For all the dance crews, 12 year olds with pushy mother syndrome and pirouetting dog acts it brings up, very occasionally 'Britain's Got Talent' does actually find some promising new talent, as it indeed did with two acts this year. One of them was Essex based, Madness-esque three piece Loveable Rogues who are releasing their debut set of material later in the year, and the other was 19 year old Dublin singer/songwriter Ryan O'Shaughnessy, who, not content with standing behind other people's songs on the Irish version of 'The Voice', left that show and decided to audition for 'BGT' with his own self penned songs.
Ryan sings and writes with a maturity, rawness and depth that belies his age, but that strikes a universal chord. Though only 6 tracks long, this is the sort of album you can have on repeat for a good few hours. Songs like 'No Name' and 'First Kiss' are simple and understated and the production on them really reflects that - his songs tell a story and you feel very drawn in listening to them. That's the test of an artist who is really and truly about the music, and I feel confident with a talent for songwriting this strong Ryan will have no problem in making a mainstream success of himself.