Junior Eurovision Éire Continues: Final Semi-Finalists Decided

The final heat of the Irish Junior Eurovision selection has taken place, with the next qualifiers decided. The show was hosted by Louise Cantillon.

Similar to previous editions of the competition, the results will be decided by a jury panel. Two of the judges will be permanent fixtures, and they are:

  • Niamh Ní Chróinín – Radio presenter, manager of Irish-language youth radio station Raidió Rí-Rá
  • Fiachna Ó Braonáin – Member of Hothouse Flowers (interval act at Eurovision 1988), judge on Junior Eurovision Éire between 2016 and 2018, composer of the Irish Junior Eurovision song of 2019

The guest judge this week was Mickey Joe Harte who represented Ireland in 2003.

Each of the participants performed popular songs in Irish. Judges could score up to 10 stars for each artist. The artist with the highest score would go directly to the semi-final, while the next two highest scorers progressed to a sing-off. After performing, the judges chose the second semi-finalist.

  • Julie Cole – “I’ll Be There” (26 stars)
  • Kate Skelton – “Grace” (23 stars)
  • Maiú Levi Lawlor – “Hold Back the River” (24 stars)
  • Victoria Foster – “Shut Up and Dance” (22 stars)
  • Ruby Maher – “Hold Me While You Wait” (25 stars)
  • Neala Graham – “Lullaby” (17 stars)
  • Katie Coyle – “Lost Without You” (20 stars)

Qualifying directly to the semi-final was Julie Cole. Maiú Levi Lawlor and Ruby Maher progressed to the sing-off, with the judges ultimately choosing Maiú.