Speaking to Herald.ie, Micheal Kealy has expressed confidence in Ryan O’Shaughnessy chance of making it to the Eurovision final in Lisbon.
The Head of Delegation of Ireland has spoken of his confidence that Ireland can make it back to their first final since the 2013 contest in Malmo, Sweden. Speaking with the Herald.ie, Mr Kealy stated that;
“I’d be very hopeful that this song would certainly qualify, and if we get to the final it has the potential to do well.”
There has been criticism that following Ireland’s failure to qualify for the final last year in Kyiv with a ballad, that the country has opted to send another male lead ballad. The Head of Delegation explained that;
We considered all sorts of songs. There was up-tempo, fast, slow. The one the panel eventually decided on just happened to be a ballad, we felt it was a strong song. It wasn’t, ‘Oh, we entered a ballad last year, we can’t do it this year’.
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’.
Ryan will represent Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal this May. He 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.