After some initial speculation late last year, it has just been confirmed that Ireland will debut at Junior Eurovision 2015. The entry will be organised by Irish language broadcaster TG4 in association with Adare Productions.
They will conduct a nationwide search for talented youngsters between the ages of 10 and 15, selecting either a solo singer or a group to represent the country at next November’s contest. The entry will be sung through Irish, the first time the language will be heard on a Eurovision stage since Sandie Jones sang “Ceol An Ghrá” at the adult version in 1972.
Speaking in the press release, Junior Eurovision’s Executive Supervisor Vladislav Yakovlev said:
Obviously we are over the moon that a country such as Ireland, with their strong Eurovision Song Contest tradition, will finally be taking part in Junior Eurovision. We have actually been talking to them since the summer of last year and spoke about TG4 joining the 2014 edition, and although that wasn’t possible it is great that they’ll be with us this year!
Details on audition dates have yet to be announced, but application forms are available on the TG4 website.
Are y’all excited to see Ireland finally enter Junior Eurovision? With a new broadcaster and a fresh start, could they replicate their ’90s Eurovision success again? Comments below!