There aren’t too many occasions when we get the opportunity to see vocalists get an opportunity to actually perform original songs on a reality show, but we saw this on “Britain’s Got Talent” Saturday night with Ryan O’Shaughnessy — a standout of an episode of the show that really did not provide too much in the way of new entertainment that we haven’t seen on past seasons already.
Despite being only just an Irish student, Ryan impressed just about everyone with not only his songwriting ability, but also his voice in choosing to belt out a song that he wrote for an unnamed woman who had never heard the song before. First and foremost, we admire the guy for not wanting to reveal her name on live TV — now, we just have to hope that it works out for him in the long run. (Sometimes, writing these love songs doesn’t work for some crazy reason — mostly because it sets the bar pretty awfully high no matter if you are a guy or a girl.)
As great as Ryan’s audition was (and it really was), there was some controversy that came along with it. Ryan had already auditioned for the Irish version of “The Voice,” and would have been forced to stay on that show over “BGT” if he had not already been eliminated from that competition. The strange part of this? That Ryan auditioned for this show seemingly in the midst of “The Voice” process, likely knowing that he would get more of an opportunity here to show off some original music.
What did you think about Ryan’s audition, and do you think it’s a smart move to have contestants audition for multiple shows at pretty much the same time?