TG4 has just broadcast the semifinal of their national selection show Junior Eurovision Éire. Three candidates have been selected to compete in the next week’s final, which will also be aired prerecorded.
The Irish national selection for Junior Eurovision is coming close to the final. Today, after four heats, the broadcaster aired the semifinal, which, as well as the other shows, was recorded a few days ago. You can find the list of semifinalists below:
- Sophie Lennon
- Alison McGrath
- Shannon Copeland
- Cora Harkin
- Lilyella Buckley
- Eva Norton
- Julie Cole
- Maiú Levi Lawlor
The finalists were selected by a professional jury panel made up of Gráinne Bleasdale, Chris Greene, and this week’s guest judge Lesley Roy, who represented Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest this year.
Today’s show featured a new format in which the performers were divided into two groups of four. The winner of each group automatically qualified for the final, while the third finalist was chosen after a battle between two of the candidates that hadn’t made it to the final in the first part of the show. So, after all these rounds, the line-up for the Irish final is as it follows:
- Lilyella Buckley (Group 1 winner)
- Sophie Lennon (Group 2 winner)
- Maiú Levi Lawlor (Sing-off winner)
Next week, we will know who will wave the Irish flag at Junior Eurovision 2021. The winner is now working on the song she/he will perform in Paris, as this year’s national selection was only aimed to select the singer.
Ireland is back to Junior Eurovision after a year of absence due to the Covid-19 pandemic and will select its representative from their traditional national selection. As in previous editions, all the shows, including the final, were recorded earlier this year and are being broadcast pre-recorded. That means the winner is already selected and working on the song and performance for Paris 2021.
Who do you want to represent Ireland at Junior Eurovision?