This is the Grand Final of Junior Eurovision Eire and the last three acts are vying for Ireland’s spot at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest this year in Gliwice – you know the drill, join me, Richard from 20:30 GMT/21:30 CET by regularly refreshing the page!
The three acts are:
- Anna Kearney
- Savannah Pheonix-Munroe
- Orla McDermott
Chris Greene and Grainne Bleasdale are joined by two guest judges on the panel for the Grand Final. They are Linda Martin and former regular Junior Eurovision Eire judge, Fiachna O Braonáin. Fiachna will also be writing this year’s Irish entry.
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Good evening Europe! It’s Richard here for the second of our two #LiveBlog’s for Junior Eurovision Song Contest National Finals. Eoghan McDermott is your host once again and is currently welcoming the regular and guest judges.
Tonight, the contestants will sing their favourite song from previous rounds first, before performing an Irish Eurovision classic.
Anna Kearney is up first. Anna delivers a Clean Bandit song (the title passes me!) confidently, yet I feel there is more to be seen. The second round could provide this.
Orla McDermott is second up. She is performing “Linger” by The Cranberries. She has a good connection with the audience, however I feel the song is been sung in the wrong key. Another confident performance.
Savannah is up last in Round One singing “Circle of Life”. She is not only connecting with the audience, but with the song too. Emotion and armography is there to be seen by all. My contender after the first set of songs.
It’s time for an Ad Break!
Anna is back attempting “Why Me”. I’m not really sure she has the power and emotion needed for this song. Still a confident attempt at an Irish Eurovision classic.
Orla is next. She is performing “Rock ‘n’ Roll Kids”. Orla is showing emotion through the lyrics and using the stage to express her feelings. To bring a song originally sung as a duet and perform it as a single person is certainly brave, yet Orla has pulled it off with no problem at all.
Savannah is last up performing an Irish Eurovision classic – also the last competitive performance of the evening. She will be performing “Hold Me Now”. Wow – Savannah has connected to this song and has no problems in delivering a really confident performance – both emotionally and vocally.
After the final Sing-Off between Anna and Savannah, Anna has been chosen to represent Ireland in Gliwice.
Anna is now performing “Banshee”, the Irish entry for this year’s Contest.
Good night from me, Richard. Look out for our continued coverage of this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest before John, Staggy and I arrive in Gliwice, where we will bring you wall-to-wall coverage of the Contest.
Author: Richard Taylor
Source: Eurovision Ireland