Irish broadcaster TG4 have announced the eight acts in the first heat of Ireland‘s national competition to select its very first Junior Eurovision entry.
Each week eight acts will battle it out in the hears to grab one spot in the final. The songs will be heard by the panel of three judges, Niamh Kavanagh, Brian Kennedy and Stiofán Ó Fearail. They will decide their two favourites, who will go head to head, with the winner of that progressing to the grand final.
There will be four heats, broadcast every Sunday night, until the winner is found at the grand final on 8 November.
The acts in heat one are:
- Amy Meehan – “Gan Tú” (13)
- David Kennedy – “Fuar” (13)
- Ellen McAteer – “Dubh Agus Bán (15)
- Eva Campbell – “I Mo Fhéileacán” (13)
- Eva Roantree – “Geallaim Duit” (15)
- Jessica Doolan – “Mise Sa Todchaí” (11)
- Katie O’Donoghue – “Síscéal” (15)
- Lisa-Rose McMahon – “Bris Amach” (14)
None of the acts are well known, but many of them have substantial performance experience.
Last year, David Kennedy sang “I Dreamed A Dream” on one of Ireland’s most viewed television programs, wowing the audience. Jessica Doolan was also featured on the show. Several years ago, Lisa-Rose won an All Ireland singing contest for under 14s. Eva Campbell also has an amazing live cover of Lorde’s hit single “Royals” and has performed with one of Britain’s Got Talent’s most talented – but also most controversial – acts, Ryan O’Shaughnessy.
Overall it looks like a strong line-up, however we have already learned the name of (SPOILER!) one act who is confirmed to have not made the final. Commiserations!
Each round will be broadcast on Sunday from 20:30 Irish time (21:30 CET) and you can watch live here to find out Ireland’s debut entry at the contest.