Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017

Eurovision Song Contest 2017
Country  Ireland
National selection
Selection process Internal Selection
Selection date(s)
  • Artist: 16 December 2016
  • Song: 10 March 2017
Selected entrant Brendan Murray
Selected song « Dying To Try »
Selected songwriter(s) Jörgen Elofsson
Finals performance
Semi-final result 13th, 86 points
Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2016 2017

Ireland participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with the song « Dying To Try« , sung by Brendan Murray and written by Jörgen Elofsson. The song and the singer were internally selected in December 2016 by the Irish broadcaster Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ) to represent the nation at the 2017 contest in Kiev, Ukraine.

Ireland was drawn to compete in the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest which took place on 11 May 2017. Performing during the show in position 9, « Dying To Try » was not announced among the top 10 entries of the second semi-final and therefore did not qualify to compete in the final. This is the fourth year in a row that Ireland has failed to qualify for the final.


Prior to the 2016 Contest, Ireland had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 49 times since its first entry in 1965.[1] Ireland has won the contest a record seven times in total. The country’s first win came in 1970, with then-18-year-old Dana winning with « All Kinds of Everything« . Ireland holds the record for being the only country to win the contest three times in a row (in 1992, 1993 and 1994), as well as having the only three-time winner (Johnny Logan, who won in 1980 as a singer, 1987 as a singer-songwriter, and again in 1992 as a songwriter). In 2011 and 2012, Jedward represented the nation for two consecutive years, managing to qualify to the final both times and achieve Ireland’s highest position in the contest since 2000, placing eighth in 2011 with the song « Lipstick« . However, in 2013, despite managing to qualify to the final, Ryan Dolan and his song « Only Love Survives » placed last in the final. The Irish entries in 2014, « Heartbeat » performed by Can-Linn featuring Kasey Smith, in 2015, « Playing with Numbers » performed by Molly Sterling and in 2016 « Sunlight performed by Nicky Byrne all failed to qualify to the final.

Before Eurovision

Internal Selection

On the 16 of December 2016 it was announced by Louis Walsh during his appearance in The Late Late Show that he was in charge of the 2017 Irish entry and he chose the former member of the boyband HomeTown, Brendan Murray to represent Ireland in Kiev.

Walsh and Murray appeared on The Late Late Show on December 16th 2016. Murray also performed a rendition of « Hold Me Now » by Johnny Logan on guitar. Following this, an appeal was made for any songwriter across the country to send in a 3-minute song written by them for Walsh and Murray to choose for Eurovision. The song Dying to Try was presented on March 10 2017.

At Eurovision

According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the « Big 5 » (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot.[2] On 31 January 2017, a special allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. Ireland was placed into the second semi-final, held on 11 May 2017, and was scheduled to perform in the first half of the show.[3] The song failed to qualify for the final, placing 13th in Semi Final 2 with 86 points.


Below is a breakdown of points awarded to Ireland and awarded by Ireland in the second semi-final and grand final of the contest, and the breakdown of the jury voting and televoting conducted during the two shows:[4][5]

Points awarded to Ireland

Points awarded by Ireland

Split voting results

The following five members comprised the Irish jury:[6]

  • Greg French – Chairperson – musical director, producer, composer
  • Suzanne Doyle – music industry consultant
  • Amanda Lane – singer, band manager, musical director
  • Dayl Cronin – singer, musician
  • Louise Macnamara – musician, singer, songwriter


  1. ^ « Ireland Country Profile ». EBU. Retrieved 9 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Jordan, Paul (25 January 2017). « Semi-Final Allocation draw to take place in Kyiv ». Retrieved 25 January 2017. 
  3. ^ Jordan, Paul (31 January 2017). « Results of the Semi-Final Allocation Draw ». European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 31 January 2017. 
  4. ^ « Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Second Semi-Final ». European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 26 May 2017. 
  5. ^ « Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Grand Final ». European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 26 May 2017. 
  6. ^ Jordan, Paul (29 April 2017). « Who will be the expert jurors for Eurovision 2017? ». European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 26 May 2017.