Gwenaelle Noval has won the second semi-final of Junior Eurovision Éire 2017 with her song “Lig Dom Lonrú” and will compete in the final of the competition on November 19.
Gwenaelle Noval and Aoife Goodison both advanced to the sing-off round, in which they performed their songs again. Gwenaelle was then chosen by the panel to advance to the final. Tonight’s panel consisted of regalar judges Fiachna Ó Braonáin and Bláthnaid Tracey, along with guest judges Jedward, who represented Ireland in 2011 and 2012. Both Jedward and Bláthnaid chose to send Gwenaelle to the final, meaning that Fiachna did not need to vote.
Competing tonight were:
- Mini Mix – Cairde Go Deo (Friends Forever)
- Gwenaelle Noval – Lig Dom Lonrú (Let Me Shine)
- Adria Gannon – Sólás (Comfort)
- Róise Devlin – Anonn agus Anall (To and Fro)
- Aoife Goodson – Diamaint (Diamonds)
- Cailín Ní Thréinir – Ní Mhaireann Aon Rud Go Deo (Nothing Lasts Forever)
- Adam O’Connor – Do Lá Úrnua É (It’s Your New Day)
- Chloe Winters – Cá Bhfuil Tú Anois? (Where Are You Now?)
Gwenaelle Noval will now compete against Muireann McDonnell, the winners of the two remaining semi-finals and possibly up to two wildcards in the final on November 19. The winner will become Ireland’s third participant in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest and will take part in this year’s contest in Tbilisi, the captial of Georgia.
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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.