27-year-old Ryan Dolan kicked off a mini-tour of Moscow in Russia on Saturday at the city’s biggest gay club where he performed this year’s Irish Eurovision entry, Only Love Survives, with his dancers, Colm Farrell and Alan McGrath, in front of over 2000 people.
Ryan was in Russia in a bid win over the Eurovision voting public, hoping they will give him the coveted 12 points if he makes it through to final on May 18 in Malmo, Sweden. He continued the promotional blaze with an appearance on MTV Russia, who took him shopping and interviewed him as he browsed the local stores. Ryan apparently caused such a stir at the shopping centre that he was assigned a bodyguard to ensure his safety.
Ryan then took to the stage at the Kapitolly Mall and performed Only Love Survives before the Russian entry Dina Garipova sang her song What If. Afterwards Dina and Ryan had dinner together and they then headed over to a pre-Eurovision party where they both performed once again. On Monday morning, just before their whistle-stop tour came to an end, Ryan met with the Irish Ambassador Philip McDonagh for breakfast and a bit of a sing song!
Ambassador McDonagh said: “As a fan of the Eurovision Song Contest and of Ryan Dolan’s, I was delighted to meet the Irish Eurovision team in Moscow. Their performances here strengthened Ireland’s profile in the Russian Federation.
“Ryan and his colleagues have created much good will and added to the many links between our two countries in the sphere of music, dance, and song. I wish them every success at Malmo in May.” And there’s no rest for Ryan between now and the Eurovision as he arrived in RTÉ this morning for rehearsals ahead of Malmo and his Late Late Show performance on Friday. The delegation flies to Sweden on Monday May 6 and he is due to perform in the first semi-final on Tuesday May 14. Go Ryan!