RTÉ, the Irish national broadcaster, has just announced that the former Britain’s Got Talent finalist and Voice of Ireland contestant Ryan O’Shaughnessy will represent Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon.
Ryan O’Shaughnessy was a contestant in the first season of The Voice in Ireland, and also finished in 5th place in Britain’s Got Talent back in 2012. The song he is going to perform in Lisbon this May is titled “Together”, and it he co-wrote it with Mark Caplice and Laura Elizabeth Hughes. When talking about his song, Ryan stated:
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”.
“Together” was written especially for the Eurovision Song Contest, by writers working in The Nucleus, a new Irish songwriting team and hub, founded by Hamlet Sweeney, that brings the international model of collaborative songwriting to Ireland.
Whilst we are waiting for “Together” to be officially released, give a listen to one of Ryan O’Shaughnessy’s big hits here: