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Manw to represent debuting nation Wales in Junior Eurovision!

The Grand Final of Chwilio Am Seren took place tonight. After the Final six was condensed to the Final three, the public had the final say as to who was the first Welsh representative at the Junior Eurovision stage.

Manw scored victory in “Chwilio am Seren”

13-year old Manw impressed the viewers and the audience at Llandudno’s Venue Cymru this evening with her performance of “Hi yw y Berta”, meaning she took the victory and will now represent Wales in Minsk on 25 November.

The song was written by Ywain Gwynedd and was written about how we need to leave the world for our future generations, and it focuses on global environmental changes and the power that the children of today have to change this now and in the future. The song actually started as a love song for Ywain’s daughter, and it is now a love song for the world. Ywain believes the song is a “nice message for Junior Eurovision”.

She was both the jury and public winner

Tonight’s show was held in two parts – the first half was where the final six performed one cover each, in Welsh, with the mentors – Stifyn Parry, Connie Fisher and Tara Bethan – commenting on each performance. Tonight, however, the mentors did not have the power to vote and for the first half of the show, this was down to five juries stationed in Cardiff, Llandudno, Aberystwyth, Caernarfon and London. The results of the jury votes was as below:

  1. Manw – 4 votes
  2. Ella – 4 votes
  3. Lily – 3 votes
  4. Gracie – 2 votes (eliminated)
  5. Misha – 2 votes (eliminated)
  6. Lauren – 0 votes (eliminated)

The final three – Manw, Ella and Lily – then progressed to the second half of the final where they performed their own rendition of the Welsh entry, “Hi yw y Berta”. This performance was then voted on by the public, which chose Manw as their winner. This means Manw will be the first act to represent Wales at Junior Eurovision and the 18th act to be announced for this year’s contest.

Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018

Belarus’s capital Minsk will be the host of the 2018 edition of Junior Eurovision. This is the second time the event takes place in the city, that previously hosted it in 2010. A record-breaking 20 countries will participate in Minsk on November 25. Wales and Kazakhstan will both make a debut with Kazakhstan participating for the first time to any Eurovision related event. Furthermore,  the contest will also feature three returning countries: France, that last participated in 2004, Azerbaijan that last participated in 2013 and Israel that last participated in 2016.

Unfortunately,  Cyprus instead confirmed its withdrawal from the competition.

Do you think Wales picked the right person for their debut at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest?. Let us know your opinions and thoughts below or at social media @ESCXTRA

Manw performing her Junior Eurovision entry

Tom Ryan

After joining the team in 2018, I've been lucky enough to cover four Eurovision seasons and I'm excited to see what 2023 has in store for us! I'm a music enthusiast, but also enjoy learning - so you'll likely find me in a classroom or listening to the best new music!

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