Ireland: Muireann McDonnell wins semi-final one of Junior Eurovision Eire 2017


It’s the last country left to reveal its singer for Junior Eurovision 2017. But last night, we came one step closer to finding out Ireland’s song for Tblisi as TG4 broadcast the first of four pre-recorded Junior Eurovision Eire semi-finals.

Over the course of the hour long show, eight talented young singers performed two minutes of their songs before a judging panel made up of Fiachna Ó Braonáin, Bláthnaid Treacy, Dustin the Turkey (Ireland 2008) and Brendan Murray (Ireland 2017).

Muireann McDonnell and Judy Langan emerged as the panel’s favourites. After a second performance from each, the jury opted to send Muireann to the final with her song “Súile Glasa” (Green Eyes).

Muireann McDonnell “Súile Glasa” Junior Eurovision Eire 2017

The full line-up for semi-final one was:

  • Muireann McDonnell – “Súile Glasa”
  • Hayley Keogh – “Is Cuimhin Liom”
  • Junior Sensation – “Can Os Ard”
  • Judy Langan “Draíocht An Cheoil” (Runner-up)
  • Rachel Haughney – “Táim Níos Láidre”
  • Kane Dunne – “Ar Chuala Tú?”
  • Eloise Judge – “Domhan Foirfe”
  • Amy Hehir – “Féieacán i mo chroí”

Muireann’s “uh-oh-oh-oh” hook is still ringing in our ears, and it looks like we’re not the only ones. The song features heavily in TG4’s promotional trailer for the overall series. Could this be a hint at the final result? Remember, the powers that be already know the winner as the show was filmed several months ago.

Junior Eurovision Eire 2017 trailer

Junior Eurovision 2017 | Ag Tosú Dé Domhnaigh 22/10 8pm

Cá bhfuil an mic? Tá sé beagnach in am do Junior Eurovision Éire 2017 The countdown is on!!!

Posted by TG4 on Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Junior Eurovision Eire 2017 continues with semi-final two next week. Once again, the show is scheduled for 20:00 on TG4. The final is set for 19 November.

What do you think? Could Muireann McDonnell be Ireland’s choice for Junior Eurovision 2017? And if so, could she take the Emerald Isle back into the top ten? Let us know in the comments below.