At the start of Ryan O’Shaughnessy’s first Eurovision 2018 rehearsal, he’s standing centre stage next to a piano. As the camera pans around a woman on the piano comes into focus — clarifying the “Together” singer’s love interest. We soon see the two male dancers from his music video holding hands on a ramp. They later re-emerge, suggesting the universality of love across boundaries, including gender.
The staging is simple and pure — and it works with the tonality of the song. Nodding to Salvador Sobral, there are no fireworks here. But there is lovely blue lighting, Ryan strumming on his guitar, an old-school street light and a park bench. As snow falls at the end of the performance, the two lovers come together there. Fans of the song (and music video) will be pleased he’s honoured the sound — and showcased his vocals — with such sensitive staging.
Ryan O’Shaughnessy — “Together”: Reviews and Reactions
Ireland: First rehearsal at Eurovision 2018
Ireland: First press conference 2018
Photo & Footage: EBU & RTP