The first two semi-finalists of Junior Eurovision Éire 2021 have been chosen.
The first heat of Junior Eurovision Éire was broadcast tonight, having previously been filmed in RTÉ Studios in Dublin earlier this year. Louise Cantillon presented the show, taking over from former host Eoghan McDermott.
As in previous editions, the results of tonight’s show were decided by an in-studio jury of two permanent members and revolving guest judges. The two permanent judges are:
- Niamh Ní Chróinín – Radio presenter, manager of Irish-language youth radio station Raidió Rí-Rá
- Fiachna Ó Braonáin – Member of Hothouse Flowers (interval act at Eurovision 1988), a permanent judge on Junior Eurovision Éire 2016-2018, composer of “Banshee” (Junior Eurovision 2019 Ireland)
The guest judge for this week was Niamh Kavanagh, who represented Ireland in 1993 and 2010, winning the former.
Each contestant had to sing covers of popular songs in Irish. The judges could each award up to 10 stars to each artist. The artist with the highest score qualified directly to the final. The next two highest scorers moved on to a sing-off, with the winner moving on to the semi-final.
The results were as follows:
- Eva Norton : “This Is Me” – 28 stars – Sing-Off
- Ronan Spencer: “Always” – 27 stars
- Lilyella Buckley: “Someone You Loved” – 29 stars – Semi-Finalist
- Orla McDermott: “Ghost” – 28 stars – Sing-Off
- Katie Hardiman: “Catch and Release” – 27 stars
- Aimee and Grace Gillard: “Feel It Again” – 24 stars
- Saoirse Garrihy – “Shape of You” – 22 stars
Eva and Orla advanced to the sing-off. Eva was chosen by the judges to advance to the semi-final.
Ireland will return to Junior Eurovision this year after withdrawing in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Their last participation in the contest was in 2019, when Anna Kearney represented the country with “Banshee”.
Junior Eurovision 2021
Paris will host the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2021 on December 19 in La Seine Musicale. The 19 pariticipating countries are:
- Azerbaijan: Sona Azizova
- Germany: Pauline – “Imagine Us”
- North Macedonia
- Portugal: Simão Oliveira
Image Source: Thomas Hanses
Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest
Ireland debuted in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest at the 2015 contest in Sofia, Bulgaria. The nation’s 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 country’s first 12 points in the contest.