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Ireland: Ryan O’Shaughnessy – Together

Ireland have finally got around to releasing Ryan O'Shaughnessy's song for Eurovision, Together. Ryan will perform in the second half of semi-1. When Ireland came last in 2013 they followed up with the same song in 2014 and failed to qualify. Molly Sterling was signed up in 2015, and for the brief moment she opened her eyes, she gave death stares down the camera. Though I'm not complaining, as the Irish delegation kindly gave me a lift to the airport that year. Nicky Byrne was drafted in for star-quality and his song-writing links in 2016. They failed to qualify again…
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Well they carried over one theme from last year: insipid.

User Rating: 2.46 ( 22 votes)

Ireland have finally got around to releasing Ryan O’Shaughnessy’s song for Eurovision, Together.

Ryan will perform in the second half of semi-1.

When Ireland came last in 2013 they followed up with the same song in 2014 and failed to qualify. Molly Sterling was signed up in 2015, and for the brief moment she opened her eyes, she gave death stares down the camera. Though I’m not complaining, as the Irish delegation kindly gave me a lift to the airport that year. Nicky Byrne was drafted in for star-quality and his song-writing links in 2016. They failed to qualify again due to horrific vocals and dark red staging, despite singing about sunlight!?

Last year they sent the impossibly high-pitched, Brendan Murray, with his insipid Dying to Try, complete with ‘I’ve-got-a-high-voice-so-they-gave-me-a-hot-air-balloon’ staging concept along with uncomfortable closeups of his petrified face and twitching eyebrows. So what’s on the menu this year?

Well they carried over one theme from last year: insipid.

The video paints a lovely mood set on an idyllic, cobbled Irish high street as two lads dance their love for each other. I can’t say I’ve ever tried performing interpretive dance on the way back from the pub before. The odd sway, perhaps. But it’s sweet, nonetheless. It probably does a good job of hiding everything that doesn’t happen in the song.

If you’re going to enter a delicate guitar-led folk song to Eurovision, it has to be simple and catchy like Malta 2013 or Belgium 2010. Or it has to built and leave a memorable impact. Unfortunately, Ireland does neither. It is a poor version of the Sheran genre lacking in hooks and the ability to sound current on commercial radio.

This is a tricky semi-final for Ireland with only the UK as allies. Together will need to be a masterpiece on stage to stand out sufficiently enough to beat Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Armenia, Cyprus and Greece to name just a eight. I would argue Ireland are behind several more countries too.

  • Has a nice, warm melody
  • Could be well performed on stage
  • Rather insipid
  • No reason for juries and televoters to vote for it

Fifth consecutive non-qualification for Ireland?

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6 comments

  1. For years Ireland have been stuck in some Groundhog Day groove of sweet but unremarkable blandness… Since Jedward they’ve consistently failed to think outside the box..
    Still ESC chart toppers for wins… But so hard to see where next triumph is coming from. A qualification would feel like victory after this effort.

  2. I actually think this is a step up from Ireland’s efforts of the last couple of years. Mind you, that is isn’t saying much.

    The song is rather sweet. It starts promisingly but the chorus doesn’t quite deliver.

    Then, as you say, Gav, there are the realities of the competition in Semi 1. With not everyone declared I can already identify 12 or 13 songs that are likely to garner more votes than Ireland, whether as a result of song quality, diaspora support or brown envelopes. NQ.

  3. It’s better than recent entries we’ve had. But in all honestly we’re gone and I may as well pick a country in the grand final to cheer on!

  4. Another poor attempt by Ireland. This is the third straight year where I’ve been pretty certain of an nq as soon as they’ve released the song, which I don’t think I can say for any other country apart from San Marino and Slovenia and that’s their problem, they continuously screw up the most important thing. Who is seriously going to have this as their favourite in semi 1? What juror is going to rank this in their top 5? It’s just so bland.
    On the positive side of things, it’s better than Iceland I guess.
    15th at best in the semi, lower if FYRoM and Lithuania are decent.

  5. This is a new low, even for RTE it will do well to avoid being Ireland’s worst ever finish. To avoid it it needs to beat 5 entries and at this time I can only see it beating one, Iceland.

    • Trying to be positive about it for once so here it goes. It is different to anything else in the semi and has a 2nd half draw and Ryan is a very good performer so I guess it’s not completely chancless (nothing is until all the songs are out and a running order is provided) but right now it’s only ahead of Iceland and marginally Switzerland imo and in the traffic light system a RED. It’s only hope of getting anywhere near the argument of qualification they need to distract as much as possible from the song…but RTE usually make things worse when they do that so not confident.

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