Brendan Murray is representing Ireland at this year's Eurovision Song Contest with his song Dying To Try. Today he rehearsed on stage in Kyiv for the first time.
Brendan travelled to Kyiv yesterday and upon his arrival at the airport he gave an impromptu performance of his Eurovision entry for the Ukrainian press.
Even though Brendan is only 20 years old, he's already achieved a lot in his career. You can find out more about Ireland's 2017 Eurovision hopeful on his participant profile. The singer always tries to be the best version of himself, giving everything in his performances and taking every opportunity as it comes.
Number one in the charts
As part of boyband Hometown, Brendan reached number one in the Irish charts and travelled extensively. "I’ve been to Sweden, Israel, South Africa and now to Ukraine," he said.
Flying high for Ireland
When asked by Eurovision.tv about the staging for his song, Brendan was tight-lipped at first but later revealed that a hot air balloon feature in his performance. "I can’t wait to go up there and perform." he said ahead of his rehearsal.
Brendan explained that the balloon featured on the stage has a special meaning. "For me personally, a balloon is a sign of hope, taking a leap of faith and putting trust in someone else."
According to singer he’s not afraid of falling in love and taking a chance to see what happens.
Brendan is a young man who likes to dream big. When asked about who he would like to duet with he listed some famous names. "If I got the chance to collaborate with Bruno Mars, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran or James Bay, that would be incredible," he said.
Brendan posted pictures of his arrival at the venue on Instagram:
While staying in Ukraine, the Irish entrant plans to explore the city, meet fans at the EuroClub, taste Ukrainian national cuisine have a good time.
Ireland's next rehearsal is planned for Fridaty, 5th of May. Brenday Murray will represent his country in the second Semi-Final on Thursday, 11th of May.