Britain’s Got Talent Judges predict a great future for DIT Student O’Shaughnessy
DIT Music student Ryan O’Shaughnessy wowed audiences and won the hearts of millions of viewers in the Britain’s Got Talent live final on Saturday night. Ryan may have been pipped to the post in the final by Ashley and her dancing dog Pudsey, but despite losing out Ryan has been branded a huge star with a bright future.
The 19 year old singer-songwriter from Loughshinny in north Co Dublin was among the bookies favourite to win after topping the voting in the semi final on Thursday. The talented DIT Student won over the hearts of the UK and Ireland and secured the most votes after performing a love song dedicated to his friend.
BGT judge Simon Cowell said: "I think you are a brilliant songwriter and I also think you are a brilliant singer”.
The DIT music student, who joined the Billie Barry stage school at four, played the part of Mark Halpin in Fair City for nine years before leaving to join boy band Mission 4. He also recently showcased his talent on The Voice of Ireland after getting through blind auditions and making it on to Brian Kennedy’s team.
Ryan, 19, is a first year student at BIMM Dublin and is studying Songwriting on the 4 year BA (Hons) Degree in Commercial Modern Music in partnership with the Dublin Institute of Technology. Prior to studying at BIMM Dublin, Ryan has acted on Fair City and most recently appeared on RTE’s The Voice of Ireland. Since Ryan started at BIMM Dublin, he has continuously demonstrated dedication to succeed in the music business and has impressed his tutors with his song-writing ability and talent. According to Ryan, “The tutors at BIMM Dublin are brilliant and have been really supportive of me throughout this process. The atmosphere in the college is amazing. Since I started in September the classes have really helped me develop my song writing, it’s a great place to study!”
Dara Kilkenny, College Manager at BIMM Dublin, commented; “We are so proud of Ryan and his success on Britain’s Got Talent. To make it to the final of what is a very tough competition, is such an achievement. Not only has Ryan performed very well, he is singing all of his own original material, which is unique on this type of show. I am very aware of all the hard work that Ryan and his tutors have put in during this first year and we are delighted to see such positive results so soon. It is a fantastic opportunity for Ryan to showcase his talents to a massive audience and everyone here at BIMM Dublin is here to support him, and all of our talented musicians in all their creative endeavours.”
BIMM Dublin, located in the heart of the Liberties offers a 4 year BA (Hons) degree course, validated by DIT. In addition, BIMM has colleges located in Brighton, Bristol and London. Students at BIMM Dublin study guitar, bass, drums, vocals, songwriting and music business studies. BIMM’s philosophy is ‘run by musicians for musicians’ and the BA (Hons) degree course is delivered by tutors who are active professional musicians with a variety of touring, performing and session experience under their belts. Some of the Irish music industry figures who tutor students at BIMM Dublin include, Cathy Davey, Ollie Cole, Joe Wall, Mark Greaney and Graham Hopkins. The course in modern music teaches students the tools to gain a career in a range of roles within the music industry both here and abroad, including artist management, live music production, performance and publishing.
For further information on BIMM Dublin;