Today, eight participating countries of the 2022 Junior Eurovision Song Contest were scheduled to have their second rehearsal. These are The Netherlands, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Spain, France, Georgia, and Armenia. The United Kingdom missed their second rehearsal due to illness. Second up to complete their second rehearsal was Ireland’s Sophie Lennon!
In today’s rehearsal, the attending Press had the opportunity to watch the full rehearsals from these participating countries at this year’s Junior Eurovision. Before we find out what happens in Ireland’s rehearsal today, you can find out how their first rehearsal went right here.
What happens during Sophie’s performance?
The performance starts off dark, with spotlight pointing towards Sophie, where is is standing on the middle of the stage on a mini platform with an animated Fanad Lighthouse being projected on the LED screen and smoke surrounding the stage. The lighting is maintained, until we get to the bridge, where the lights would start to flash, and the animated background changing to show the change of weather.
Once Sophie reaches the high note, the LED background changes to a light background, which also involves a costume reveal (whether this will be used at the live show, is yet to be confirmed) and the wind machine being used towards the end of the song.
*We will add a preview of the performance once it has been made available*
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: Corinne Cumming/EBU