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!