Brendan Murray, 20, was born in Galway, Ireland in 1996 – the last time Ireland last won Eurovision Song Contest! He has been a member of the boy band "Hometown" since he was 17. Hometown's first single "Where I Belong" became the fastest-selling single from a debut act and the fastest-selling single from an Irish artist in 2014, reaching number one in the Irish charts.
Here Brendan Murray speaks about his Eurovision song "Dying To Try":
RTÉ invited back in December 2016 interested parties to submit a song for Brendan Murray. A panel appointed by RTÉ lead by the X Factor judge Louis Walsh selected Brendan's song:
– I want to find the best song for Brendan to perform on that Eurovision stage. I'm going to use my own contacts in the business and I want to hear songs from Irish songwriters or songwriters abroad until I find the best song, says Louis Walsh
Ireland holds the record of most victories in Eurovision Song Contest: Seven victories! The six of these victories was in the 80s and 90s:
- 1970: "All Kinds Of Everything"
- 1980: "What's Another Year"
- 1987: "Hold Me Now"
- 1992: "Why Me"
- 1993: "In Your Eyes"
- 1994: "Rock 'n' Roll Kids"
- 1996: "The Voice"
They have been in Eurovision since 1965 with 50 participation since then. Ireland has qualified for the Grand Final 7 out of 13 times since the introduction of Semi-finals in 2004.