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Junior Eurovision: Line-up for second Irish semi-final revealed

TG4 have revealed the candidates that will take part at the second semi-final of the Irish national selection for Junior Eurovision, which will be held on Sunday. 

Only one out of these eight contenders will move forward to the final:

  • Zena Donnelly from Blackrock, Co. Dublin
    Song title: Bríce Ar Bhríce
  • Taylor Hynes from Blanchardstown, Dublin
    Song title: Níos Airde
  • Maggie-Sue McCormack from Nurney, Co. Kildare
    Song title: Tusa
  • Natalie Hurley from Churchtown, Dublin
    Song title: Mo chuid “Superstars”
  • Daniel Gallagher from Ratoath, Co. Meath
    Song title: Táim Beo
  • Leah Cunningham from Rathkeale, Co. Limerick
    Song title: Saol Iontach
  • Holly Sturton from Tuamgraney, Co. Clare
    Song title: A Cheol, Is Tusa M’Anamchara
  • Ciara Mullarkey from Enniscrone, Co. Mayo
    Song title: An Ghealach


The Irish speaker broadcaster will be using the same selection procedure than last year, made up of 5 shows aired pre-recorded, which began its broadcast last Sunday with Walter McCabe as winner of the first semi-final. A total of 32 candidates selected after extensive auditions nationwide will compete to represent Ireland in Valletta with one of each semi-final being selected to compete at the grand final.

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, including Linda Martin, Niamh Kavanagh, Jedward, Sandie Jones and Dustin.

The second Irish semi-final will be broadcast on Sunday at 21.00 CET on TG4.

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