🇮🇪 Clare Keely and Lara Gleeson advance to semi-finals of Junior Eurovision Éire

🇮🇪 Clare Keely and Lara Gleeson advance to semi-finals of Junior Eurovision Éire

The first heat of Junior Eurovision Éire – Ireland’s national selection for Junior Eurovision – has taken place, with its first two semi-finalists already decided.

Junior Eurovision Éire Heat One – a recap

The first heat of Junior Eurovision Éire was broadcast on Sunday (September 18th) on TG4, after the heats and semi-finals were filmed previously at RTÉ studios in Dublin. Presenter Louise Cantillon made a return as host for the show, reprising her role from 2021. However, for 2022, Darragh Ó Caoimh will co-present the competition alongside Cantillon.

The results for Heat One were:

ArtistSong Performed (in Irish)PointsResult
Holly Mountstephens“Nervous” (Gavin James)20Eliminated
Clare Keely“I Will Always Love You” (Whitney Houston)23Qualified (chosen by jury)
Harry Moriarty“This is Me” (Keala Sattle)21Eliminated
Lara Gleeson“when the party’s over” (Billie Eilish) 26Qualified (automatic)
Ella Kelly“Ghost” (Luane Parle)22Eliminated
Grace Wheelan“Linger” (The Cranberries)21Eliminated

Similar to previous editions of the national selection, two permanent judges were joined by a special guest judge. For Heat One, the judges were:

  • Chris Greene – RTÉ 2FM presenter
  • Niamh Ní Chróinín – presenter, manager of Raidió Rí-Rá
  • Niamh Kavanagh – Eurovision 1993 winner, represented Ireland again in 2010

The next heat of Junior Eurovision Éire will be broadcast on Sunday, September 25th.

Ireland’s Junior Eurovision journey

Ireland first participated in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2015. Débuting alongside Australia, Ireland was represented by Aimee Banks singing ” Réalta na Mara”. At the close of voting, Ireland finished in 12th place – receiving 36 points. Ireland has since participated a further six times. Their best placement came in 2016, when Zena Donnelly finished in tenth place with her song “Bríce ar Bhríce”.

In 2021, Maiú Levi Lawlor represented Ireland in Paris with his song “Saor (Disappear)”. Ireland’s most recent participation, he finished 18th in a field of 19, earning 44 points. Of these, 5 came from professional juries, whilst the remaining 39 were from the online vote.

What do you make of the results from the first heat of Junior Eurovision Éire? Do you think Clare or Lara will end up representing Ireland in Yerevan? Who was your favourite from the show? As always, let us know what you think by commenting below. Also, be sure to follow ‘That Eurovision Site’ on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Tiktok as we prepare for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2022!

News Source: TG4

Photo Credit: TG4

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