Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 29 July 2014

Strabane's Ryan Dolan says 'no regrets' despite last place in Eurovision

Ryan Dolan of Ireland performs on stage during the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 at Malmo Arena on May 18, 2013 in Malmo, Sweden. (Photo by Ragnar Singsaas/Getty Images)
Ryan Dolan of Ireland performs on stage during the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 at Malmo Arena on May 18, 2013 in Malmo, Sweden. (Photo by Ragnar Singsaas/Getty Images)
Ryan Dolan of Ireland performes his song Only Your Love Survives during the final of the Eurovision Song Contest at the Malmo Arena in Malmo, Sweden, Saturday, May  18, 2013. The contest is run by European television broadcasters with the event being held in Sweden as they won the competition in 2012. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Ryan Dolan of Ireland performes his song Only Your Love Survives during the final of the Eurovision Song Contest at the Malmo Arena in Malmo, Sweden, Saturday, May 18, 2013. The contest is run by European television broadcasters with the event being held in Sweden as they won the competition in 2012. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Winner of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest Emmelie de Forest of Denmark who sang  Only Teardrops, celebrates with the trophy after the final at the Malmo Arena in Malmo, Sweden, Saturday, May 18, 2013. The contest is run by European television broadcasters with the event being held in Sweden as they won the competition in 2012. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Winner of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest Emmelie de Forest of Denmark who sang Only Teardrops, celebrates with the trophy after the final at the Malmo Arena in Malmo, Sweden, Saturday, May 18, 2013. The contest is run by European television broadcasters with the event being held in Sweden as they won the competition in 2012. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Ryan Dolan has said he has 'no regrets' about competing in Eurovision, despite finishing last in Saturday's final.

The 27-year-old said: "Of course I'm disappointed with the result, but that's Eurovision, you just never know how it's going to go on the night.

"I felt we put in a really strong performance, but unfortunately luck just wasn't on our side.

"I'd do it all again in a heartbeat, I've enjoyed every single minute of it and it's opened so many doors to me internationally."  The result was Irelands worst since 2009, when Sinead Mulvey and Black Daisy failed to qualify for the final in Moscow.

However RTE have said they are happy with the method by which Ireland picks its song.

Currently, RTE appoint five music professionals as mentors to find an act and a song.

Michael Kealy, head of the Irish delegation at Eurovision, said that although they were shocked by Dolan's result, the selection method was a success.

"Nobody saw that result coming, he put on a great performance of a great song" he said.

"But our selection process has been very successful, we've qualified for the final the last four years in a row, despite a run of some very poor results before that" he said.

Ryan and the rest of the deflated Irish team arrived back in to Dublin airport tonight. He will now take a few days off before entering meetings with record labels in Russia, who are keen to launch him in the former Soviet Bloc.

Denmark won Saturday's final with 'Only Teardrops' – a song which had been the runaway favorite with bookies in the weeks leading up to the show.

Azerbajan came second, Ukraine third while Norway came in fourth place.

The UK's Bonnie Tyler came in 19th position, with 23 points.

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