A few months after confirming their participation and accepting submissions in the search for their Junior Eurovision 2022 representative, TG4 has revealed further information about Junior Eurovision Éire, which will be used to select Ireland’s Junior Eurovision 2022 representative.
Viewer vote to be included for the first time
Further information about this year’s selection was revealed when TG4 revealed its schedule for Autumn 2022. It’s been revealed returning presenter Louise Cantillo will be joined by Darragh Ó Caoimh. Whilst Niamh Ní Chróinín and Chris Greene alongside star guest judges Niamh Kavanagh (1993 & 2010), Linda Martin (1984 & 1992), Paul Harrington (1994), Brooke Scullion (2022), Brian Kennedy (2006) and Ryan O’ Shaughnessy (2018) will help whittle down the finalists.
Usually, the judges select Ireland’s representative for Junior Eurovision. However, TG4 has confirmed in its press release that a viewer vote will be selecting Ireland’s representative.
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.
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News Source: TG4
Photo Source: EBU/ Andres Putting