In tonight’s edition of BGT, we’re to meet singer Ryan O’Shaughnessy, who, in a bid to crunch numbers and figuring he’d score somewhere, signed up for The Voice pf Ireland AND Britain’s Got Talent…
However, earlier this month, when The Voice of Ireland’s producers discovered Ryan – who played Mark Halpin in soap Fair City for nine years – had auditioned for BGT, they were not impressed.
One of the show’s bosses, Larry Bass, said, “We weren’t aware of anything about Britain’s Got Talent until the day of the first live shows.
“I’m sure that they must have been just as p***ed off as us when they found out about it…
“Ryan had signed our contract first and we told him he was obliged to sing with us, even though he had progressed in Britain’s Got Talent.”
But the Sun adds that “crisis was unexpectedly averted” when coach Brian Kennedy booted Ryan off the show on the first night.
Bass added, “Brian knew nothing about anything that was going on with BGT and, if he had chosen to keep Ryan in, he would’ve had to continue with us or face legal consequences.
“We could have taken it further but I wouldn’t want to do that. I think he has learned a valuable lesson — he backed two horses probably never knowing that they could both come in.
“If Ryan had progressed further on the Voice it could have been a huge problem as the airing of Britain’s Got Talent would have caught up with us.
“Although Ryan is over 18, he’s still young and I spoke to his dad about everything. These things happen — not that often — but they do happen.
“I don’t know how far Ryan progresses on Britain’s Got Talent but he is a talented singer.”
As mentioned, we’ll see Ryan’s BGT audition tonight.