TG4 the Irish language broadcaster has today confirmed that they will be participating in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017.

Ireland has become the fourth country to confirm that they will be participating in the 16th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. TG4 has confirmed that once again they will be using the Junior Eurovision Eire format to select their entrant for this years contest. Ireland will be hoping to replicate the success of Zena Donelly in Malta who finished 10th in the 2016 contest scoring 12 points from the adult juries in Italy and Malta. More details regarding the Irish selection process will be revealed soon.

To date four countries have confirmed their participation in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017, these countries are:

  • Belarus
  • Ireland
  • Cyprus
  • Russia

The host country of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 has yet to be decided. Georgia as of the end of November was in discussion as to whether they will host next years contest, other countries interested in hosting had until December 15th to submit their bids. Georgia won the 14th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Malta in 2016, they have thus been given first refusal as to whether they will be hosting next years contest. Previous announcements of the host city have come between December and January.

Source: Junior Eurovision Eire

Ireland debuted in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest at the 2015 contest in Sofia, Bulgaria. The countries participation is organised by the Irish language broadcaster, TG4. At the 2015 contest in Bulgaria Ireland was represented by Aimee Banks with the song “Réalta na mara”, she finished 12th in the final. At the 2016 contest in Malta, Ireland was represented by Zena Donelly with the song “Bríce ar Bhríce”. She finished 10th in the final scoring a total of 122 points, including receiving the countries first 12 points in the contest.