A simple yet powerful performance where the vocals were spot on. That we saw from Ireland at first rehearsal today. Will that be enough to secure Ireland a good result this year?
Ireland is competing in the first semi-final as song number 18. They are represented by Ryan O’Shaughnessy and the song Together, which is written by Ryan himself in collaboration with Mark Caplice and Laura Elizabeth Hughes.
- 1 First Rehearsal
- 2 How Ryan O’Shaughnessy was selected
- 3 Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest
The song starts with Ryan all in black, at the front of the stage playing his white acoustic guitar. A solitary lamp post is shining behind him and we get through the first chorus. At the second verse, Ryan looks over and a female pianist is accompanying him. Two background female singers can also be seen. Then over a bridge from behind, Ryan’s dancers appear after yet another night out. Spotting the beam/bench centre stage ready for them, they dance in the quiet glow of the evening. Fortunately they are wearing warm coats as it starts to snow. Could be any month in Ireland, true, but we will assume it’s winter time.
The whole performance though ends looking like a nice Christmas postcard or a Holiday movie to warm the season. That then begs the question why Ryan’s dancers aren’t staying home to catch up on the Christmas movies on TV. Talking of warm, Ryan’s vocals were excellent, reaching all the high notes needed in the song. Comforting like a hot pot of Irish tea, can we dare dream that this will return the Emerald Isle to the final.
How Ryan O’Shaughnessy was selected
At the end of January, Irish broadcaster RTÉ announced Ryan O’Shaughnessy as their participant for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. He had been internally selected to represent the record holding country. Fans curious to hear what the singer, known from talent shows such as Britain’s Got Talent and The Voice of Ireland, however had to wait until March to hear the song.
Ryan will follow in the footsteps of his uncle Gary O’Shaughnessy, who represented Ireland back at the 2001 contest.
Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest
Flying hall, falling deep. That could be the title telling Ireland’s Eurovision story. The country holds the record as most winning country with seven victories, three of them in a row from 1992 to 1994.
Legendary Johnny Logan has won for Ireland three times. Twice performing himself; in 1980 with What’s Another Year? and again in 1987 with the stunning Hold Me Now. In 1992, he wrote Linda Martin’s victory entry Why Me?.
In recent years however, Ireland has struggled at the contest. Since the last Irish win in 1996, Sweden has won three times. They are now only one victory away from matching Ireland’s record.
Prior to the 2018 contest, the last time Ireland reached the final was back in 2013 when Ryan Dolan represented the country with the song Only Love Survives.
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