Telling A Gay Love Story, Ireland's Eurovision Entry Heads To Finals
Always a huge deal in Europe, the 63rd annual Eurovision Song Contest is currently underway in Lisbon, Portugal, with 43 countries vying for this year’s title.
Representing Ireland this year, former Britain’s Got Talent finalist Ryan O’Shaughnessy took to the big stage to perform his single, “Together.”
The music video for the song, which chronicles the breakup of a couple, features way cute dancers Kevin O’Dwyer and Alan McGrath falling in and out of a tender, romantic dance on the streets of Dublin.
The choreography by Ciaran Connolly is uber-charming as the flirtation between the young men is always the focus and the steps never overwhelm the storytelling.
On Tuesday night, the dancers joined O’Shaughnessy onstage, reprising their roles - and the moment the spotlight hit the duo the crowd roared with approval.
Did I mention the dancers are way cute?
The result? Oh yes, Ireland moves on into the finals! Let's hear it for sweet pop songs and cute boys!
You can watch the 2018 Eurovision Grand Final this Saturday on Logo, May 12 at 3pm ET/12pm PT.
In reviewing the finalists, The Guardian had this to say about the performance:
“The great surprise of Tuesday’s first semi-final was easily Ireland’s Ryan O’Shaughnessy. His 'Together' doesn’t sound impressive on first listen – a cliche-stuffed love song (“I thought we’d be together ’til we die”) – but in Lisbon it soared, a real tear-jerker. It was helped by great staging: a young couple dancing with each other on a park bench, and twirling around a lamp-post in the snow. Who are the couple? Two men. That might not go down well in Russia with its “gay propaganda” ban, but should everywhere else.”
Watch O’Shaughnessy and company in their Eurovision performance below:
And here’s the original music video with romantical dance moves:
And if you want to know just how seriously some folks take the annual Eurovision competitions, check out this Irish fan who loses it when he finds out his country made the finals:
THIS MAN NEARLY HAS A HEART ATTACK WHEN IRELAND GETS THROUGH TO THE EUROVISION FINAL! Video Credit: RTÉ's Derek Mooney! pic.twitter.com/eIeVLKXXF3
— Colm Flynn (@ColmFlynn1) May 8, 2018