The search for Ireland’s debut Junior Eurovision act is finally up and running. The first heat was broadcast on TG4 earlier tonight with David Kennedy advancing to the 8 November grand final.

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 Niamh Kavanagh, Brian Kennedy and Stiofán Ó Fearail. David Kennedy and Lisa-Rose McMahon emerged as the panel’s favourites. The jury decided to send David to the final with his song “Fuar” (Cold).

Performance

https://youtu.be/W_M_Bfm87_Q

Congratulations David! Do you agree with the result? Does “Fuar” have what it takes to represent Ireland in Sofia? And what do y’all think of TG4’s Eurovision efforts? Should RTÉ be taking notes? Comment below.

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Steven
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Steven

I agree with Robin on this, I think the music could be heavier. The song sounds quite dark and the music should match this instead of like a pub corner jazz set.

Harry Quinn
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Harry Quinn

Ba í an chailín a sheinnim an giotáir (ní cuimhin liom a hanaim) is fearr. Amhrán nua aimseartha ach arís tatníonn na balladaí go mór le mhuintir na hÉirinn…
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The girl who played the guitar (can’t remember her name) was the best. Modern song but once again Ireland prefers the ballads…

Giorgios
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Ireland has already chose the entry. And David Kennedy didn’t win the grand final.

Robyn Gallagher
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BTW, I think the programme itself is really good. It’s lively fun, very Eurovision, and even though it’s a kids’ show, it makes RTÉ’s Eurosong effort look very poor in comparison.

Foxreyna
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Foxreyna

I have to be honest with this.. I’m not a big fan, I also find it a poor presentation of the wonderful language of Gailege. I usually love the language, but I hate this.

Robyn Gallagher
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The song is ok, but I’m wondering if the backing music would be developed more if it wins. At the moment it’s quite sparse.

Interesting that all of the songs on tonight’s episode were reasonably mature. I.e. no goofy kid pop like we’re seeing from Georgia. But I figure that’s where Ireland’s strengths lie, so they’re wise sticking with that style and not going with Dustin the Poult (awkward joke – a poult is a baby turkey).

Alison
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Alison

Hmm, not keen. Bit screechy.

Daniel
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Daniel

I’m with D on this, the only song I hated too.

D
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D

The only song I hated.

Mario esc fan
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Mario esc fan

Oh…The only boy in this heat got the qualifyng lucky ticket 4 the final..
Congrats to him…I’m gonna wait to listen to his song..

Deven O'Kearney
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Deven O'Kearney

@Dar Better will come. It’s only week 1. We have 3 more semis to go.

Deven O'Kearney
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Deven O'Kearney

Good choice in my opinion. Very emotional song. Reaction on Twitter is very negative but I thought Lisa Rose’s was very cheap. “Fuar” was the better choice.

Also, I’m happy that TG4 acknowledged vocal capabilities. RTÉ often ignore them. Best of all, there’s no messing about. It’s right to the point.

Dar
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Dar

much better selection show than the late late show format ireland use for eurovision … the songs were not masterpieces but fuar is good and im sure better is yet to come .. well done eire