The next artist featured in our “Who Is” series for the Eurovision 2018 season is Ryan O’Shaughnessy from Ireland.
At the end of January, it was announced that Ryan O’Shaughnessy would represent Ireland at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. Let’s get to know a bit more about him.
Ryan O’Shaughnessy was born on 27th September 1992 in Dublin, Ireland. Ryan has been performing since he was just four years old, as he joined the Billie Barry Stage School and learnt to play the guitar, piano and saxophone as he was growing up. The singer is no stranger to competitions as he took part in The Voice of Ireland in 2012, and finished 5th place in Britain’s Got Talent in the same year. Following this, Ryan signed with Sony Music, which produced his first single “No Name”. From then, he has gone on to release three singles: “Fingertips”, “Evergreen”, and “She Won’t Wait”.
Ryan O’Shaughnessy will represent Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal this May. Ryan was internally selected by Irish broadcaster RTÉ, and will be singing “Together”.
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.