Muireann McDonnell has been revealed as the Irish representative for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017, despite the fact that the final of Junior Eurovision Éire is not due to be broadcast until two weeks time.
The reveal of Muireann McDonnell as this years Irish representative came after the official album of this years contest was released onto Spotify. This is not the first time that the winner of a selection has been revealed before the final has been broadcast. Earlier this year the Russian entrant for Junior Eurovision was announced ahead of the broadcast of the pre-recorded selection show.
Muireann McDonnell won the first semi final of Junior Eurovision Éire beating off competition from seven other talented singers from across Ireland. She will perform the song “Súile Glasa” in Tbilisi, Georgia becoming just the third Irish singer to take part in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
In each semi-final, a judging panel selects two songs to advance to a duel. The winner of the duel will again be chosen by the judging panel and will advance to the final. Two wildcards will also be selected to join the semi-final winners in the grand final. The judges will once again select two songs to advance to a final duel, the winner of which will represent Ireland in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017.
TG4 will broadcast the Junior Eurovision Song Contest on a delay, at 5.30 CET on November 26. This makes them one of two participating countries that will be not be broadcasting the contest live, the other being Australia.
Ireland in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
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.