Last night, 13 year old Zena Donnelly was selected to represent Ireland in Valletta later this month with the song ‘Bríce ar Bhríce’ at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016. After beating off 31 other participants in a five-week battle to become Ireland’s representative, during last night’s final she faced off five other contenders to make it to the ultimate duel and sing against fellow competitor Amy McGrath.
Today Zena’s song, ‘Bríce ar Bhríce’ performed in Gaelic, has been officially released, accompanied by the music video consisting of clips from recording and the live stage performance.
Zena had attempted to represent Ireland last year in Bulgaria with the song ‘I d’aonair’ (On your own), but narrowly missed out, coming second in the final. Ireland are hoping to improve on last year’s result in which Aimee Banks, who sung ‘Réalta na Mara’ (Star of the Sea), came 12th in a field of 17 with 36 points.
The Opening Ceremony which is being held on November 14th will be hosted by Taryn Mamo Cefai. The Opening Ceremony will mark the beginning of a week of activities and rehearsals ahead of the contest. Furthermore, the running order draw will take place to decide the order of the 17 participants performances.
Ben Camille and Valerie Vella will host the 14th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Malta. Ben Camille is a well-known television presenter and actor currently performing in a Maltese drama called Il Klikka. Eurovision fans will know Ben as the host of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2016 earlier this year. Valerie Vella is also a television presenter at TVM having been at the broadcaster for over 20 years. Valerie has announced the Maltese votes at Eurovision as well as being a commentator for TVM at the contest, she also hosted MESC a total of three times.