TG4 is set to broadcast the Junior Eurovision Song Contest live for the first time since its debut in 2015.
For the first time since 2015, TG4 will be broadcasting the Junior Eurovision Song Contest live for viewers in Ireland. The broadcaster has not aired the contest live since its debut when a live broadcast was required for viewers to vote in the televote.
In 2016 and 2017 Irish viewers were unable to watch the contest live on TV and had to wait for a delayed broadcast later in the evening. From 2018 the show was aired live on the TG4 Player but was broadcast on delay on TV.
The decision to broadcast the contest live in 2021 is likely due to the later date of the competition. Traditionally the contest being held in November has clashed with sporting events broadcast on a Sunday afternoon.
Maiú Levi Lawlor will represent Ireland in Paris with the song “Soar”. “Saor” has been written by a Maltese and Irish team with a mix of Eurovision and Junior Eurovision experience.
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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.