We’re now just three and a bit weeks away ’til the eyes of Europe are firmly affixed on the Swedish city of Malmö for the first semi-final of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest.
Entrants from 39 countries across the continent will take to the stage throughout the competition in the hope of taking out the most coveted yearly prize in music – the Eurovision Song Contest trophy.
As always, the competition is split into three finals; the two semi finals (to be held on May 14 and 16) and the grand final (on May 18), in which the victorious countries from the two semi-finals will line up alongside the host nation Sweden and the “big five” of the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
In our 17th look at the players for 2013, we take a look at the Irish entry – and by gad… it’s NOT Jedward!
RYAN DOLAN : Only Love Survives
While this year’s entry for Ireland – young singer songwriter Ryan Dolan’s ‘Only Love Survives’ – isn’t among the favourites to take out this year’s competition, there’s plenty to like about it. Taking out the national selection ‘Eurosong 2013’ has afforded the singer the chance to represent his country at the highest level.
We’re actually really liking ‘Only Love Survives’ too. In amongst a field of predominantly ballad-based material, we think the song will stand out – and not just at the competition. It’s incredibly radio-friendly; a dance/pop that wouldn’t sound out of place on radio stations across Europe and across Australia.