Junior Eurovision: Muireann McDonnell wins first Irish Semi-Final

TG4 has just broadcast the first semi-final of the Irish national selection for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017. The show featured eight candidates but only Muireann McDonnell with her song “Súile Glasa” went through to the final after a sing-off of against Judy Langan

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

  1. Muireann McDonnell – “Súile Glasa”
  2. Hayley Keogh – “Is Cuimhin Liom”
  3. Junior Sensation – “Can Os Ard”
  4. Judy Langan “Draíocht An Cheoil” (Runner-up)
  5. Rachel Haughney – “Táim Níos Láidre”
  6. Kane Dunne – “Ar Chuala Tú?”
  7. Eloise Judge – “Domhan Foirfe”
  8. Amy Hehir – “Féieacán i mo chroí”

Junior Eurovision Eire 2017 is hosted by Eoghan McDermott, while the resident judges, Fiachna Ó Braonáin, Dustin ‘The Turkey’ and Bláthnaid Treacy, are joined by a guest judge from Ireland’s Eurovision past in each show. The guest judge of the first semi-final was Brendan Murray, who represented Ireland at this year’s Eurovision.

Pre-recorded shows:

As in previous editions, all shows have been filmed months ago, and they will be broadcast pre-recorded. That means the winner has been already working for months on preparations for the international song contest. The 32 entrants that will be featured on the live shows were selected through live auditions held nationwide. They competed with self-written original songs in the Irish language.

Broadcast schedule: 

  • First Semi-Final – October 22nd
  • Second Semi-Final – October 29th
  • Third Semi-Final – November 5th
  • Fourth Semi-Final – November 12th
  • Final – November 19th

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

About Belén García (Spain)

Belén García (Spain)

My name is Belén. I’m a musician and English teacher from Spain.

I have been following Eurovision since I was only 11 and the junior version since the beginning (expert of this contest). I love Eurovision because I love discovering new songs every year.

Before ESC+Plus, I have been part of very well-known websites about (Junior) Eurovision. Apart from writing, I love taking professional photos, designing and editing videos, I’m very creative!

I have already traveled to Eurovision and Junior Eurovision a few times and I highly recommend it! =)

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