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Irish national selection for Junior Eurovision kicks-off today

TG4 will broadcast tonight the first out of five shows set to pick the act who will wave the Irish flag at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016.

The Irish speaker broadcaster will be using the same selection procedure than last year, made up of four semi-finals and a national final to be aired on November 6. All the shows will be broadcast on delay as they were recorded last month.

A total of 32 candidates will compete during the Irish shows. Each semi-final will hold 8 acts, but only one of them will move forward to the national final which will have 5 contenders. The line up for today looks as it follows:

  • Hannah McNicholas Roche from Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin with her song “Titim as a Chéile”.
  • Amy Meehan from Manorcunningham, Co. Donegal with her song “Tapaigh An Deis”.
  • Walter McCabe from Ballinteer, Co. Dublin with his song “Las Do Sholas”.
  • Bernadette Royo from Waterford City with her song “Bean Sí”.
  • Molly McCarthy from Cork with her song “Imithe Leis An Ghaoth”.
  • Jael Katebe-Wini from Cork with her song “An Ghrá i do Chroí”.
  • Cathal Gavin from Swinford, Co. Mayo with his song “Seo hé Mo Ghlór”.
  • Susie Power from Kilcullen, Co. Kildare with her song “Popsicle”.

Once again, an expert panel will be responsible for selecting the best voice and song for the international competition. This year, however, the jury panel will be little bit different as the resident judges, Fiachna Ó Braonáin and Pauline Avalon, will be joined each week by a guest judge from Ireland’s Eurovision past. Today, the guest jury members will be Jedward, who represented Ireland at Eurovision 2011 and 2012.

The show will be aired at 21:00 CET on TG4, you can watch it on-line by clicking HERE.

About Belén García (Spain)

Belén García (Spain)
My name is Belén, I am a 25 year-old musician girl from Spain. I have been following Eurovision since I was only 11 and the Junior version since the beginning (expert of this contest).Before ESC+Plus, I have been part of very well-known websites about Eurovision. Apart from writing, I love taking professional photos!I have already travelled to Eurovision three times (Malmö 2013, Copenhagen 2014 and Vienna 2015) and to Junior Eurovision twice (Malta 2014 & Bulgaria 2015). Next stop -> Stockholm 2016