The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rank and review the 43 songs competing in Eurovision 2018. Next we turn to Ireland where we listen to Britain’s Got Talent star Ryan O’Shaughnessy and his song “Together”. Did we feel the togetherness? Read on to find out!
Ryan O’Shaughnessy – “Together”
Bernardo: Just like last year, Ireland focuses its efforts in showcasing the lead singer’s vocal abilities. This time around, it works better. “Together” is a delicate ballad that warms your heart at night while you’re watching a movie with your loved one and Ryan’s vocals work better with a mainstream audience and the overall package seems to be better. Will it be enough to stand out? It’s a hard call to make.
Padraig: “Together” is painfully safe. Safe never wins Eurovision. Safe rarely qualifies. But at least the track is pleasant. No one’s going to rush to skip whenever it pops up on the playlist. Yet it’s telling that all of the hype has centred around the video’s gay love story. And while sweet, it feels like cynical pandering to the contest’s sizeable LGBT fanbase. Supposedly, this will be incorporated into the Lisbon stage show. How a budding man-on-man romance ties in with a boy-girl breakup song beats me.
Antranig: It looks like Ireland has learned nothing from last year’s kerfuffle. A good-looking young male performer with a song that sounds like it was written before he was born — that formula didn’t work last year and it won’t work this year. Admittedly, this is a step up from “Dying to Try” and Ryan has beautiful vocals but “Together” is nothing more than mediocre. The repetitive chorus doesn’t do it any favours either. Ireland needs to seriously change things up.
Deban: “Together” is delicate, yet so beautiful. Ryan O’Shaugnessy’s voice beholds a captivating fragility that cradles your emotions. He tells a familiar story in a new way—simple, relatable and heartwarming. Despite Ireland’s recent failed attempts to advance to the Eurovision grand final, they deserve applause for remaining committed to delivering quality entries.
Angus: “Together” is dull, overly sentimental and totally uninspired. But we are of course talking about Ireland at Eurovision in the 2010s, so that should come as a surprise to no-one. Ryan can sing and looks the part, he just doesn’t have the right song to sing. In three minutes the song fails to land a single impact and totally blends into the field of competing songs this year. Ireland can find promising artists, but it singularly fails to find promising songs.
Sebastian: Putting aside the beautiful video clip, “Together” is not quite all together. The recorded track has an early-demo quality to it, lacking any memorable chorus, beat or lyrics. It’s such a shame that Ryan’s amazing vocals have not been better utilised. The only hope for “Together” is to try and recreate its video clip on stage, somehow. Back to the drawing board, Ireland.
In the Wiwi Jury we have 20 jurors but only have room for six reviews. The remaining scores are below:
We have removed the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. This is to remove outliers and potential bias. We have removed a low of 2 and a high of 8.5.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 5.67/10
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