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Junior Eurovision: Jessica Doolan wins first Irish semi-final

TG4 has just broadcast the first semi-final of the Irish national selection for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018. The show featured seven candidates but only Jessica Doolan with her song ‘Aisling’ went through to the final after a sing-off of against Saibh Skelly

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

  1. Saibh Skelly – Grian Is Gealach Le Chéile
  2. Katie O’Connor – Creidim I nGrá
  3. Jessica Doolan – Aisling
  4. Faith Robinson – Damhsa
  5. Grace O’Dwyer – Ár nDomhan Beag
  6. Na Dynamos – Fan Liom
  7. Kailen Garrett – Mo Chuid Féin

Junior Eurovision Eire 2018 is hosted by Eoghan McDermott, while the resident judges, Fiachna Ó Braonáin and Gráinne Bleasdale, will be joined by a guest judge from Ireland’s Eurovision past in each show. The guest judge of the first semi-final was Ryan O’Saughnessy, who represented Ireland at this year’s Eurovision. This year, a new voting method for the judges has been introduced to show transparency in the process.

Pre-recorded shows:

As in previous editions, all shows have been filmed prior to the broadcast, so TG4 will air them pre-recorded. That means the winner is already working on preparations for the international song contest. The 32 entrants, who were selected through live auditions held nationwide, will compete in the national selection performing self-written original songs in Irish.

Broadcast schedule: 

  • First Semi-Final – October 14th
  • Second Semi-Final – October 21st
  • Third Semi-Final – October 28th
  • Fourth Semi-Final – November 8th
  • Final – November 11th

What do you think about today’s winner? Let us know in comments!

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