Ireland Junior Eurovision 2017 TG4 Jedward Brendan Murray

Earlier this month, Ireland’s RTÉ poured cold water on any hopes for a standalone national final for Eurovision 2018. But junior fans needn’t worry, as Irish language broadcaster TG4 is going full steam ahead with its national selection for Junior Eurovision 2017.

On Monday, the Emerald Isle’s second EBU member unveiled its plans for Tblisi during its Autumn 2017 season launch. Nestled in between promotional blurbs for long-running soap opera Ros na Rún — “rural crime, drugs, alcohol, sexuality, deceit” — and sports coverage, lay details of Junior Eurovision Eire’s third season, including the revelation that the likes of Jedward and Brendan Murray will sit on the judging panel.

As in 2015 and 2016, the pre-recorded selection process will take place over five shows — four semis and a grand final. Former Voice of Ireland presenter Eoghan McDermott is on hosting duties once again, as 32 young performers hope to win over the judging panel with their original songs sung in Irish.

Similar to last year, the panel will contain two permanent members along with a number of guests judges drawn from Ireland’s rich Eurovision talent pool. Hothouse Flowers frontman Fiachna Ó Braonáin and TV presenter Bláthnaid Treacy will take their seats each week, while Dustin the Turkey (2008), Brian Kennedy (2006), Brendan Murray (2017), Jedward (2011 and 2012), Niamh Kavanagh (1993 and 2010) and Linda Martin (1984 and 1992) will all drop by over the course of the series.

The search begins on Sunday 22 October at 20:00 local time.

Ireland at Junior Eurovision

Despite holding the record for most Eurovision wins, Ireland was relatively slow to join the Junior Eurovision party. With national broadcaster RTÉ showing no interest, the Irish language broadcaster TG4 decided to have a go.

The country debuted in 2015, with Aimee Banks finishing 12th. In 2016, future The Voice Kids contestant Zena Donnelly took them into the top ten for the first time. Can her successor do even better in Georgia?

Are you excited for the return of Junior Eurovision Eire? Can Ireland find its first Junior Eurovision winner? Let us know in the comments below.

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escJack UK
escJack UK
3 years ago

…this is why Ireland constantly fails at Eurovision now

Joe
Joe
3 years ago

Wow, such experts… Especially Jedward and Brendan Murray :))) The cherry on top: Dustin the Turkey :)))))))))))))))

Robyn Gallagher
Admin
3 years ago
Reply to  Joe

Jedward, who gave Ireland their best ESC result in the past 17 years and who easily qualified for the final both times – something Ireland now struggles with. Yep, Jedward do know a thing or two about what makes a good ESC performance.

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
3 years ago

What a messy system. They’ll finish on the right hand side of the scoreboard again.

beccaboo1212
3 years ago

No they won’t. 😉

Ddraven
Ddraven
3 years ago
Reply to  beccaboo1212

Yes, they will. Idiot.

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
3 years ago
Reply to  Ddraven

Let me call 911 bc you just killed Becky with the good hair

beccaboo1212
3 years ago
Reply to  Ddraven

I keep trying to tell you, I’m not an idiot! 🙁

Jp
Jp
3 years ago

The system is incredibly dumb. Only 3 people decide, the audience has no say, and the show has been recorded ages ago.

And frankly, most of the songs suck. They should learn how to do this from the Belarus NF for example.

Akajsjsjs
Akajsjsjs
3 years ago

I did some searching, and I found the winner.. I wont say much only he/she plays an instrument 😉

Ddraven
Ddraven
3 years ago
Reply to  Akajsjsjs

Could you put a link for those interested?

Akajsjsjs
Akajsjsjs
3 years ago
Reply to  Ddraven

No because if i say who they are, that would ruin the whole purpouse and excitement of the national final. I’m keeping my mouth shut 😀

beccaboo1212
3 years ago
Reply to  Akajsjsjs

The shows were prerecorded just a few months ago, so the winner is probably recording a full version of their entry and probably doing a music video as well before rehearsal for Tbilisi. Until then, whoever won remains a mystery.

Ddraven
Ddraven
3 years ago
Reply to  Akajsjsjs

I said leave a link. Those that don’t wish to know don’t press it and if they do it will have been of their own volition.