HERALD.IE REPORTS / IRELAND 🇮🇪 Ireland’s 2018 Eurovision entrant Ryan O’Shaughnessy has had a good-natured pop at RTE. The Together singer jokingly suggested bosses at the national broadcaster are relieved they won’t have to fork out to host the contest here next May after he was unsuccessful in Lisbon.
Former Britain’s Got Talent contestant Ryan ranked 16th overall in the Portuguese capital last month, but he thinks his bid for the Eurovision crown won’t have disappointed RTE too much.
“It was great, it was super – I don’t think you can prepare for the bubble you find yourself in when you’re there,” he said. “We went from 250/1 to 7/1 with the bookies, so we had a bit of success when it comes to that kind of thing – we got through the semi-finals. “I think everyone was happy, and RTE were happy we didn’t win it so we don’t have to host it next year!”
Ireland’s entry was one of the most talked-about performances at this year’s contest, as backing dancers Alan McGrath and Kevin O’Dwyer acted out the story of a same-sex couple on stage, which was censored by Chinese TV.
The catchy ballad hadn’t been expected to get through to the final, but was the first Irish song to make it to the final stage in five years.
Ryan, from Finglas, said he felt the pressure when it was announced he was one of the bookies’ favourites to walk away with the trophy, which was eventually won by Israel’s song Toy – the red-hot favourite – performed by Netta.
Although Ryan didn’t say if he was interested in heading back to the European extravaganza for another bid at the title next year, he thinks the key to victory is in the songwriting.
“There are amazing writers in Ireland,” he said.
IRELAND 🇮🇪 One of Ireland’s most iconic TV personalities wants to have a stab at Eurovision glory… again. But it could ruffle some feathers as Dustin the Turkey admits he’ll soar to the UK to do it if he has to.
Speaking to The Star, Dustin said: “I’m all grown up now. I’m 12. “I would love to go and represent the UK in the Eurovision and I’ll tell you why, it’s very simple, you get straight to the final.”
The gobbling ex-presenter of The Den also said: “I would love to do it with the UK. Sure what have the UK got to lose. My body and beautiful face just isn’t meant for Ireland.”
Dustin the Turkey previously represented Ireland in the Eurovision in 2008 where he failed to qualify for the grand final.
Speaking of the event, he said: “When RTE came to me and said we’re going to send you off to Eurovision, cos we don’t want to win this thing, here’s ten grand in a brown envelope, I said grand – I got a two week holiday to Serbia.”
IRELAND – Ryan and his dancers are bringing a sweet re-creation of the video clip on stage. It is not a bad song but I am afraid it will not be appealing enough the audience and I will agree with thee betting odds which at this moment predict Ireland out of the Grand Final. But I have to admit that the performance and the vocals are not bad at all.
ESCKAZ.COM: Improved lighting. As much as I’m not a fan of the dancing at least it looks professional.
ESCBUBBLE.COM: I think the mix of shots between Ryan and the dancers is also not optimised. Ryan doesn’t sell the song particularly well, as Melissa rightly points out, but in all honesty he doesn’t have much opportunity. It feels like he’s only actually on screen for about 45secs of the entire piece.
ESCXTRA.COM: Ryan actually sounded slightly out of tune for his first run through…he soon picked it back up slightly, but it wasn’t great. For his second run through, he sounds a lot better!
EUROVOIX.COM: Vocally he performed much better, and didn’t struggle with the chorus as much. This will struggle with both the televote and the jury and I can’t see it qualifying in this state, while being in between two much stronger songs.
IRELAND – Ireland’s Eurovision hopeful Ryan O’Shaughnessy has said he’s going to “step it up” ahead of next month’s contest in the Portuguese capital of Lisbon. The 25-year-old Dublin born singer will be performing his track Together, which he wrote as part of a team of The Nucleus writers, in the first semi-final on Tuesday May 8. The former Britain’s Got Talent finalist spoke to RTÉ Entertainment at the pre-Eurovision Israel Calling event this week, where he revealed his confidence levels are high following a live performance in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square in front of a crowd of over 10,000 people.
Although he admitted the live performance in front of a huge crowd was “really intense,” he said there was “great energy” and “great vibes” on the night.The Skerries star said he’s feeling confident about the upcoming contest in May.
“I felt confident about it from the start and I think I’m still on that wavelength,” he said. “I’m trying not to over think it too much and just do my best every time and practice makes perfect so the more we do it the better it’s going to get.
“I think we’re going to do now is to step it up every time with our performance and by the time we get to Portugal we’ll have it nailed.”
When asked if he enjoyed any other performances at Israel Calling, Ryan said “there’s a lot of songs to take in, a lot of music”, but singled out France’s Madame Monsieur and Iceland’s Ari Ólafsson for praise.
He added: “When you’re performing like that you don’t really have much time to take in other people’s performances because you’re thinking about your own. It’s a bit selfish but that’s the way it is. I know there were a lot of really good performances.”
A group of 25 of this year’s Eurovision contestants got a chance to bond and get to know one another at Israel Calling, and while Ryan says it’s been “a really good party” he’s hoping to get “a bit of downtime now in Dublin for a day”.
“I might get an hour to sleep at some point”, he joked, before continuing: “There’s two more parties to go and a London show before we get to Lisbon and a full week of rehearsals so it’s just go go go.
“I’m looking forward to the 13th of May and being able to just relax. The lead up to that is going to be really intense but I like being busy and it’s been a lot of fun.”
When it was suggested that the Eurovision hopefuls seem more like friends than competitors, Ryan said: “It’s kind of that way, yeah. Everybody’s getting along, there’s not so many false attitudes, everybody’s really positive and just happy to get along with one another which is really nice.
“There’s nothing worse that when people are trying to be something else. So that’s really positive, I like that a lot and I’m making some really good friends, I’m gravitating towards some people more than others, and I think that’s just the whole spirit of the event. It’s a really lovely vibe.”
The singer-songwriter says he’s relishing the chance to visit other countries with the Eurovision class of 2018 and make the most of the opportunity.
“We’re all travelling from country to country and we’re going to meet each other in different places, it’s a rare gathering, so I think everyone knows that and everyone feels that energy and it’s about really making the most of it”, he said.
Ryan will perform his track Together in the first Eurovision semi-final on Tuesday May 8. The second semi-final takes place on Thursday May 10, with the final set for Saturday May 12.
Joining Saara on her show on 25th April is X Factor winner Matt Terry, and Irish Eurovision entry Ryan O’Shaughnessy. The show will take place at Under the Bridge in London. Saara has mentioned that she will be performing songs from her album, as well as “lots of Eurovision surprises”. Tickets have gone on sale, and are available to purchase.
IRELAND – Ryan O’Shaughnessy and the song Together will represent Ireland in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest after final confirmation today by the Irish national broadcaster.
Ryan O’Shaughnessy is an Irish singer-songwriter and former actor from Skerries, Dublin, known for reaching the final of the sixth series of Britain’s Got Talent in May 2012, finishing in fifth place, as well as appearing on the first series of The Voice of Ireland. On 31 January 2018 it was announced that O’Shaughnessy will represent Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 with the song “Together”.
The Voice of Ireland
O’Shaughnessy entered The Voice of Ireland in 2012. At his audition he sang “The Power of Love”, at which he defaulted to Brian Kennedy’s team. For the battle shows he was put up against Colin Hand. They performed “One” by U2. Kennedy decided to send Ryan through to the live shows.
Britain’s Got Talent
After the battle rounds but before the live shows of The Voice of Ireland, O’Shaughnessy auditioned for Britain’s Got Talent. He performed a self-written song called “No Name”. The inspiration behind the song was a girl he had a crush on. He received three yeses from Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams. The audition aired after his elimination from The Voice of Ireland. At that time, O’Shaughnessy was contracted to record company Universal Records. One week before the live shows of The Voice of Ireland, the Britain’s Got Talent call-backs were held. The judges were going to send O’Shaughnessy through to the live shows, but due to his place on the live shows on The Voice of Ireland and contract with Universal, he was disqualified. It was later announced that O’Shaughnessy would appear in the semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent after being released from his contract with Universal. He performed in the last semi-final where he performed another original song entitled “First Kiss”. He received the most votes and was automatically sent through to the final. For the final, he performed “No Name” a second time and placed 5th in the competition, with 4.8% of the vote.
Post Britain’s Got Talent
On 19 May 2012, it was announced O’Shaughnessy had signed a record deal with Sony Music. His first single “No Name” was released on 5 August, and he released his debut mini-album Ryan O’Shaughnessy on 13 August 2012. The mini-album contains six songs which are all penned by O’Shaughnessy himself, which includes the song “First Kiss”, which he performed on Britain’s Got Talent. On 10 August 2012, he performed in his hometown, meeting the fans and signing copies of his mini-album. On 23 August, he performed No Name, his debut single, live on This Morning. On 30 August, he announced details of his first UK headline tour and played 11 dates throughout October 2012. In 2015, O’Shaughnessy released 2 singles from his hidden catalogue; Fingertips and Evergreen. In early 2016, O’Shaughnessy released another single; She won’t wait. O’Shaughnessy is currently working on his debut album, which was projected for release in July 2016.
In July 2013, it was announced that O’Shaughnessy would be one of the artists taking part in the new Irish songwriting competition The Hit, going against his former The Voice coach Brian Kennedy. The show, which aired on 2 August 2013, saw six songwriters pitching their songs to both artists. In the initial stage each artist had to choose two of these six songs. O’Shaughnessy chose a song called “Blush” by Gavin Doyle and “Who Do You Love?” by Mark Graham & Frances Mitchell. O’Shaughnessy chose to release “Who Do You Love?” to enter the chart battle against Kennedy. O’Shaughnessy won the chart battle with the single charting at No.3 in the Irish Singles Chart beating Kennedy’s song “Try” which charted at No.15. On 30 August 2013 O’Shaughnessy, along with the four other chart battle winners, returned to perform their song live in The O2 for the Grand Finale with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.
In 2015, O’Shaughnessy established Dublin based record label ‘Bayview Records’.
THESUN.IE REPORTS / IRELAND – RTE bosses are plotting to send twin sisters’ band Heathers to represent Ireland at the Eurovision. The Irish Sun on Sunday has learned station chiefs want Louise and Ellie MacNamara to sing in Lisbon this year.
However, they’ve yet to say yes, as the talented duo are working in different countries this year and collaborating on an upcoming album.
RTE insiders say the sisters — hailed as Ireland’s answer to Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit — are accomplished writers and performers and the dream act to represent Ireland.
Asked if they’d consider the Eurovision gig, Louise told the Irish Sun on Sunday: “Maybe. I’m not going to say yes or no. Possibly — but for me we’re focusing on a new record.”
With two acclaimed albums under their belt, Heathers say they wouldn’t be put off singing in Eurovision. Louise added: “I think the competition has changed over the last couple of years.
“There are a lot more credible acts going for Eurovision now. I don’t think it’s something to throw away or to not consider.”
While Ellie, 28, is based in New York, twin sister Louise is mixing music with her day job as a lecturer at the BIMM Institute in Dublin.
Eurovision rumours aside, Heathers continue to work on their next album. Louise said: “It’s not as if we can’t work together.