'Mum teared up when she heard Eurovision song', says Brendan
Hometown star Brendan Murray will be trying to reclaim the Eurovision crown for Ireland with power ballad Dying To Try.
RTE unveiled the successful entry yesterday after choosing the song from hundreds of entries.
The song was co-written by James Newman and Swedish songwriter Jorgen Elofsson, who has previously written songs for Westlife, Britney Spears and Leona Lewis.
The 20-year-old singer said that he knew it was the right song the first time he and manager Louis Walsh heard it, adding his mother "teared up" when he played it to her.
"The song builds slowly to a big key change, which is great for me and allows me to showcase my vocal range," he said.
"We shot the video in Bray on the beach in the freezing cold last weekend, which was my first solo video shoot.
"It was a little bit nerve-wracking as I'm so used to having the other five Hometown guys around, but the whole process was very exciting and I have a great team behind me."
One of our youngest-ever entrants, Murray was born in 1996, which was also the last year that Ireland won the competition with Eimear Quinn and The Voice.
For the past three years Ireland has failed to qualify for the final of the singing competition so there's plenty of pressure on the Galway man's shoulders.
His Eurovision mentor Walsh said the chosen song "really stood out".
"The song and the singer are modern and contemporary and it's a perfect combination for this year's Eurovision," he said.
According to tradition, he will be debuting the song to the nation on The Late Late Show at the end of next month.
Then he will jet out to Kiev in Ukraine to perform to an estimated TV audience of 200m viewers in the second semi-final of the contest, which takes place on May 11.