: eurovision.tv


Last modified on Sunday, 14 April 2013 04:24