Ryan Dolan (born 22 July 1985) is an pop singer from Strabane in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. He is known for representing Ireland in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest with “Only Love Survives”.
His song “Only Love Survives” won Ireland’s Eurosong 2013 song contest, and Dolan went on to represent Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Malmö, Sweden. He performed the song in the first semi-final at Malmö Arena on 14 May 2013, and qualified for the final after finishing in the top ten. In the final, held on 18 May 2013, Dolan finished last in the final, receiving only five points from three different countries.
He released his debut album Frequency on 13 May 2013. On 7 March 2014, he released his second single Start Again after his coming out on RTÉ Radio 1. Its music video is a story of suicide of a gay boy. It’s been watched more than 1 million times on YouTube so far. On 20 June 2014, he released his third single Fall to the Floor. It performed moderately in music chart, charted at 88 on Irish Recorded Music Association.
In the Eurovision Song Contest 2015, he was one of the five members of the Irish jury. On 20 November 2015, he released his fourth single Uptown Downtown. He uploaded his cover of “Hello” by Adele on YouTube on 18 December 2015 and from then, he’s uploading several cover songs like “Pillowtalk” by Zayn Malik and “Hands to Myself” by Selena Gomez. On 19 February 2016, he released a cover album “Under the Covers, Vol.1”.