The Irish broadcaster has launched details of its national selection for Junior Eurovision 2016.
TG4 made its debut at the Junior competition last year running an external national selection which was won by the 13-year-old soprano Aimee Banks. This year, the Irish broadcaster will be using the same selection method, made up of auditions and televised shows.
- The auditions are open to children who will be aged 9-14 on 20th November 2016. Applicants may be a solo singer or a group of maximum six children.
- For the first round auditions, the applicants will be asked to sing two songs of their choice. They should sing a 2 minute segment of each song without musical accompaniment or backing track, ie, a cappella. These auditions will be held nationwide at the end of June.
- From the first round auditions, the top singers / groups will be selected. They will be given a number of weeks to write their own Irish language song. The singers / groups must be involved in the song writing process, but they are allowed to be given help in writing their songs and in putting music to their songs.
- At the second round audition, the singers / groups will perform their songs. From this audition the Top 32 will be chosen to perform on the televised selection series.
- Over the course of the first 4 televised episodes, the Top 32 will sing in front of a panel of judges. From the 8 singers featured in each show, 1 will go forward to the deciding show (episode 5).
- In the deciding show, the 4 singers remaining will compete to represent Ireland in Malta on 20th November 2016.
Aimee Banks represented Ireland at Junior Eurovision 2015 with the song “Réalta na Mara” finishing 12th.