Ryan makes it to Euro final

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Strabane Eurovision hopeful Ryan Dolan says he is thrilled to make it to Saturday’s showpiece final.

Ryan, performing his song “Only Love Survives”, qualified from Tuesday night’s semi finals - watched by 15,000 people in Malmö.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be through to the final,” Ryan said after he and his backing troupe made it through.

“I have such an amazing team behind me. Leanne, Alison, Nicky, Colm and Alan are all brilliant to work with and they did Ireland proud on stage tonight. A big shout out to my mentor Stuart O’Connor for all the support and believing in me.

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