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Junior Eurovision Éire 2021: Two acts go through the second Irish heat

TG4 has just broadcast the second heat of the Irish national selection for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2021. The show featured seven candidates but only Shannon Copeland and Cora Harkin will compete at the semi-final stage.

These are the seven entrants that performed at today’s show:

  • Shannon Copeland“Halo” ( 9 + 8 + 9 = 26 )
  • Cora Harkin“Catch me if you can” ( 9 + 8 + 8 = 25 )
  • Sienna Hopkins“Nervous” ( 8 + 8 + 9 = 25 )
  • Zara Alexander“Stay with me” ( 7 + 7 + 8 = 22 )
  • Riaghan Boardman “Bruises” ( 8 + 8 +7 = 23)
  • Rainne Isibeal Marzo“Pompeii” ( 6 + 7 + 6 =19 )
  • Grace Nic Giolla Channáin“September Song” ( 6 + 7 + 5 = 18 )

Today’s qualifiers were decided by a professional jury panel, made up of Niamh Ní Chróinín, Fiachna Ó Braonáin, and this week’s guest judge Bryan Kennedy, who represented Ireland at Eurovision 2006. The experts rated the performances from 0 to 10 stars and the top 1 automatically qualified for the semi-final. Then, a sing-off decided the second qualifier after a new voting procedure that included ‘Yes’ and ‘No’.

Remember that this year’s edition is only aimed to select who will sing for Ireland at Junior Eurovision 2021 as the song will be chosen internally by the broadcaster. That’s why Junior Eurovision Éire is being broadcast earlier than ever.

Next week, the Irish national selection will continue with the third heat, with another seven candidates.

What do you think about today’s qualifiers? Who was your favourite?

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