Taylor Hynes has been revealed as the Irish participant for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 with the song “I.O.U”.
Host broadcaster of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 has revealed the act that will represent Ireland at this years contest. In a report on rehearsals for the competition in Minsk, BTRC has revealed that Taylor Hynes has been selected to represent Ireland in Belarus. The singer will be performing “I.O.U”.
Taylor is the first male singer to represent Ireland at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. He is also the first singer in the history of Junior Eurovision Eire to have been selected to represent Ireland, without winning on of the semi-final rounds. Taylor previously attempted to represent Ireland in 2016 with “Níos Airde”.
“I.O.U” was written by Taylor Hynes, Niall Mooney, Jonas Gladnikoff. This is the second time that Niall Mooney and Jonas Gladnikoff have written an Irish entry for Junior Eurovision, in 2015 they wrote “Réalta na Mara
(Star of the sea)”. They have also worked on the Irish Eurovision entries in 2009, 2010 and 2014.
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.