Irish broadcaster RTE confirmed today that Voice of Ireland and Britain’s Got Talent contestant Ryan O’Shaughnessy will represent Ireland in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. He will perform the song ‘Together’ in Lisbon in May.
Ireland hold the record for most Eurovision wins with seven victories under their belt, however the last time they won was in 1996. The past few years have seen particularly poor results with four non-qualifiers and a last place finish in the last five years.
In an attempt to turn this around, RTE held a forum with industry experts asking for advice and feedback on how they could improve their chances. Following this, the broadcaster received over 300 submissions and with the help of international Eurovision experts and RTE key decision makers listen to a shortlist that is rumoured to have been made up of acts such as duo the Heathers and Sex Pistols frontman Johnny Rotten.
RTE’s first choice was allegedly the Heathers but the girls turned down the offer, as they wished to showcase a song that they themselves had written. Rotten was ruled out as they didn’t want to take the risk on an experimental project given the brief that they wished to go back to basics.
In the end they have opted for Ryan O’Shaughnessy who first rose to prominence in the RTE soap ‘Fair City’ playing the role of Mark Haplin for over ten years. More recently he has competed in singing contests ‘The Voice of Ireland’ and ‘Britain’s Got Talent’. He will sing the song called ‘Together’ which has been co-written by O’Shaughnessy. The song is still being worked on but can be expected to debut in the next few weeks.
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