With the 2021 Junior Eurovision Song Contest getting closer, more and more countries are on the finishing end of their national selections. One of the countries that will be concluding their national selection is Ireland, as the finalists for Junior Eurovision Éire 2021 are revealed.
Lillyella Buckley and Sophie Lennon directly advanced to the final after being selected by the judges. Whilst Maiú Levi Lawlor finishes the line-up after the sing-off.
How the results were determined?
The eight competing artists had to sing Irish covers of popular songs. The judges then selected two artists who will advance directly to the final. After this, the judges selected another two artists to compete for the third and final spot in the final.
The result of the show was determined by two permanent judges from the Irish music industry.
- Niamh Ní Chróinín is a radio presenter and the manager of Raidió Rí-Rá, an Irish-language youth radio station.
- Fiachna Ó Braonáin is a member of Hothouse Flowers (the interval act at Eurovision 1988). He was also a permanent judge on Junior Eurovision Éire from 2016 to 2018 and helped pen their 2019 JESC entry “Banshee”.
They were both joined by Lesley Roy, who was due to represent Ireland in 2020, with “Story of My Life” and went on to Rotterdam with the song “Maps”
|Artist||Song (Sung in Irish)||Result|
|Lilyella Buckley||“Lost Without You”||Finalist|
|Sophie Lennon||“Hold Me While You Wait”||Finalist|
|Maiú Levi Lawlor||“Grace”||Final Duel|
|Julie Cole||“The Man Who Can’t Be Moved”||Final Duel|
|Shannon Copeland||“New York”||Eliminated|
|Cora Harkin||“Shut Up and Dance”||Eliminated|
|Eva Norton||“Hold My Hand”||Eliminated|
After Lilyella and Sophie were selected as the first two finalists, the judges selected Maiú and Julie for the sing-off, where Maiú was selected to take up the last spot in the final.
Junior Eurovision Éire will conclude this Sunday. 17th October at 20:30GMT where the 3 Finalists will compete for the chance to represent Ireland at the 2021 Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Paris. The panel will be joined by Linda Martin, who represented Ireland in 1984 and 1992, in which she won the latter.
Ireland’s Junior Eurovision Journey
Ireland first participated in Junior Eurovision in 2015 with Aimee Banks’ “Réalta na Mara” which finished in 12th place with 36 points. After that, Ireland earned its best JESC result, finishing in 10th place in 2016 with Zena Donnelly’s “Bríce Ar Bhríce”.
Ireland finished in 15th place in 2017 and 2018. They moved up to 12th place again in 2019 with Anna Kearney’s “Banshee”. Ireland decided not to participate in the 2020 contest, along with a handful of other countries. This decision was due to concerns about travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.
All of Ireland’s past Junior Eurovision entries were written and sung in Irish because TG4 is an Irish-language broadcaster. As a result, some fans expressed interest in Ireland sending entries in Irish to Eurovision itself.
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News Source: TG4
Photo Source: EBU / Thomas Hanses