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Ireland will be competing in this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Minsk, Belarus.

Irish broadcaster TG4 have confirmed that Ireland will be taking part in the 2018 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. This will be their fourth entry since their debut in 2015. Their best result to date is 10th place, which was achieved by their 2016 entrant Zena Donelly with her song “Bríce ar bhríce”.

TG4 teased on their official Facebook page that “details of auditions are coming soon”, which suggests that they will be holding a national final as per previous years.

At last year’s contest in Tbilisi, Georgia, the nation was represented by Muireann McDonnell. The young singer placed 15th overall with her song “Súile Glasa”.

Source: TG4

The 2018 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Minsk, Belarus after the country won the bidding process before the 2017 contest even began. Olga Salamankha explained that Belarus was selected as the host for next years contest over other bids due to their long-term commitment to the competition.

The following countries have stated that they will be participating in Minsk:

  • Armenia
  • Belarus
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Ireland
  • Netherlands
  • Malta
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Wales

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.

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