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Saturday 21 October 2017

Furey set to block Shane from No 1

Shane Filan. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Shane Filan. Photo: Steve Humphreys

TRAD singer Finbar Furey is set to cause a major chart upset by keeping Westlife's Shane Filan off the Irish number one spot.

In midweek charts, the 67-year-old is outselling the former boyband star's first solo outing Everything To Me two-to-one ahead of tomorrow's final chart.

But things could get even better for Furey (inset) if, as expected, he triumphs in the final of The Hit on RTE with The Last Great Love Song.

Penned by Gerry Fleming, the tune will be Furey's first number one since 1987, when he topped the charts with his brothers and Davie Arthur singing Red Rose Cafe.

"I'm like Elvis making a comeback, but he was better looking. All I can say is that a great song can take you anywhere, even to number one," Finbar said.

Asked what he made of outselling Shane Filan the Ballyfermot man said both their hits were "a victory for Irish music".

"I'm a Paddy. Shane Filan is a Paddy. As long as it's all Paddies, I don't care," he said.

And Finbar will have more homegrown talent for company tomorrow when he takes on Johnny Logan, Samantha Mumba, The Stunning, and Ryan Shaughnessy in the final of The Hit.

However, one well-placed source predicts Finbar will again triumph.

"It's the last song on the show, which has Finbar Furey doing a beautiful ballad backed by the RTE Concert Orchestra," said a TV insider.

Father-of-five Finbar believes the song hooks listeners from its opening lines, "Welcome to my soul, I didn't mean to scare you", which first hooked him when the song was performed for him by songwriter Gerry Fleming last week.

Added Finbar: "Gerry had this song for years, but had only played it for a few friends.

"I was a singer who couldn't find the right song. It was a dream meeting," he said.

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