We nearly have our full lineup of songs for Junior Eurovision 2021. With the contest drawing ever closer song releases are coming in fast. Maiú Levi Lawlor is the latest to release his song “Saor”. Winning Eurovision Éire back in October, earned Maiú the right to represent Ireland at Junior Eurovision 2021 in Paris. Maiú has also released a music video accompanying his song.
The song is mostly in Irish alongside some English and French. The song is about celebrating freedom and enjoying yourself. This song helps see the post pandemic world through the eyes of a young person. Anna Kearney who represented Ireland at Junior Eurovision in 2019 also features briefly in the song. Anna also helped co-write the song alongside Niall Mooney, Anna Banks and Cyprian Cassar, all of which have prior experience writing songs for Eurovision or Junior Eurovision.
Listent to “Saor” on streaming platforms
You are now able to listen to Ireland’s Junior Eurovision 2021 entry, on streaming platforms.
Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2021
Junior Eurovision 2021 will take place in Paris, France following Valentina’s victory in JESC 2020 with “J’imagine”. The contest will be held in La Seine Musicale on December 19th. 19 countries will be competing in the 19th edition of the competition:
- Albania – Anna Gjebrea with “Stand By Me”
- Armenia – TBC
- Azerbaijan – Sona Azizova
- Bulgaria – Deni & Marti with “Voice of Love”
- France (Host) – Enzo – “Tic Tac”
- Georgia – Niko with “Let’s Count the Smiles”
- Germany – Pauline with “Imagine”
- Ireland – Maiú Levi Lawlor
- Italy – Elisabetta Lizza with “Specchio”
- Kazakhstan – Alinur Khamzin and Beknur Zhunibekuly
- Malta – Ike and Kaya with “My Home”
- The Netherlands – Ayana with “Mata Sugu Aō Ne”
- North Macedonia – Cast of Dajte Muzika with “Green Forces”
- Poland – Sara James with “Somebody”
- Portugal – Simão Oliveira with “O Rapaz”
- Russia – Tanya Mezhentseva with “Mon Ami”
- Serbia – Jovana and Dunja with “Children’s Eyes”
- Spain – Levi Díaz with “Reir”
- Ukraine – Olena Usenko with “Vazhil”
Ireland’s Junior Eurovision Journey
Ireland first participated in Junior Eurovision in 2015 with Aimee Banks’ “Réalta na Mara”, finishing 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”.
Following this, Ireland finished in 15th place in 2017 and 2018. They moved up to 12th place again in 2019 with Anna Kearney’s “Banshee”. However, they decided not to participate in the 2020 contest, along with a handful of other countries, due to concerns about travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.
All of Ireland’s past Junior Eurovision entries were written and sung in Irish, as TG4 is an Irish-language broadcaster. As a result, some fans have expressed interest in Ireland sending entries in Irish to Eurovision itself.
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News Source: TG4
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