The third heat of Junior Eurovision Éire – Ireland’s national selection for Junior Eurovision has taken place, where another two semi-finalists were selected.
Junior Eurovision Éire Heat Three – a recap
The third heat of Junior Eurovision Éire was broadcast on Sunday (October 2nd) 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 Three were:
|Artist||Song Performed (in Irish)||Points||Result|
|Caillín Joe McDonald||“Shotgun” (George Ezra)||26||Qualified (Jury Choice)|
|Teagan Nolan||“Someone You Loved” (Lewis Capaldi)||24||Eliminated|
|Niamh Noade||“Lonely World” (Moses Sumney)||28||Qualified (Automatic)|
|Savannah Phoenix-Munroe||“Good As Hell” (Lizzo)||23||Eliminated|
|Eva O’Farrell||“Castles” (Freya Ridings)||22||Eliminated|
|Lucy Heffernan||“Follow Your Heart” (Scorpions)||22||Eliminated|
Similar to previous editions of the national selection, two permanent judges were joined by a special guest judge. For Heat Three, the judges were:
- Chris Greene – RTÉ 2FM presenter
- Niamh Ní Chróinín – presenter, manager of Raidió Rí-Rá
- Paul Harrington – 1994 Eurovision winner for Ireland with Charlie McGettigan.
Nimah Noade & Caillín Joe will be joining Clare Keely and Lara Gleeson from Heat One. Today’s finalists will also join Amber and Marley Peig who advanced to the semi-finals in the second heat of this year’s competition. The next heat of Junior Eurovision Éire will be broadcast on Sunday, October 9th.
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 third heat of Junior Eurovision Éire? Do you think Niamh or Caillin 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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