And on Sunday songstress Amy McGrath joined the list of finalists with “M’Aingeal” (My Angel).
Her somewhat serious ballad is big enough to show off the range of her voice, yet retains a quiet power. We’re getting major Shalisa Junior Eurovision 2015 vibes here!
Before the verdict arrived, Amy had to listen to seven other phenoms sing their original numbers.
Niamh Kavanagh, the winner of Eurovision 1993 and the Irish representative at Eurovision 2010, joined the permanent jury panel of Fiachna Ó Braonáin and Pauline Avalon for the occasion.
As ever, the jury narrowed the eight songs down to the top two. They chose Lasairfhiona De Brún’s “Fan Liom” and Amy’s “M’Aingeal” to advance to the sing-off. It was a tough game! Niamh’s vote went to Amy, and Pauline’s went to Lasairfhiona, so Mister Ó Braonáin had to break the deadlock. We do not envy him!
The eliminated semifinalists can’t call it a day just yet. Just like last year, the jury will pick one to two wildcards who will compete in the final alongside the existing finalists next week. It is not known when the wildcards will be announced.
The winner will succeed Aimee Banks as Ireland’s next Junior Eurovision representative, hoping to secure a better placing for the Emerald Isle, which finished 12th of 17 on its debut.