It’s Ireland’s most successful Eurovision entry of recent years. But, in a new interview, Ryan O’Shaughnessy has revealed that the original plans for “Together” were a little different. That’s because he originally wrote the song for Brendan Murray.
Ryan O’Shaughnessy wrote “Together” for Brendan Murray and Eurovision 2017
The history books show that Ryan performed “Together” at Eurovision 2018 in Lisbon. He secured Ireland its first qualification in five years and an elusive top 20 finish on the final scoreboard.
However, speaking to the ARIS UFBA YouTube channel, O’Shaughnessy discloses that he actually wrote the entry for his immediate predecessor in the contest — Brendan Murray.
“I wrote the song for the artist who performed the year before me. So, that song was written for Brendan Murray. The song was written a year previous. And then, when 2018 came around, the decision-makers decided that they liked the song “Together”.
Louis Walsh didn’t like “Together”
The surprised interviewer opines that “Together” is a “much better” entry than “Dying To Try”, prompting Ryan to elaborate further.
So, Brendan’s manager Louis Walsh didn’t like the song and they went and they chose the song from a famous songwriter — because, if it comes from a famous songwriter surely it’s better. That’s the reason why.
“Dying To Try” failed to qualify for the 2017 final, stalling at 13th place in its semi.
This also explains why parts of the song were higher than most of Ryan’s other releases.
And that’s why the vocal is so high, because Brendan Murray has a much higher range than I do. So, I had to go in, I had to sing it at the same key.
The comments were part of an hour-long interview. Click here to watch and skip to the 30-minute mark to hear Ryan discuss “Together”.
Are you shocked by Ryan’s revelation? Are you disappointed that Brendan didn’t get to sing “Together”? Or was it fate that Ryan would take his song to Eurovision instead? Let us know in the comments.