Junior Eurovision: Sinéad Carr wins last Irish Semi-Final

TG4 has just broadcast the last semi-final of the Irish national selection for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017. The show featured eight candidates but only Sinéad Carr with her song “Cén Fáth” went through to the final after a sing-off of against Orla McDermott

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

  • Sinéad Carr – “Cén Fáth”
  • Walter McCabe – “Saor”
  • Orla McDermott – “Cairdeas” (Runner-Up)
  • Ella Pepper – “Ach Eolas Ar Ár nDuchas”
  • Nessa Markham – “Mamó”
  • Jirat O’Neill – “Spraoi As An Saol”
  • Olivia Foley – “Cróga”
  • Leah Keenam – “Táim Láidir”

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 last semi-final was Niamh Kavanagh, who represented the country at Eurovision 1993 and 2010.

The final line-up:

The Irish national final will be broadcast next week and it will feature the four semi-final winners and one or two performers that will be given a second chance:

  • Muireann McDonnell – “Súile Glasa”
  • Gwenaelle Noval – “Lig Dom Lomrú”
  • Úna Ní Mhistéil – “Álann”
  • Sinéad Carr – “Cén Fáth”

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, who was selected by the jury panel, 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


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