The second semi-final of the Irish national selection for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 will be aired today. Another eight candidates will compete for one of the final spots, who will be the next qualifier?
Once again, the show will be hosted by Eoghan McDermott, while the resident judges, Fiachna Ó Braonáin and Bláthnaid Treacy, will be joined by a new guest judge from Ireland’s Eurovision past, Dustin the Turkey (2008), Jedward (2011, 2012), Brian Kennedy (2006), Niamh Kavanagh (1993, 2010) or Linda Martin (1984, 1992).
As in previous editions, all shows have been filmed months ago, and they will be broadcast pre-recorded. That means the winner, who was chosen by the judges, 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.
First Semi-Final – October 22nd
- Second Semi-Final – October 29th
- Third Semi-Final – November 5th
- Fourth Semi-Final – November 12th
- Final – November 19th
The second semi-final of Junior Eurovision Éire will be broadcast today at 21.00 CET on TG4.