Chris Doran

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Christopher "Chris" Doran, (born 22 November 1979) from Waterford, Ireland was the winner of Ireland's You're a Star 2003-2004 talent search competition to find Ireland's Eurovision Song Contest entry. The competition held auditions throughout Ireland, and the winners went through to the final stages, with one act eventually decided on. The show was aired on RTÉ.

You're a Star[edit]

Chris Doran won the competition but there was controversy after Star Sunday revealed his song, "If My World Stopped Turning" written by Westlife's Brian McFadden, had been recorded by senior industry figures in the same studio used by Westlife and The Corrs. This was a contrast to the runner-up James Kilbane, whose track had been done "in house" by You're a Star's own arranger. This led to a marked difference in the sound of both tracks. Doran sang the song accompanied onstage by singing group Final 4, who had also participated in the Competition.

Eurovision 2004[edit]

Doran, along with Final 4, represented Ireland in the 49th Eurovision Song Contest, in Istanbul, Turkey in May 2004, finishing 22nd out of 24. The single however became a big hit in Ireland, where it topped the charts for two weeks.[1]

Recent career[edit]

Doran went on to release a number of other singles, scoring five Irish hits in total.[1] He also released an album in 2004. He was on the judging panel for a reality talent show, entitled "Sony Centre Star Search", on Waterford's WLR FM in 2006. He has also completed some recording work in the United States, having worked with producer Joe Staxx.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Chris Doran was born into a large family of the travelling community. His father died when he was a year old. Doran became a kickboxer in his youth and won many awards for this. He also worked as a builder before his music career took off.[2]



Year Title IRL
2004 "If My World Stopped Turning" 1
2004 "Nothing's Gonna Change My Love for You" 2
2004 "Right Here Waiting" 8
2006 "All of the Above" 22
2006 "You Know You Want It" 24
2008 "Hey Girl"


Year Title IRL
2004 Right Here


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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Mickey Harte
with "We've Got the World"
Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Donna & Joe
with "Love?"
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Mickey Joe Harte
Winner of You're a Star
Succeeded by
Donna and Joseph McCaul