TG4, the Irish-language broadcaster, has revealed that Junior Eurovision Éire will begin on October 14. Details about the selection were released today as part of TG4’s Autumn Schedule Launch in the Tribeton in Galway.
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, the shows will be aired on delay in the preceding weeks. Junior Eurovision Éire will be broadcast for five weeks beginning on October 14, with the final being shown on November 11. The format is expected to be the same as the past three editions of the selection. 32 singers will compete over four semi-finals. In each semi-final, a jury will pick two artists to advance to a duel, from which one will qualify for the final. The jury can also pick two wildcards from the entries that did not qualify for the final, meaning that six songs will take part in the final.
Eoghan McDermott will return to host the show for the fourth year in a row. The judging panel has not been announced but it is expected to feature former Irish Eurovision entrants as guest judges which alternate from week to week.
Last year, Muireann McDonnell represented Ireland in Tbilisi with “Súile Glasa”. She finished 15th with 54 points, Ireland’s worst result in the contest to date.
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. 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.