Ireland’s path to Lisbon has been long and winding. Ever since RTÉ confirmed they were going internal once more at August’s Eurovision Forum, the rumour mill has been in overdrive. But it looks like, just maybe, the saga is almost at an end.
This morning, it was reported that TV bosses had rejected bids from ex-Sex Pistol John Lydon and the folk-pop duo Heathers. And according to the same report in The Irish Sun, the broadcaster has settled on a male solo artist. The tabloid listed a number of names, including former Voice of Ireland and Britain’s Got Talent contestant Ryan O’Shaughnessy.
Mere hours later, Ryan shared a black and white image across his social media portfolio — Twitter, Facebook, Instagram. The fairly innocuous picture shows the singer sitting on steps, wrapped up in a winter jacket and scarf, yet also donning shades. However, it’s the accompanying caption that’s caught everyone’s attention.
“Big announcement coming tomorrow!” he writes, signing off with an Irish flag emoji.
Has he let the cat out of the bag? Eurofans are certainly adding “announcement” plus “Irish flag” and getting “Eurovision”.
— Ethno Jazz-Framework Elainovisão (@elainovision) January 30, 2018
Ok I’m almost certain it’s Ryan O’Shaughnessy for #eurovision. Decent singer, it’ll be about the song though. It NEEDS to be decent. I want a qualifier this year pls. ??
— Keith (@Ragin_Spice) January 30, 2018
You do realise now the Eurovision fans are on to you wondering?!
— Je m’appelle Percy ?????? (@UnitedSingdom) January 30, 2018
There is a chance that the timing is merely coincidence. Perhaps Ryan will play a major role in upcoming St.Patrick’s Day festivities? Or maybe he’s heading off to Korea as part of the Irish Olympics team? Could he just be super excited about Ireland’s chances in the Six Nations rugby tournament starting at the weekend?
When you think about it, Eurovision just might be the most obvious option.
To add further fuel to the fire, Ireland’s most recent Head of Press Rayna Connery is among his newest followers on Twitter. The plot thickens. Is she merely a fan?
Who is Ryan O’Shaughenessy?
The former child actor turned pop star is no stranger to singing competitions. He competed in both the Voice Of Ireland and Britain’s Got Talent in 2012, causing a whole load of drama when both shows clashed.
(Un)luckily for him he was eliminated during the first live show of the Voice, enabling him to continue on to the final of BGT. Afterwards he released two singles and an EP which cracked the top ten in both Ireland and the UK.
He also appeared on the Irish version of The Hit in 2013. His most recent album Back To Square One came out in 2016.
If he is destined for Eurovision, he’ll be hoping to do better than his Uncle Gary, who came third from bottom in 2001 with “Without Your Love”.
But first he would need to make it to the grand final. Ireland last reached that milestone in 2013.
What do you think? Could Ryan O’Shaughnessy be the mystery male solo artist? Would he be a good choice for Ireland. Let us know in the comments below.
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