Ireland has launched their search for the countries entrant for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017, with the application process now open.

Ireland has today launched the countries search for their entrant for this years Junior Eurovision Song Contest. TG4 as ever will be holding a televised selection show to pick their entrant for Junior Eurovision, with the winner representing Ireland at this years contest in November. The selection process is being held in two stages.

Stage One:

Applicants are asked to sing two songs of their choice. They should sing a 2 minute segment of each song. They will sing with no musical accompaniment or backing track. These auditions will be held across Ireland at the end of February.

From the first round auditions, the top singers and groups will be selected. They will be given a number of weeks to write their own Irish language song. The singers and groups must be involved in the song writing process, but they are allowed to be given help in writing their songs and in putting music to their songs.

Stage Two:

At the second stage the top singers and groups are invited to another round of auditions where they will present their song. A total of 32 singers and groups are then selected to go into the televised selection process. The selection will be filmed during May. In the first four episodes eight singers in each show will perform for the judges with one going through to the final show.

Singers must be aged between 9 and 14 years old as of November 19th, you can apply to represent Ireland at this years Junior Eurovision Song Contest here.

Source: TG4

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.