Tuesday, May 14th 2013

On Mooney today...

You can hear all about what it takes to stage a Eurovision act, in a behind-the-scenes report with Ryan Dolan's make-up and body artists and backing vocalists, as he prepares for his big moment in tonight's semi-final. And Derek talks to Linda Martin who has returned to the stage in Malmö, twenty-one years after winning the contest there!

Behind The Scenes At Eurovision 2013!

TONIGHT, Ryan Dolan will sing his heart out for Ireland with the irresistably catchy Only Love Survives. Today, Derek presents the second of our live Mooney programmes from Malmö, in Sweden...

Linda Martin performs live at the Moriskan Euro Fan Cafe in Malmö

Mooney researcher Michele Browne and producer Fergus Sweeney busy at work

Ryan chills out with family and friends (Ciaran Corrigan, Josephine Dolan, Ryan Dolan, and Gabriel Dolan) ahead of Semi-Final 1

David Sheehan, Cathal Sheehan, Derek Mooney and Paul G. Sheridan in the delegation hotel

Marty Whelan (commentator) with Head of Delegation Michael Kealy


Linda meets some fans from Madrid

Eurovision Fan Voting at Press Centre shows Ireland in fifth place to qualify from Semi-Final 1

Press centre voting board ad of 15:00 local time, May 14th 2013

Linda Martin and behind her a very TALL man!

Paul G talks to Martin and Darron, Eurovision fans from New York. Dig the outfits!

Martin Phillips from Wales (Skewen) & husband Darron Copeland (New York) 

Derek Mooney at Eurovision

Derek Mooney at Eurovision

Derek Mooney at Eurovision


Paul's Eurovision Q&A!

Paul's Eurovision Q&A!

Paul G Sheridan is our resident Eurovision EuroGuru, and ahead of tonight's Semi Final, he took part in a Eurovision Q&A with Taragh Loughrey-Grant of RTÉ Ten - click the link below to find out he got on!!



Eurovision 2013 - Semi-Final 1 TONIGHT!

Eurovision 2013 - Semi-Final 1 TONIGHT!

Are you getting excited? It's only a few hours to go until we see Ryan Dolan take to the stage in Malmö, Sweden, to represent Ireland at the 58th Eurovision Song Contest. Ryan composed his song Only Love Survives with Wez Devine.

Ryan will perform in thirteenth position this evening - will 13 turn out to be lucky for our young singer from Strabane this evening?  The running order of performances tonight is below:

You can watch the first Semi-Final tonight at 8pm on RTÉ Two; it will be introduced by Petra Mede, with television commentary by Marty Whelan. For more details about this evening's broadcast, then visit http://www.rte.ie/tv/eurovision/index.html.

If you'd like to sing along with Ryan, then click here for the lyrics to Only Love Survives, or click here to watch the official video!

Sixteen acts will perform during tonight's show. A combination of call and text votes from you at home and jury scores will determine which 10 acts will go forward to this year's Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final on Saturday May 18th 2013.  And if you'd like to vote in tonight's Semi Final, then click here for all the voting details. Remember, viewers in the Republic of Ireland are not permitted to vote for Ireland's entry. Please do not attempt to do so, as your vote won't count but you will be charged for your vote.


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