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Ryan will be flying the flag for Ireland tonight

Ryan will be flying the flag for Ireland tonight

Ryan will be flying the flag for Ireland tonight

RYAN O’Shaughnessy will announce Ireland’s votes at the Eurovision Song Contest tonight.

The north Dublin singer represented Ireland at the Eurovision grand final in Lisbon three years ago and finished 16th with ‘Together’.

The song was marred in controversy when Chinese TV was banned from showing the final after they refused to show his performance in the semi-final, as it featured two male dancers in romantic moves with each other.

Several other public figures had high profile campaigns this year to try and represent Ireland as the vote announcer, but they were rebuffed after RTE stated they had already asked someone to do it.

Ryan (28) follows in the footsteps of the likes of Nicky Byrne and Eileen Dunne as Ireland’s announcer. The UK has chosen Amanda Holden to give their results.

Marty Whelan will do the voice over on RTE’s coverage, beginning at 8pm, while Graham Norton will do the UK version.

Duncan Laurence, who won the contest in 2019 for the Netherlands, will announce the Dutch results tonight.

He was meant to perform this evening but had to pull out due to a Covid positive result.

Last year’s contest had to be postponed because of the pandemic and just 3500 people will watch the show live in the Ahoy stadium.

Iceland has also been forced to pull out of doing a live performance after a couple of their group tested positive for Covid, and a performance they did in rehearsals will be shown instead.

Ireland failed to qualify for tonight’s final, will Lesley Roy and her track ‘Maps’ not making it into the top ten in the first semi-final on Tuesday.

Italy has merged as the front runners to win this year’s contest with a rock track, and others in major contention include Malta, France, Switzerland, Iceland and the Ukraine.

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