Northern Ireland

Strabane singer Ryan Dolan for Eurovision final

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Media captionRyan will represent Ireland in the Eurovision grand final in Malmo on Saturday

Singer Ryan Dolan, from Strabane, County Tyrone, has qualified for the final of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Ireland's Eurovision entry finished in the top ten in Tuesday night's semi-final in Malmo in Sweden with his self-composed song Only Love Survives.

Belarus, Belgium, Moldova, Denmark, Estonia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Russia and Ukraine also qualified.

Ryan said he was "absolutely thrilled" to be through to the final on Saturday night.

"I have such an amazing team behind me," he said.

"It was such a buzz being on stage tonight performing to 15,000 in the arena and 125 million viewers around the world."

Ryan said it was "nerve racking" sitting in the green room area waiting for the results.

"When they called Ireland and my name I was so excited and relieved all in one go, it was such a rush. We're really looking forward to celebrating with all the crew tonight."

Ryan will represent Ireland in the Eurovision grand final in Malmo on Saturday.

Bonnie Tyler will compete for the UK.

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