It has been confirmed today by Irish broadcaster RTÉ that Ryan O’Shaughnessy will represent Ireland with the song ‘Together’ at the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal.
Ryan was internally selected to represent Ireland, as has been the case since 2016 when Ireland decided to discontinue their National Final selection process.
It has been confirmed that his entry ‘Together’ will be a ballad however the song itself will be released publicly at a later date.
There were over 300 potential entries sent in as potential entries for Ireland at Eurovision 2018 before the deadline in November 2017. A panel consisting of music industry professionals selected Ryan O’Shaughnessy’s entry from the shortlisted entries.
There are 3 songwriters credited to the entry, Ryan O’Shaughnessy being one of them. The entry was written in collaboration with new Irish song writing team The Nucleus, founded by Hamlet Sweeney. The song was written especially for the Eurovision Song Contest.
When asked by Eurovision.tv how he felt about the song and represent his country, Ryan said:
As one of three songwriters on Together, I’m delighted it has been chosen to represent Ireland in Eurovision 2018, and on top of that, to be asked to perform for my country is an absolute honour. I plan on doing Ireland proud by bringing a song and performance to Eurovision that we haven’t seen since the days of Rock and Roll Kids. I can’t wait to get onto that stage and perform an honest piece for millions of people.
Ryan O’Shaughnessy has previous experience in competing on TV talent shows. Back in 2012 he competed in The Voice of Ireland where he was chosen to be on Brian Kennedy’s team at the blind auditions. Brian is a fellow Eurovision participant, having represented Ireland at the 2006 contest. He was selected to enter the live shows of the programme where simultaneously he auditioned for Britain’s Got Talent with his own song ‘No Name’.
After initially being disqualified from Britain’s Got Talent due to a clash of contract with The Voice of Ireland, he eventually was released from said contract and was allowed to return to the competition. Eventually he finished in 5th place.
Since then Ryan has been releasing music and released self-titled album ‘Ryan O’Shaughnessy’ in 2012, reaching Number 1 in the Irish Album Chart and Number 9 in the UK Album Chart.
Ryan also already has personal connections in the Eurovision world. His uncle, Gary O’Shaughnessy previously represented Ireland in 2001. His entry ‘Without Your Love’ finished in 21st place.
We will see Ryan O’Shaughnessy in the second half of the first semi final in Lisbon, Portugal on Tuesday the 8th of May 2018.
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.