The finalists of Junior Eurovision Éire 2021 have been chosen.
The semi-final 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 Lesley Roy, who represented Ireland this year in Rotterdam.
Each contestant had to sing covers of popular songs in Irish. The judges picked two artists to advance directly to the final. From the six remaining artists, the judges picked a further two to compete in the sing-off for the third spot in the final.
The results were as follows:
- Shannon Copeland – “New York”
- Maiú Levi Lawlor – “Grace” – Sing-Off
- Alison McGrath – “Ghost”
- Lilyella Buckley – “Lost Without You” – Finalist
- Cora Harkin – “Shut Up and Dance”
- Sophie Lennon – “Hold Me While You Wait” – Finalist
- Julie Cole – “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved” – Sing-Off
- Eva Norton – “Hold My Hand”
Maiú and Julie advanced to the sing-off. Maiú was chosen by the judges to advance to the final.
Lilyella, Sophie and Maiú will compete in next week’s final, in which the winner will represent Ireland in Paris.
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”
- Netherlands: Ayana – “Mata Sugu Aō Ne”
- North Macedonia
- Poland: Sara James – “Somebody”
- Portugal: Simão Oliveira
- Serbia: Jovana and Dunja -“Oči deteta”
- Spain: Levi Díaz
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