Orla McCarthy of Adare Productions has revealed more about this years Irish selection for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
32 acts will once again be competing to represent Ireland at the competition, with the shows being recorded in October. The 32 acts are again split in to four heats, with one singer qualifying from each heat for the final. While one singer may also be awarded the wildcard in to the final.
As in previous years TG4 will not be airing their selection process live. Instead as part of a build up to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Minsk, Belarus, the shows will be aired on delay in the preceding weeks.
The application process to represent Ireland at the contest closed on August 23. Now a panel will look through all of the applications that were submitted to the broadcaster before a second round of auditions are held. At the second round of auditions participants will perform the Irish language song they want to send to Junior Eurovision, after this stage artists will be selected to take part in the televised selection.
Source: Dublin South FM
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. The country’s best result came 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.