Dreamin' (Eddie Friel song)

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Republic of Ireland "Dreamin'"
Eurovision Song Contest 1995 entry
Country Ireland
Artist(s) Eddie Friel
Language English
Composer(s) Richard Abbott, Barry Woods
Lyricist(s) Richard Abbott, Barry Woods
Conductor Noel Kelehan
Finals performance
Final result 14th
Final points 44
Appearance chronology
◄ "Rock 'n' Roll Kids" (1994)   
"The Voice" (1996) ►

"Dreamin'" was the Irish entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1995, performed in English by Eddie Friel.

The song is a ballad, with Friel singing about the dream he is having and how free he feels in it before he awakes.

The song was performed second on the night, following Poland's Justyna with "Sama" and preceding Germany's Stone & Stone with "Verliebt in Dich". At the close of voting, it had received 44 points, placing 14th in a field of 23. This result was something of a surprise, as Ireland had won the previous 3 Contests (and would in fact go on to win the next one). Rumours have persistently dogged the selection of song and performance on the night to the effect that Irish broadcaster RTÉ chose a weaker song so as not to incur the cost of hosing the contest for a successive year; however, the broadcaster had already agreed with the EBU before the contest that they would not have to host should the Irish song win.

The song was accused of strong plagiarism from "Moonlight" by Julie Felix. The song also bears a very striking resemblance to the 1958 Moon Mullican ballad "My love".

It was succeeded as Irish representative in the 1996 contest by Eimear Quinn with "The Voice" which went on to win the contest for Ireland yet again.