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Ryan Dolan is aiming to be a Eurovision Song star by making Swede music in Malmo

By Laura Butler

Ireland's Eurovision Song Contest hopeful Ryan Dolan has set out on his two-week adventure in Malmo.

The 27-year-old flew out of Dublin Airport to Sweden yesterday with 12 of his 17-strong delegation to begin rehearsals ahead of next week's semi-final.

Dolan will perform his self-composed track Only Love Survives in front of a live audience of 10,000 on May 14.

"The nerves have been kicking more than before, but I'm feeling good – just looking forward to getting out on stage," he said. The singer was joined by his mentor Stuart O'Connor, who said that although Dolan does not have the massive following enjoyed by last year's act Jedward, it will ultimately prove an advantage. "It was really crazy with John and Edward. There was a lot of hype around them and everywhere they went they were hounded," Mr O'Connor said.

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