🇮🇪 Ireland confirms participation in Junior Eurovision 2022

🇮🇪 Ireland confirms participation in Junior Eurovision 2022

Irish broadcaster TG4 has confirmed that they will be participating in the 2022 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Applications for singers are also now open and will close March 6th. The national pre-selection show is set to return as well, and is set to be produced by Adare Productions. It is not yet clear whether the format will be the same as 2021’s Junior Eurovision Éire.

Irish heats and opportunities

Singers aged between 9 and 14 can apply via the Adare Productions website. Applicants are expected to send in a 40 second clip of them singing. Applications can be for solo singers, duets, or groups up to 6, and the applicants need to either live in Ireland or be of Irish nationality. The national selection will be held in April in the RTÉ studios in Dublin.

What we know about Junior Eurovision 2022

Junior Eurovision 2022 is set to be held in Armenia following Maléna’s win with Qami Qami in Paris. A number of countries have confirmed they will be participating. So far we have confirmation from the following countries:

It also has been confirmed that Wales will not be returning to Junior Eurovision in 2022.

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. Their most recent entry, “Saor” performed by Maiú Levi Lawlor, scored 44 points and finished 18th in Paris.

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.

Are you looking forward to what Ireland will bring to Junior Eurovision 2022? What is your favourite Irish Junior Eurovision entry? Let us know in the comments below or on social media. Don’t forget to follow ‘THAT Eurovision Site’ over at FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

News Source: TG4

Photo Source: Andres Putting / EBU

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