After winning Ireland’s Junior Eurovision 2023 selection, Junior Eurovision Éire 2023, it has been that Jessica McKean will be competing for Ireland with her entry “Aisling” (Dreams).
Preparations are ongoing after win
The reveal of Jessica’s entry for Nice was reported by Donegal News where it was revealed that the entry, specifically written for her will be in Irish. During the same interview, Jessica mentioned about her emotions when she found out the result:
It was just the best feeling. I cried for about 20 minutes. It is the best thing that has ever happened to me. It’s life-changing
Preparations for Jessica’s participation in Nice are in full swing as she and her family left for Dublin on Tuesday, where she will receive her trophy and take up some vocal coaching. In addition to this, she will also meet with her costume designer to design her outfit for her performance for next month’s performance.
It was also revealed by her mother that Jessica will be making a music video for her entry as well as mentioning how proud she is of her daughter:
I have never felt that feeling in my heart that I felt when she won on Sunday night. I was trying to prepare Jessica all week, telling her that she is a winner regardless of what happens.
Jessica will also be making a music video for her song. She’s so excited but taking it all in her stride. We’re all so proud of her.
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 seven times. Their best placement came in 2022, when Sophie Lennon finished in fourth place with her song “Solas”.
In 2022, Sophie Lennon represented Ireland in Yerevan with her song “Solas”. Ireland’s most recent participation, she finished 4th in a field of 16, earning 150 points. Of these, 88 came from professional juries, whilst the remaining 62 were from the online vote.
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News Source: Donegal News
Photo Credit: TG4