Ireland has become the latest participating country to announce their Junior Eurovision 2022 act. Sophie Lennon won the selection ‘Junior Eurovision Éire’ and so will represent Ireland at the 2022 Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
Earlier this week, the final of Junior Eurovision Éire took place. The three finalists were Sophie Lennon, Clare Keeley and Niamh Noade – who each performed two songs before an 100% televote system determined the winner. This was the first time Ireland’s Junior Eurovision representative was chosen exclusively by public vote.
After impressive performances of Tom Walker’s “Leave A Light On” and Linda Martin’s “Why Me?”, Sophie was selected to fly the Irish flag in Yerevan.
Junior Eurovision 2022
The 2022 Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be held on December 11th in the Karen Demirchyan Sports and Concert Complex in Yerevan, Armenia. This is the second time that Yerevan is hosting the contest, after previously having this honour in 2011. A total of 16 countries will ‘Spin The Magic’ later this year. Take a look at the participating countries below.
- Albania – Kejtlin Gjata
- Armenia (Host) – Nare
- France – Lissandro
- Georgia – Mariam Bigvava
- Ireland – Sophie Lennon
- Kazakhstan – David Charlin
- Malta – Gaia Gambuzza
- Netherlands – Luna
- North Macedonia – Lara Trpčeska and Irina Davidovska
- Poland – Laura Bączkiewicz
- Portugal – Nicolas Alves
- Serbia – Katarina Savić
- Spain – Carlos Higes
- Ukraine – Zlata Dyzunka
- United Kingdom
Ireland in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
Thus far Ireland has taken part in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest six times. Since their debut they have chosen their artist through the Junior Eurovision Éire selection show. The Gaelic country made their debut in 2015 with Aimee Banks and her song ‘Réalta na Mara‘, which placed twelfth. Their best result came in 2016, when they sent Zena Donnelly with her song ‘Bríce Ar Bhríce‘, which placed tenth in Malta.
Last year, Maiú Levi Lawlor won Junior Eurovision Éire. His entry “Saor (Disappear)” was later selected internally, and went on to place 18th in Paris with 44 points.
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