RTÉ have today confirmed that three singers and two dancers will accompany Ireland’s Eurovision Song Contest hopeful Ryan O’Shaughnessy when he performed his song Together in Lisbon.
Backing vocals will be performed by former XFactor hopeful Janet Grogan, Claire-Ann Varley and Remy Anna.
The two dancers who have been confirmed by the singer are Kevin O’Dwyer and Alan McGrath, the original dancers in the music video, which has now been viewed over 1 million times on YouTube.
Although there have been no further revelations from RTÉ or O’Shaughnessy with regards to the production of the performance, it is thought that they will recreate the same-sex storyline that forms part of the official music video.
Earlier this year, Ryan O’Shaughnessy dared Russia to boycott his song after there was speculation that the video violates Russia’s strict “anti-gay propaganda” ban.
Ryan tweeted: “The Russians are now threatening a broadcasting ban because of my video ‘Together’. Anti-gay propaganda regime at its finest! Hilarious if you ask me. #IDareYou”
The Russians are now threatening a broadcasting ban because of my video for ‘Together’. Anti-gay propaganda regime at its finest! Hilarious if you ask me.. #IDareYou https://t.co/6j1ECrdLBi
— Ryan O'Shaughnessy (@Ryan_Acoustic) March 12, 2018
Speaking about the video, which sees a young couple strolling through the streets of Temple Bar, O’Shaughnessy said: “It was amazing seeing the video come to life in the way it did, sticking with the original concept that love is universal and there are testing moments in every relationship.”
Ryan is hoping to put an end to the four-year run of Ireland not reaching the final of the competition and has been drumming up support on the preview circuit in the UK, Israel, Netherlands and Spain.
He previously appeared on Britain’s Got Talent where he sang ‘No Name’ which he wrote himself.
The Eurovision Song Contest semi-finals take place in Lisbon, Portugal on Tuesday, May 8 and Thursday, May 10t with the grand final taking place on Saturday, May 12.
If you want to cheer Ryan O’Shaughnessy on at the gayest Eurovision party Ireland has to offer, get yourself tickets for GCN’s annual amazing extravaganza Eurovision Douze Points Party on May 12th. Snap them up before they’re gone!
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