Junior Eurovision 2022: Ireland
This year Ireland is being represent at Junior Eurovision 2022 by Sophie Lennon with the song, 'Solas'.
You can find details on the entry, the artist and the history of Ireland Junior Eurovision below.
The artist: Sophie Lennon
12 year old Sophie Lennon of Mayobridge, County Down will represent Ireland at the 2022 Junior Eurovision Song Contest after winning TG4 Ireland’s Junior Eurovision Éire contest with her rendition of Linda Martin’s 1992 Eurovision winning song ‘Why Me’.
Sophie has previously appeared in multiple West End shows as well as Britain’s Got Talent, along with being the 2022 BBC School Soloist of the Year, all of this happening from a viral video of Sophie singing 'O Holy Night' in 2020.
After winning Sophie posted to her Instagram:
“OMG I’m speechless I just can’t believe I’ve WON tonight the voice of Ireland and I will be representing Ireland at the Junior Eurovision song contest this December in Armenia this is such an unbelievable and exciting experience for me! Thank you so much to each and everyone of you who took the time to vote and support me you will be with me every step of the way and I couldn’t have done it without you all you’re all amazing!”
The entry: ‘Solas’
‘Solas’ was written by Niall Mooney who having written many Junior Eurovision songs also wrote the 2010 Ireland Eurovision entry ‘It’s for You’ performed by previous Eurovision winner Niamh Kavanagh.
Sophie has said that the song has a beautiful message that “no matter how bad times get, there’s always a light inside of you that will see you through the difficult times”.
Ireland at Junior Eurovision
Ireland made their debut at Junior Eurovision in 2015 sponsored by the Irish Language broadcaster TG4 with the song ‘Réalta Na Mara’ sung by Aimee Banks and finishing in 12th place. Between 2015 and 2018 Ireland used their national final to select both the artist and song, but since 2019 have use the national final to select the artist with the song being decided by internal selection.
2022 will be the seventh time Ireland has competed at Junior Eurovision with their highest placing being 10th at the 2016 contest in Malta with ‘Bríce ar bhríce’ by Zena Donnelly. Can Ireland make 2022 the year that they secure their highest place yet?
Junior Eurovision 2022 will be held in Yerevan on December 11, 2022 (December 12th, 2022 in Australia).
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