Hayley Keogh has been named as one of the 32 artists that will be taking part in the Irish Junior Eurovision national selection.
According to Irish newspaper Leinster Leader, 13-year-old Hayley Keogh is one of the artists hoping to represent Ireland at this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Tbilisi, Georgia. Hayley is one of the final 32 contestants hoping to represent her country, and will be singing her own original song in Irish.
This isn’t the first time Hayley has competed in a competition. She recently performed at the finals of Teen Stars All-Irelands last weekend, and has been chosen to sing at this year’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby. Hayley started singing at the age of 6 years old.
The national selection will be shown on TG4 in the next few months. TG4 confirmed that they will be using the same Junior Eurovision Eire format to select their entrant this year. 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 the following countries have confirmed their participation in Junior Eurovision 2017:
No countries have announced their intention to withdraw from this years competition so far. However, Belgium, Denmark, Latvia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom have all ruled out returning to the competition, having all previously competed in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest since it was first held in 2003.
The 15th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest later this year in Tbilisi, Georgia. The contest is to be held at the Tbilisi Sports Palace on November 26. It is the first time that the three-time winners of the contest have hosted Junior Eurovision.
Changes have been made to the rules of this years contest. The amount of a song that can be performed in English has been increased to 40% of the lyrics. While the number of voices on the backing track has been increased from five to six singers.
Source: Leinster Leader
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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.