Saturday 24 March 2018

WATCH: 'It takes a lot of time to become a classic' - Paul Harrington on Eurovision hopeful Ryan's dream to emulate Rock and Roll Kids

Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Former Eurovision winner Paul Harrington has responded to Ryan O'Shaughnessy's hopes of emulating his winning song at this year's competition.

Harrington and Charlie McGettigan won the contest for Ireland back in 1994 with their song, Rock 'n' Roll Kids.

Last week Skerries singer songwriter O'Shaughnessy (22) was announced as Ireland's entry for 2018 and he said he wanted to bring a "song and performance to Eurovision that we haven't seen since the days of 'Rock 'n' Roll Kids".

Speaking to at the launch of TV3's new series of The Restaurant about Ryan's hopes, Harrington said, "Why not?  He's a lovely young man, a great singer, great songwriter.  I haven't heard the song.  I don't even know if he's written it.  I'm assuming he has."

Ryan (22) penned the ballad 'Together' with co-writers Mark Caplice and Laura Elizabeth Hughes.

"I've met him several times and I know that song Rock and Roll Kids is a particular favourite of his," added Harrington.

Ryan O'Shaughnessy will represent Ireland at Eurovision
Ryan O'Shaughnessy will represent Ireland at Eurovision

"That's a classic nowadays and it takes a long time for something to become that or become part of the fabric or whatever you want to call it."

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He said it is perhaps time for Ireland to take a new approach in terms of our song entry.

"I think the thinking behind it is a nice idea.  I think going in guns blazing every year, as the old expression says, 'keep taking the same approach, expect the same result'," he said.

"So why not go back and try to do something a little old world.  I don't know if he's going to do something old-fashioned.  A good song is the key."

Ryan will perform the ballad at the first Eurovision Semi Final in Lisbon on Tuesday, May 8.

Speaking last week he said, Last year’s winning song from Salvador Sobral was a beautiful, melodic piece, and I think it may have carved the way for the Eurovision to revert back to being a song contest where true songs can flourish."

The final version of the song and video are still in production and will be released at a later date.

Ryan will be hoping to fare better than last year's Irish entry, the balled 'Dying to Try' which was sung by former Hometown member Brendan Murray and which failed to qualify for the final.

The Eurovision grand final takes place on Saturday May 12 after the semi finals on Tuesday May 8 and Thursday May 10.  The Restaurant kicks off on TV3 on Wednesday February 21 at 9pm.

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