“Together”, the Irish entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, has been officially released. The song was played for the first time on the Ray D’Arcy Show on RTÉ Radio 1 earlier this afternoon.
You can listen to the song here:
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.
Ryan will perform in the second half of the first semi-final on May 8.