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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.

Waterford City in Munster, Ireland

Waterford is a city in Ireland. It is in County Waterford in the south east of Ireland and is part of the province of Munster. The city is situated at the head of Waterford Harbour. It is the oldest and the fifth most populous city in the Republic of Ireland. It is the eighth most populous city on the island of Ireland. Waterford City and County Council is the local government authority for the city. According to the 2016 Census, 53,504 people live in the city, with a wider metropolitan population of 82,963.

Republic of Ireland Ireland, a country in north-western Europe, occupying 5/6 of the island of Ireland; succeeded the Irish Free State (1937)

Ireland, also known as the Republic of Ireland, is a country in north-western Europe occupying 26 of 32 counties of the island of Ireland. The capital and largest city is Dublin, which is located on the eastern part of the island, and whose metropolitan area is home to around a third of the country's over 4.8 million inhabitants. The sovereign state shares its only land border with Northern Ireland, a part of the United Kingdom. It is otherwise surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the Celtic Sea to the south, St George's Channel to the south-east, and the Irish Sea to the east. It is a unitary, parliamentary republic. The legislature, the Oireachtas, consists of a lower house, Dáil Éireann, an upper house, Seanad Éireann, and an elected President who serves as the largely ceremonial head of state, but with some important powers and duties. The head of government is the Taoiseach, who is elected by the Dáil and appointed by the President; the Taoiseach in turn appoints other government ministers.

<i>Youre a Star</i>

You're a Star was a singing contest in Ireland, similar to The X Factor in the United Kingdom and American Idol in the USA. Created by Screentime ShinAwiL and Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ) in 2002, it was shown weekly on RTÉ One over the winter months of each year. The show was broadcast live from The Helix theatre in Dublin City University (DCU).


You're a Star

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.

"If My World Stopped Turning" was the Irish entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2004, performed in English by Chris Doran, who had an unusual previous career, being a former national kick boxing champion.

Brian McFadden Irish singer

Brian Nicholas McFadden is an Irish singer, songwriter and television presenter who rose to fame in 1998 as a member of the Irish boy band Westlife. Following his departure from Westlife in 2004, McFadden released his debut solo album, Irish Son. He has since released four studio albums: Set in Stone, Wall of Soundz, The Irish Connection and Otis.

Westlife Irish boy band

Westlife are an Irish pop vocal group, which formed in 1998 in Dublin, disbanded in 2012 and reunited in 2018. They were originally signed by Simon Cowell in the UK, Clive Davis in the US and managed by Louis Walsh and Sonny Takhar. The group currently consists of Nicky Byrne, Kian Egan, Mark Feehily, and Shane Filan.

Eurovision 2004

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]

Eurovision Song Contest 2004 Song contest

The Eurovision Song Contest 2004 was the 49th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Istanbul, Turkey, following Sertab Erener's win at the 2003 contest in Riga, Latvia with the song "Everyway That I Can" – marking the country's first victory in the contest. The national broadcaster Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT), staged the event at the Abdi İpekçi Arena on 12 and 15 May 2004.

Recent career

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

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]

Kickboxing group of stand-up combat sports based on kicking and punching

Kickboxing is a group of stand-up combat sports based on kicking and punching, historically developed from karate mixed with boxing. Kickboxing is practiced for self-defence, general fitness, or as a contact sport.

In June 2013 Chris Doran was one of eight people brought to a special sitting of Carrick-on-Suir district court following a row on a street in the town yesterday morning and was charged with affray. [3]



YearTitle 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"


YearTitle IRL
2004Right 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