Anna Kearney has won Junior Eurovision Éire 2019 and will represent Ireland in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Gliwice with the song “Banshee”.
The final of Junior Eurovision Éire took place this evening with three participants competing for the chance to represent Ireland in Gliwice. Each finalist performed two songs; one which they had already performed during the competition and a winning Irish Eurovision entry. The judges chose two participants to advance to the final sing-off, the winner of which would represent Ireland at Junior Eurovision 2019. The Irish entry for Gliwice, “Banshee”, was revealed at the end of the show.
“Banshee” was written by Niall Mooney, Fiachna Ó Braonáin, Anna Banks and Anna Kearney. It was composed by Cyprian Cassar, Jonas Gladnikoff and Daniel Caruana. Anna Banks is the sister of Aimee Banks, the first Irish Junior Eurovision representative in 2015. Niall Mooney and Jonas Gladnikoff were also behind the Irish Junior Eurovision entries in 2015 “Réalta na Mara” and 2018 “IOU”.
The judging panel was made up of Gráinne Bleasdale, who was returning to the jury for the second year and radio presenter Chris Greene. Joining Gráinne and Chris as guest judges were Linda Martin and Fiachna Ó Braonáin. Linda represented Ireland in 1983 and won the contest in 1992. Fiachna Ó Braonáin is a member of the Hothouse Flowers and was a permanent judge on Junior Eurovision Éire from 2016 to 2018. He is also the composer of this year’s Irish Junior Eurovision entry. Mícheál Ó Ciarraidh was also backstage to interview the contestants.
The results of the show were as follows:
- Anna Kearney: “Symphony” / “Why Me?” – Sing-Off
- Orla McDermott: “Linger” / “Rock’n’Roll Kids” – 3rd
- Savannah Phoenix-Munroe: “Circle of Life” / “Hold Me Now” – Sing-Off
Anna and Savannah advanced to the final sing-off. Savannah received votes from Chris while Anna received votes from Gráinne, Fiachna and Linda, making her the winner of Junior Eurovision Éire 2019.
Ireland was represented by Taylor Hynes at Junior Eurovision 2018 in Minsk, Belarus. He performed the song “IOU” and went on to finish 15th with a total of 48 points. Ireland was 16th with juries scoring 12 points and 15th with the online vote receiving 36 points.
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 Donnelly 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.