Former Britain's Got Talent star Ryan O'Shaughnessy to represent Ireland at Eurovision 2018

Singer-songwriter hoping to reach grand final with ballad 'Together'

Ryan O'Shaughnessy on Britain's Got Talent

Another Britain’s Got Talent star has entered the Eurovision 2018 race, with Ryan O’Shaughnessy representing Ireland at the music contest.

Ryan finished in fifth place on the ITV talent contest in 2012, impressing viewers with his original song ‘No Name’.

Now he’ll be hoping to win over Europe after the Republic Of Ireland’s national broadcaster RTE selected him as their act for the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest.

The 25-year-old co-wrote his entry, a ballad entitled ‘Together’. It was chosen from a list of 300 candidates by a panel of music industry professionals.

“As one of three songwriters on Together, I’m delighted it has been chosen to represent Ireland in Eurovision 2018,” Ryan commented.

“On top of that, to be asked to perform for my country is an absolute honour.

“I plan on doing Ireland proud. I can’t wait to get onto that stage and perform an honest piece for millions of people.”

Ryan’s involvement comes after another ex-Britain’s Got Talent contestant was named among six hopefuls competing to represent the UK.

Asanda Jezile, who reached the BGT final in 2013, will perform her song ‘Legends’ on BBC Two’s 'Eurovision: You Decide' on Wednesday 7th February.

The act that finishes top of the combined public and jury vote on the night will become the UK’s entry.

While the UK automatically goes through to the Eurovision final due to its status as one of the ‘Big Five’ countries, Ryan faces another hurdle.

He will compete against 18 rival countries in the first semi-final for a coveted slot in the main event.

Following BGT, Ryan released a self-titled EP on Sony Music, which topped Irish charts and reached #9 in the UK.

He now has his own label, Bayview Records, and put out his debut full-length album in 2016.

The Eurovision Song Contest 2018 takes place in Lisbon, Portugal on Tuesday 8th, Thursday 10th and Saturday 12th May.

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