According to the Irish Sun, singer Ryan O’Shaughnessy has been mooted as Ireland’s entry for Eurovision 2018. Earlier rumoured artists Heathers and John Lydon are now thought unlikely to represent Ireland in Lisbon.
The Irish broadcaster, RTÉ is expected to reveal a “male solo singer with TV experience” as Ireland’s entry in the coming days. Speculation that this refers to Ryan O’Shaughnessy has been fuelled by a post on his Instagram account about a “big announcement” coming tomorrow.
Ryan O’Shaughnessy finished fifth on Britain’s Got Talent in 2012 and has also appeared on the Irish version of The Voice and the RTÉ show The Hit. Three other names have been suggested by the Irish Sun in relation to the male solo singer rumour: Pat Byrne, Keith Hanley and Brendan McCahey, all of whom are winners of The Voice of Ireland.
The Irish Sun also reports that ex-Sex Pistol John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten) has been rejected by RTE this year with his entry Pleased To Meet You. Lydon is said to have made the ten-song shortlist but RTE decided he was not right for the contest this year, although he may be considered in future. In December it was reported that Lydon considered the potential opportunity to represent Ireland to be a “great honour.”
RTÉ are reported to have offered the other rumoured artist, twin sister duo Heathers a song by another writer. This was a “deal-breaker” for the duo who are accomplished song-writers in their own right.
Earlier this month, a number of panels were assessing potential Eurovision entries for Ireland. This followed a special Eurovision forum hosted by RTÉ with music industry professionals, media figures and Eurovision fans. The forum discussed how Ireland could end its poor run of form at Eurovision.
Ireland has failed to qualify for the Eurovision final for the past four years. In 2017, Brendan Murray finished in 13th place in his semi-final in Kyiv with the song Dying to Try.
Source: Irish Sun
Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest
Ireland debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1965 and is currently the most successful country to have participated in the contest, winning a total of seven times. During the 1990s Ireland was a powerhouse in the contest becoming the first country to win three years in a row from 1992 to 1994. Since 2000 Ireland has struggled in the contest having qualified from the semi-final into the final just five out of a possible 12 times. Ireland’s last top 10 result came in 2011 when Jedward finished 8th in Dusseldorf.