Ireland have only creeped into the top ten at Junior Eurovision on one occasion – back in 2016. But Sophie Lennon is aiming to take the Emerald Isle back up the scoreboard at the 2022 contest, where she’ll be performing the song “Solas”.
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Ireland in Junior Eurovision 2022: Sophie Lennon with “Solas”
Once again, Irish broadcaster TG4 used Junior Eurovision Éire as its selection show to choose Ireland’s singer for Junior Eurovision 2022. Over five weeks, 24 young singers were whittled down to three by a panel of judges, which included a number of Ireland’s past Eurovision stars. Then for the first time ever, the public were able to vote online and choose a winner from the grand finalists.
Sophie Lennon previously reached the grand final of Junior Eurovision Éire in 2021, finishing in third place. But 2022 was finally her time. The viewers selected the 13-year-old as the winner and Sophie will now head to Junior Eurovision in Armenia.
Sophie comes from Northern Ireland, living in the village of Mayobridge in County Down. She has a couple of siblings and is a registered carer for her disabled older brother, Connor.
Despite her young age, Sophie has already achieved a lot. She was chosen to appear on The Late Late Toy Show at the end of 2021, Ireland’s most watched TV programme of the year. Sophie was then cast as Young Fiona in the Belfast production of Shrek: The Musical. And to top it off, she was one of the winners of BBC Northern Ireland School Soloist of the Year earlier in 2022.
What do the “Solas” lyrics mean?
Sophie sings about being a guiding “Solas” (“Light”) during the long and dangerous night.
This night is filled with danger, including stormy weather and “metal horses like dragons breathing fire”. However, Sophie reassures us that she will stay with us throughout and help comfort us:
I am the light
I am always with you
But I am always with you
But it’s not just Sophie who has the ability to shine a light for our world. She says we all have the power inside of us to be a supportive guide for others:
But the light is still there
Follow the beautiful music
It’s inside you, you are ready
To light up the world
These lyrics are represented in the music video by the use of lighthouse. At first we see Sophie running through the countryside, where she stumbles for a moment. After coming across a lighthouse, Sophie is eventually able to turn it on and also transform herself into the guiding light.
“Solas” lyrics – Sophie Lennon (Ireland JESC 2022)
Lyrics: Niall Mooney, MaJiKer and Hannah Featherstone
Music: Jonas Gladnikoff, MaJiKer, Hannah Featherstone and Ken McHugh
Irish Gaelic text
In san chiúnas
‘G cloisteáil stoirm
Ná bí eaglach faoin saol mór
‘An ghrian ag éirí
In the silence
Hear the storm
Don’t be afraid of the big world
The sun is rising
Will you be shining a “Solas” for Sophie Lennon during her performance at Junior Eurovision 2022? Do you think Ireland will finally reach the top ten again? Share your thoughts in the comments below.