Ireland’s Eurovision singer for the 2018 contest has said he is planning to “step it up” for his live performance in Lisbon in May.
Ryan O’Shaughnessy spoke to the Irish broadcaster RTE after performing his song Together in front of a 10,000 strong crowd at Tel Aviv’s Israel Calling event:
“I think we’re going to do now is to step it up every time with our performance and by the time we get to Portugal we’ll have it nailed.”
One of the next performances for Ryan before landing in Lisbon will be with Finnish entry Saara Aalto at her special “Eurovision Wonderland” concert in London on 25 April.
In his interview with RTE, the 25-year-old singer also praised the huge crowd in Tel Aviv, saying there was “great energy” and “great vibes” on the night.
He also mentioned the strong camaraderie between all of this year’s contestants at the various preview events. Ryan said:
“Everybody’s getting along, there’s not so many false attitudes, everybody’s really positive and just happy to get along with one another which is really nice. There’s nothing worse that when people are trying to be something else. So that’s really positive, I like that a lot and I’m making some really good friends, I’m gravitating towards some people more than others, and I think that’s just the whole spirit of the event. It’s a really lovely vibe.”
Recently, the head of the Irish delegation for Eurovision 2018, Michael Kealy, expressed his confidence that Ireland can make it back to the Grand Final for the first time since 2013 when Ryan Dolan qualified in Malmo.
Ryan was selected by RTE this year after a rigorous internal process. He will sing Together in the penultimate slot of the first semi-final of Eurovision 2018 on Tuesday 8th May.
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.