The Irish jury for Eurojury 2020 is formed of four members, consisting of Nikki Kavanagh, Ryan O’Shaughnessy, Eamonn Toal, and Kenneth Giles.
Each voting nation is represented by a jury consisting of past Eurovision, Junior Eurovision, national final participants and special guests. Each juror is asked to form a ranking of their favourite competing songs which is combined with the other jurors in their country.
Nikki Kavanagh is a singer that has tried to represent Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest on two separate occasions. Her first appearance at Eurosong was in 2011 when she sang “Falling” while being mentored by David Hayes. Eventually she finished 2nd in the selection show to Jedward.
Four years later, Nikki returned to the Eurosong in 2015 with the song “Memories (In Melody)” which finished the selection show in 4th place. She has also been at the Eurovision Song Contest itself in 2010 providing backing vocalists for Niamh Kavanagh. In addition she has previously been a backing vocalist for Rod Stewart, Cilla Black and Dannii Minogue.
Besides her successful music career, Nikki has become an award winning professional make-up artist as well as setting up her own bridal boutique business.
Ryan O’Shaughnessy’s music career first came to attention in 2012 when he appeared on the first series of The Voice of Ireland. He also simultaneously appeared on Britain’s Got Talent where he sang his original song “No Name” to high praise from the judges in his audition.
Initially in Britain’s Got Talent he was denied a place in the semi finals due to his contract on The Voice of Ireland, however this was overruled eventually meaning Ryan could continue in Britain’s Got Talent and made it to the final.
Later following a flurry of singles such as “Fingertips”, “Evergreen” and “First Kiss”, Ryan competed as an artist on the show The Hit. During the show he beat his former Voice coach Brian Kennedy in a chart battle when he released “Who Do You Love?” which managed to go into #3 in the Irish charts.
After establishing the record label Bayview Records, Ryan was internally selected to represent Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. His song “Together” became the first Irish entry in five years to make the final. The song eventually finished in 16th place in Lisbon.
Eamonn Toal is an Irish singer who graduated from the Bel Canto School of Music in Dublin. In 1990 he momentarily moved to London to pursue his music career before returning to Ireland a few years later.
In 1995 he provided backing vocals for the Irish entry of the contest that year called “Dreamin'” by Eddie Friel. The song broke Ireland three-year winning streak at the contest eventually finishing in 14th place.
Later Eamonn won the right to represent Ireland as the lead artist in the year 2000. He performed his song “Millennium of Love” to commemorate the new millennium and eventually finished in 6th place. His entry was the best result for Ireland since the full introduction of televoting was introduced in 1998 and hasn’t been bettered since.
More information can be found through his website.
Kenneth Giles is a creative director as well as choreographer and performer based in Ireland. He has worked in various TV and theatre productions in Ireland as well as the UK and Canada.
As the owner of Labelled Creative as well as Eclipse Stage School, ShowChoir Ireland and Pop On Down, he has many credentials within the entertainment industry. He recently choreographed a Lion King themed flashmob dance in Dundrum Town Centre in anticipation of the release of the 2019 remake of the original Lion King film.
In the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, Kenneth was one of Ireland’s five professional jury members making up half the points from Ireland in the competition. In both the first semi final and the grand final, Kenneth awarded Cyprus with their song “Fuego” top marks which lead to Cyprus earning Ireland’s jury 12 points in both events.
The Irish Votes
As revealed previously, in alphabetical order, the top 10 countries selected by the Irish jury are:
- Denmark (Top 3)
- Iceland (Top 3)
- Norway (Top 3)
- United Kingdom
Ireland will feature in the 7th position in the first semi final of Eurojury 2020 on Monday the 27th of April. Ireland were due to be represented in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 by Lesley Roy with the song “Story of My Life”.
About Eurojury 2020
Eurojury will return in 2020 for the eighth broadcast of the most accurate simulation of Eurovision results. 180 Eurovision winners, past participants, national finalists and a handful of special guests are due to take part in this year’s edition, which will be broadcast live on Showcase, by Eurovoix on May 1st.
For the past two years, Eurojury has correctly identified the winner of Eurovision with both Netta and Duncan Laurence topping the overall leaderboard in Eurojury and the Eurovision Song Contest itself. Eurojury also correctly identified four out of the top five acts in the final in Tel Aviv.
For a fifth consecutive year, Rob Lilley will present the coverage. This will be the third time he has been the sole presenter following two editions with a co-host – 2016 with Karl William Lund and in 2019 with Alice Chapman.
Directing the show once again will be Samuel Deakin – he has conducted this role on every edition of Eurojury. Heading up the production will be James Rowe after he co-produced the broadcast in 2019.
We’re pleased that we have partnerships with multiple trusted Eurovision brands this year: Eurovision Hub, Aussievision, ESCXTRA, Eurovision Showcase and The Euro Trip. Each brand will be supporting Eurojury 2020 in the run-up to the three broadcasts on April April 27, April 29 and May 01.
Follow all the latest updates about this year’s broadcasts on eurovoix.com as well as on Twitter, @Eurovoix and @Eurojury2020.