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Ryan Dolan to represent Ireland in Malmö

23 February 2013 at 01:37 CET

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The songs were performed in the following order. the five juries favoured song number two Crashing Down as their favourite, but the televoters went for the overall winner Only Love Survives. (Jury votes shown first).

  1. Son Kez/The Last Time composed by Hugh O'Neill and Sinead Bradley (Arranged by Tevfik Kulak) Sung by Inchequin. (34 + 20 = 54)
  2. Crashing Down composed by Robert Grace. Sung by Aimée Fitzpatrick.(54 + 50 = 104)
  3. Fire composed by Lauren White, Niall Mooney and Willie Weeks. Sung by Zoe Alexis Bohorquez.(24 + 30 = 54)
  4. Only Love Survives composed by Wez Devine and Ryan Dolan. Sung by Ryan Dolan. (52 + 60 = 112)
  5. Kiss Me There composed by Drax. Sung by Kasey. (36 + 40 = 76)

On tonight's edition of The Late, Late Show host Ryan Tubridy presented the five songs that were in contention for EuroSong 2013, and a combination of five regional juries and televoting determined which song would represent Ireland in the First Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest on Tuesday the 14th of May.

 You can watch the whole show again our Web player.

Lordi, winners of the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest with Hard Rock, Hallelujah were the special guests on the show. Marty Whelan, Bill Hughes and Evelyn O'Rourke were on hand to pass comment on the songs. 

Who's Ryan Dolan?

Ryan Dolan is a young singer-songwriter from Strabane. Ryan was the only songwriter performing his own composition Only Love Survives. He has played support to many acts over the years including Tinchy Stryder, Jedward and many more.

Ryan has been described as one of the most exciting homegrown musical talents to be discovered in Ireland in recent years. His YouTube channel has received over 800,000 hits. Ryan has teamed up with music producer and composer Wez Devine. Wez is a 34-year-old songwriter/producer originally from Malahide, now based in Lifford,.

Mentor Stuart O’Connor said, “As soon as I discovered I was going to be a mentor I was determined that given the opportunity I would send an Irish singer/songwriter to Malmö this year. I was delighted to receive a large volume of songs from all around the world but as soon as I heard Only Love Survives  I knew this was it - it ticked all the boxes. I immediately set about gathering a full Irish team including backing vocals by Leanne Moore and percussion by Nicky Bailey founder of Extreme Rhythm who has performed with Riverdance and most recently on X Factor with Kelly Clarkson. The result is a modern song with an Irish vibe that will appeal to audiences across Europe.”