They captured fans’ hearts when they first appeared in the “Together” music video. And now, Ireland’s Ryan O’Shaughnessy has confirmed that the two male dancers from the clip will join him on stage in Lisbon.
The singer-songwriter broke the news on his Instagram story, when he revealed his six person on-stage team. Along with Ryan himself, #TeamIreland will include the dancing duo — Kevin O’Dwyer and Alan McGrath — and three female backing vocalists — Claire Ann Varley, Janet Grogan and Remy Naidoo.
A behind-the-scenes snap shows the smiling six after some final rehearsals on home soil.
Ryan’s supporting quintet includes a number of familiar faces. Janet previously auditioned for the UK X Factor, while Remy appeared on The Voice of Ireland. Keen Eurovision fans may recognise Alan, or rather his pectorals — he was one of the three oiled-up topless dancers who accompanied Ryan Dolan in 2013.
Ireland’s stage show
During an Irish radio interview on Tuesday, Ryan remained coy about his exact staging plans. Although, given the presence of Kevin and Alan, it is clear that the gay love story from the music video will be retold inside the Altice Arena.
This isn’t exactly news, since Michael Kealy, the Irish Head of Delegation, essentially confirmed that this would be the case. Speaking to wiwibloggs in early March, he said “I would be surprised if you didn’t see it [the music video] translated to the stage in some way”.
While depictions of same-sex relationships are nothing new at Eurovision, it’s almost certain that many media outlets will latch on to the theme in search of sensationalist headlines.
They already have form. In the immediate aftermath of the video’s release, several websites reported on a “Russian ban” that never was.
Ryan may be keeping shtum for now, but all will become clear following his first rehearsal, which is just days away. He and his team will take to the Lisbon stage for the first time on Monday 30 April.
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