Former Britain’s Got Talent finalist Ryan O’Shaughnessy will represent Ireland in this year’s Eurovision competition, with his new single, “Together.”
The song, about a couple coming to terms with breaking up, has an accompanying video featuring dancers Alan McGrath and Kevin O’Dwyer, who play a couple dancing through the streets of Dublin while on a date.
The clip was directed by Christian Tierney, with choreography by Ciaran Connolly.
“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,” O’Shaughnessy told RTE.
Now the video for “Together” could be facing a broadcast ban in Russia since it features a same-sex couple—violating Russia’s strict anti-gay “propaganda” ban.
It is not known if the live performance of the song on Eurovision will feature a same-sex couple, but according to Eurovision rules, participating countries must broadcast all entries during the live broadcast or face “a possible ban.”
Learning of Russia possibly banning his video, O’Shaughnessy tweeted:
“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”
— Ryan O'Shaughnessy (@Ryan_Acoustic) March 12, 2018
It turns out Eurovision runs in O’Shaughnessy’s blood. His uncle, Gary O’Shaughnessy, represented Ireland in the 2001 Eurovision competition with his song “Without Your Love.”
“My mom said to me every year: ‘You have to enter a song this year’ and I never really did. It was always kind of pushed back,” he explained.
The 2018 Eurovision finals will take place May 12 in Portugal.