Ryan O'Shaughnessy‘We did it 7 times already. So, if any country can do it, we can do it.’

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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Last night, Ireland’s entry qualified for the final of the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time in 5 years, helmed by 25-year-old Ryan O’Shaughnessy from Dublin. He joined Ray D’Arcy on the phone from Portugal to reflect on a job well done.

Ryan described the tense moments where it looked like Ireland might fail to qualify once again.

“It was actually pretty tough because the cameras were pointed at Switzerland, who were right beside us…I actually didn’t think we were through. I had a lot of confidence right there until that last moment. And then, yeah. We did good. We did alright.”

Ray commented that Ryan had looked relaxed and in control during the performance. Ryan thinks that the team you work with is a big factor.

“I think it’s all about the people you surround yourself with and this team has just been super good.” 

One thing is certain though. Despite Ray still not being convinced about the two contemporary dancers who accompany Ryan on stage, they seem to have gone down a treat with the crowd. Ryan joked that “the lads were the main attraction”. He’s looking forward to the final this weekend.

“It gives Ireland a bit of an excuse now for a session on Saturday night.”

And how does he rate the chances of an Irish win?

“I think we can do it. I do think we can. We did it 7 times already. So, if any country can do it, we can do it.”

Listen back to the full interview on The Ray D’Arcy Show here.

© The Listener 2018

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