The second heat of Junior Eurovision Éire – Ireland’s national selection for Junior Eurovision has taken place, where another two semi-finalists were decided for the final.
Junior Eurovision Éire Heat Two – a recap
The second heat of Junior Eurovision Éire was broadcast on Sunday (September 25th) 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 Two were:
|Artist||Song Performed (in Irish)||Points||Result|
|Marley Peig Leonard||“Skinny Love” (Bon Iver)||25||Qualified (Jury Choice)|
|Callum Scanlan||“The Man Who Can’t Be Moved” (The Script)||22||Eliminated|
|Amber Dawes||“Lost Without You” (Freya Ridings)||27||Qualified (Automatic)|
|Éinín Duggan||“Grace” (Lewis Capaldi)||23||Eliminated|
|Laura Cimic||“Dancing With A Stranger” (Sam Smith & Normani)||20||Eliminated|
|Evan Coogan||“Take My Hand” (Picture This)||19||Eliminated|
Similar to previous editions of the national selection, two permanent judges were joined by a special guest judge. For Heat Two, the judges were:
- Chris Greene – RTÉ 2FM presenter
- Niamh Ní Chróinín – presenter, manager of Raidió Rí-Rá
- Ryan O’Shaughnessy – Ireland’s Eurovision 2018 representative.
Amber and Marley Peig will be joining Clare Keely and Lara Gleeson who advanced to the semi-finals in the first heat of this year’s competition. The next heat of Junior Eurovision Éire will be broadcast on Sunday, October 2nd.
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 second heat of Junior Eurovision Éire? Do you think Amber or Marley Paig 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
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