Today rehearsals for the 2022 Junior Eurovision Song Contest kicked off. Countries rehearsing on Day 2 include The Netherlands, Italy, Kazakhstan, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Spain, Georgia, and Armenia. Fifth to rehearse today was Ireland’s Sophie Lennon.
What did we learn about Sophie’s staging?
Disclaimer: Please note that the EBU has not released footage from the first rehearsals, and that the description detailed in this article is mainly based from the pictures and if available footage from the delegations themselves.
Throughout the performance, Sophie is alone on stage. She is in a beautiful white dress. There are a lot of dark backgrounds in this performance, with dark blues and greens. Despite it being dark it also feels quite warm. We can also see images of a lighthouse, as well as sunny skies being projected onto the LEDs during Sophie’s performance. The staging is simple but works really nicely for the song. The staging also works extremely well with the song title “Solas” which translates to “The Light in English.
If you are interested in seeing more pictures from Sophie’s first rehearsal today, you can look through them right here.
About Sophie Lennon
13-year-old Sophie is from a small village called Mayobridge which is in County Down. Sophie is no stranger to competition having previously taken part in BBC: School Soloist of the Year and Britain’s Got Talent. Sophie also has experience in front of big audiences having been part of the Shrek: The Musical cast. In her spare time, Sophie likes the make TikToks, some of which include her family.
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.
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News Source: EBU
Photo Credit: TG4