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Ireland's Eurovision entry for 2018 is another ballad

Ireland's Eurovision entry for 2018 is another ballad”

Eurovision Song Contest victor Salvador Sobral has given fans a performance of sorts for the first time since his heart transplant.

A song by singer-songwriter Ryan O'Shaughnessy will represent Irleand in this year's Eurovision Song Contest. A song that he co-wrote, Together, was picked out of more than 300 other songs.

O'Shaughnessy said: "As one of three songwriters on Together, I'm delighted it has been chosen to represent Ireland in Eurovision 2018, and on top of that, to be asked to perform for my country is an absolute honour".

Ryan will have to make it through the first semi-final on May 8th if he wants a chance of restoring Ireland's fortunes in the grand final on May 12 - but with United Kingdom viewers able to vote in the first semi-final this year he may well have the support of those folks who remember him from BGT. 19 countries will perform in the first semifinal on May 8, 18 countries will perform in the second semifinal on May 10.

Ryan can't stay away from the small screen, as he also appeared on the finals of both The Voice of Ireland and Britain's Got Talent.

"I plan on doing Ireland proud".

"Ryan is honestly one of the most talented and handsome humans I have ever met and I'm so glad he gets to give it life in Portugal this May".

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

We're BIG Eurovision fans here so we can't wait to see how Ryan does.

The draw for the distribution of the participating countries between the two semi-finals of the contest was held today, on January 29.

His original song 'No Name' has over 45 million hits on YouTube, and his 2012 self-titled EP reached number one in Irish charts.



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