It passed most people by, but we now have 35 entries for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. Ireland’s Ryan O’Shaughnessy has premiered his song “Together”. The song had its premiere on radio this afternoon.
All “Together” now!
There wasn’t much of a notice for the Irish reveal. Broadcaster RTÉ didn’t say much before they finally played the song on radio this afternoon. The Ray D’Arcy Show had the honour of premiering the entry.
A couple of hours later, RTÉ published the official video online. The video features a couple dancing through the streets. Is the interpretive dance a sign of what we can expect on stage at the Eurovsion Song Contest?
An O’Shaughnessy legacy
The O’Shaughnessy family is no stranger to the Eurovision Song Contest. Ryan’s uncle already represented his country at the Eurovision Song Contest 2001. Gary O’Shaughnessy sang the song “Without Your Love”.
With a somewhat similar theme, his nephew Ryan will now represent Ireland. He was announced as the Irish entrant for Lisbon at the end of January. The singer rose to fame on talent shows, such as The Voice of Ireland and Britain’s Got Talent.
His Eurovision song was written by a team of composers connected to The Nucleus. Mark Caplice and Laura Elizabeth Hughes are the two main composers, with Ryan O’Shaughnessy himself as the third composer on the track.
At the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, Ryan will be hoping to bring Ireland back to the final for the first time since another Ryan, Ryan Dolan, did so in 2013. He then finished in last place. Ireland’s last top ten result dates back to 2011, when Jedward were flying the Irish flag with “Lipstick”. Ireland still hold the record for amount of victories, having won seven times, including four victories in the 1990s.
Ryan O’Shaughnessy will sing his song “Together” at the first semifinal of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.