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Selection details revealed for “Junior Eurovision Éire”

The Irish broadcaster TG4 has announced details about this year’s selection process to find the singer, who will represent Ireland in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017. The first show of Junior Eurovision Éire will be broadcast on October 22nd while the winner will be announced in the show which will be aired on November 19th.

Junior Eurovision Éire

Just like in recent year’s, five shows will be broadcast, in order to find a winner out of 32 participants. A jury will select the best two of each heat to battle it out in a duel. The winner of each show will go on to the final. The jury will also select two wildcards to compete in the final together with the semifinal winners. DJ Eoghan McDermott will host the show again.

The jury

Fiachna Ó Braonáin (Hot House Flowers – Eurovision Interval Act in 1988 with Don’t Go) and Bláthnaid Treacy will make the decisions each week as part of the resident jury, together with guests judges from Irelands Eurovision past. Dustin the Turkey (2008), Jedward (2011, 2012), Brian Kennedy (2006), Niamh Kavanagh (1993, 2010 – pictured below), Linda Martin (1984, 1992) and Brendan Murray (2017) will be part of the show as guests judges.

Show already recorded

Just like previous years, all the shows of Junior Eurovision Éire have already been recorded and TG4 already found a winner of their selection show. The result will be kept as a secret till the final of the show on November 19th. The delegation is currently working on how the stage design will look for the 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

Ireland in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest

Ireland first appeared in the 2015 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Aimee came 12th in the 2015 edition while last years representative, Zena, came 10th.
Do you think Ireland will keep improving their results at the JESC? Let us know in the comments below or on social media @ESCXTRA!

Dominik Rössing

Hey, I'm Dominik from Germany. Watched my first Eurovision in 2003 and I was in love right away! Attended my first contest in 2011 and every contest since 2013. The same happened with Melodifestivalen. Started watching in 2006 and been to every final since 2017 and try to make it to at least one heat each year, too. After all, Melodifestivalen is the real deal ♥

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