Úna Ní Mhistéil has won the third semi-final of Ireland’s selection for Junior Eurovision 2017. This is the third of four semi finals in total to be shown before Ireland’s representative is revealed in the final.
TG4 broadcast the third of four pre-recorded Junior Eurovision Eire semi-finals on Saturday. Eight young singers performed two minutes of their songs in front a jury panel. The panel is made up of Fiachna Ó Braonáin, Bláthnaid Treacy and Brian Kennedy (Ireland 2006). The jury chose Una with her song “Álainn” (Lovely) as the winner. The full list of singers were as follows:
- Úna Ní Mhistéil – “Álainn” (Beautiful)
- Cúigear Ceolmhar – “I Mo Chroí” (In My Heart)
- Holly Owens – “Saoirse” (Freedom)
- Annie Bolger – “Éire Álainn” (Beautiful Ireland)
- Nutsa Bidzishvili – “An Bháisteach” (The Rain)
- Logan McConnon – “Slán Leat” (Goodbye)
- Cathleen Garland – “A Ghrá Mo Chroí” (Love of My Heart)
- Ciara Doherty – “Tá Mé Anseo” (I Am Here)
Úna will join Muireann McDonnell and Gwenaelle Noval from the first two semi finals, along with the winner of the remaining fourth semi-final. TG4 will broadcast the final on 19th November – a week before the Junior Eurovision Contest in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Ireland at Junior Eurovision
Irish language broadcaster TG4 organises the participation. Ireland debuted at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2015, when it was hosted in Sofia, Bulgaria. Aimee Banks represented Ireland with the song ‘Réalta na mara’. She finished 12th in the final. Zena Donelly represented Ireland in 2016 in Malta with the song “Bríce ar Bhríce”. She finished 10th in the final scoring a total of 122 points, including receiving the countries first 12 points in the contest.
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