The 2018 Junior Eurovision Song Contest is less than two weeks away and the twenty participating countries are busy putting the final touches on their entries. Among the singers is Ireland’s Taylor Hynes who will be competing with the song “IOU” in Minsk. The official music video for “IOU” was released on November 13th, and features two of Ireland’s most successful Eurovision entrants, Niamh Kavanagh and Ryan O’Shaughnessy, alongside Taylor.

Niamh, who earned Ireland its fifth Eurovision win in 1993, is joined in the video by Eurovision 2018’s Ryan, who brought Ireland back to the grand final for the first time in five years. The retro-style video is set in a 1970’s home where the two stars play Taylor’s goofy yet loving parents.

The song’s title, “IOU”, literally means ‘I owe you’ and the song, which is sung entirely in Irish, is an expression of gratitude to all those who have helped Taylor through life’s challenges, both big and small.

In the video, we see Taylor’s mother (Niamh) pouring Taylor some milk and jamming out to some David Essex while her husband (Ryan) vacuums the house and teaches Taylor some vintage dance moves. Taylor of course has some trendy 2018 dance moves to show Ryan as well, although they don’t seem to impress him very much. These same dances seem to be a Junior Eurovision trend this year and can be seen in other contestants’ music videos.

While Taylor is the star of the video, it’s hard to deny that Niamh and Ryan’s quirky mannerisms command much of the viewer’s attention in a way that makes the video even more enjoyable without overshadowing Taylor.

It’s heartening to see Junior Eurovision contestants collaborating with their adult counterparts. Perhaps this move will become a trend for further Junior Eurovision to Eurovision crossovers down the road.

What do you think? Did you enjoy seeing Ryan O’Shaughnessy and Niamh Kavanagh take on the role of a fictional couple? Do you think that more Junior Eurovision contestants should collaborate with their adult counterparts? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kirby
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Kirby

I just luuuuuuuuuuuuuuuv Niamh and Ryan on the official video! The 3 make it entertaining to watch from beginning to end.

Jackqulen
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Mom is dad

Peter M
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Peter M

I thought Shania had the best song but I can see why Taylor was picked. The new version is much better and it’s growing on me. It’s not going to come last in my opinion. There’s waaaaaaay too many girls singing ballads this year and Ireland will definitely stand out. I think the EBU probably needs to get more kid-friendly songs and try to stay away from big, serious ballads. For example, I absolutely loved Serbia’s entry last year and I think it’s exactly the kind of thing that people expect when they think of Junior Eurovision. Unfortunately I do… Read more »

Conor K
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Conor K

Love our entry this year, Taylor slays so much 🙂

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Slytherin's Horcrux

Ryan is no doubt the best thing in this video

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Slytherin's Horcrux

The song is fun and different, just what we need. There are so many strong female voices with important messages, this is the break we need. Good luck Ireland!

Roelof Meesters
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Roelof Meesters

YAY some JESC coverage!

Dame Tu Conchita
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Dame Tu Conchita

I think people were being hard on the kid and his song so they have Ryan and Niamh to support Taylor. Upon knowing the leaked fact that he won the Irish NF, lots of people were saying his song was the most terrible one and that they are putting his song to their least favorite. So this is a good way to at least have some support for Taylor. Good luck to him in the grand final!

Kris
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Kris

Glad that somehow JESC got featured on here

Marcelo
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Marcelo

It’s better than nothing. And well, it’s first time Ireland sends a bop (and boy xd) in JESC. A bop in Irish! We could have some of that in the adult contest. Sadly, probably won’t happen with RTÉ organising Ireland’s participation in ESC.

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It’s the BBC’s fault, not the UK’s

Nice video, dreadful song. It’s still coming last

Nicola
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Nicola

I really love the video (and the song is growing on me). I wish Ireland would send a song in Irish to the adult Eurovision.
Wiwibloggs, will you be doing a Wiwi Jury of the JESC songs this year?

Robyn Gallagher
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We’ll be doing a mini jury for JESC this year.

Jonas
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Jonas

A song in the Irish language would be great! The last time time was 1972. I think at this stage they can afford to take a chance.

Joe
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Joe

I’ve been following JESC this year by virtue of needing something Eurovision-related to fill the gap after the real deal was over (same thing with Eurovision Young Musicians…poor Israel isn’t going for the hat trick this year). There are some decent songs, none as good as the adult counterpart, but it’s nice to see Ireland getting into the spirit of things. Ryan and Niamh are both hilarious. The only thing of serious consequence is the chance that Kazakhstan could walk away with the trophy (them or Poland, so it seems), which would make it pretty much impossible for the EBU… Read more »

Jonas
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Jonas

Especially if the little brat, I mean winner, appears on the real Eurovision in Tel Aviv next year, as has become tradition.

Joe
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Joe

I do appreciate the delightful awkwardness of how the last two showed up in years where their country didn’t make the final (Georgia’s winner popping up in 2017 and Russia’s in 2018). They’re largely very talented kids, I just find most of the songs decent at best and unlistenable at worst. Plus the whole thing reminds me too much of the child pageants we have down South here in the States.

James
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James

Just think of JESC as one of those interschool tourneys where schools from around the county would send their best to compete, or one tourney with a wider media coverage like the US National Spelling Bee on ESPN. It’s all for fun in the spirit of things.

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Kris
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Kris

I don’t like Kazakhstan’s song tbh or shouty diva ballads at all
So I’d rather not have Kazakhstan win
The only possible good that can come out of Kazakhstan winning though is its possible invitation for a future ESC.

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Liam mac Gabhann

So… it’s awesome to see Niamh Kavanagh and Ryan participating, and I wouldn’t be here otherwise because I don’t follow junior Eurovision. But this song is a bit bland in terms of the melody, and as a fluent speaker of Irish I can tell you, that the lyrics are a bit meh too. That being said though, I obviously wish my country the best of luck and for Taylor also! The music video is awesome!

Gudrun
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Gudrun

Ireland has the best music video and the worst song this year.

Cedric
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It’s actually the other way around.

Jonas
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Jonas

Niamh gave Ireland their fifth win, not their fourth. Thanks for the great article, though, I have little interest in Junior Eurovision but it’s nice to see Niamh and Ryan play a part. They both seem to have a great sense of humor.

Aisling
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Aisling

Literally watching the final on TG4 right now. Thought it was live. Was rooting for Shania… Oh well

Ron
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Ron

Shaniah was fantastic but I can see why they might have been tempted to send an uptempo pop song to JESC. I saw Shaniah saying somewhere after the show she would like to do senior Eurovision for Ireland

DenizNL
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DenizNL

Really nice video.