And on Sunday Clíona NicDhomhnaill joined them with her song “Ag Seasamh Le Mo Réaltais” — a spiritual ballad that serves traditional instrumentation and some major Celtic realness.
She’s young, but her vocals are powerful and precise, and Clíona is ready to slay!
The third night of Ireland’s JESC selection once again saw eight acts performing their songs in Irish, the official language of Ireland, alongside English.
Permanent jury members Fiachna Ó Braonáin and Pauline Avalon evaluated the acts alongside guest judge Sandie Jones, who represented Ireland at the 1972 contest and finished in 15th place. Her entry “Ceol an Ghrá” (“The Music of Love”) remains the only Irish-language song Ireland has ever sent to the adult Eurovision.
The jury panel chose Rachel Haughney‘s song “Na Réaltai sa Spéir” and Clíona NicDhomhnaill‘s “Ag Seasamh Le Mo Réaltais” as the two best songs, and in the head-to-head battle the latter was the clear winner, with both Fiachna and Pauline voting for her, making Sandie Jones’s vote unnecessary for a majority.
The winner of the November 6 final will succeed Aimee Banks as Ireland’s second representative at Junior Eurovision. Last year Aimee finished in 12th place with the song “Réalta Na Mara” (“Star of The Sea”).