Ryan O’Shaugnessy has revealed that “Together” was originally intended to compete in Eurovision 2017 but was rejected by Louis Walsh.
Speaking to ARIS UFBA, Ryan O’Shaugnessy has revealed that his entry for Eurovision 2018 had originally been submitted into the Irish selection process for the 2017 contest in Kyiv, Ukraine.
According to Ryan the song which was written by him, Mark Caplice and Laura Elizabeth Hughes was originally written for Brendan Murray to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. However the song was turned down by Brendan’s mentor Louis Walsh who wanted a song by more well known composers to represent Ireland in Kyiv.
For the following years contest Ryan was contacted by RTE about the song and was asked about performing the song at Eurovision. Ryan explained that he originally turned down the idea of performing song, however agreed once RTE agreed that Ryan would have control over the staging, performance and production.
Ryan went on to take Ireland back to the Eurovision Song Contest final for the first time since 2013. He would finish 16th in the final scoring a total of 136 points
Image Source: Eurovision.tv / Source: ARIS UFBA / ESC Portugal
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 1990’s 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 six out of a possible 13 times. Ireland’s last top 10 result came in 2011 when Jedward finished 8th in Dusseldorf.