Ireland will be competing at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest for the 4th time this year in Minsk, Belarus.
The country made its JESC-debut in 2015 in Sofia, Bulgaria, and have been participating ever since. This year is no exception, confirms Irish broadcaster TG4, who have also launched their JESC 2018 Selection Process yesterday, June 14th.
The Irish aspiring JESC-performers have to be aged 9-14 years old and they have from now until July 23rd to apply to represent their country later this year in Minsk. The final entry will be chosen in a televised selection, after rounds of auditions.
The selection process will be as follows:
- First round of auditions where a panel will look through all of the applications
- Second round of auditions where the participants will perform their entry in Irish - After the two rounds, artists will be selected to take part in a televised selection, where the 2018 Irish entry will be chosen.
Ireland made its best JESC-score at the 2016 contest in Valletta, Malta, represented by Zena Donelly with the song “Bríce ar Bhríce”, and came 10th with a final scoring of 122.
We’re excited to be following the Irish selection, and so do we hope that you are! We would love to know your favorite Irish JESC-entry - please don’t hesitate to share it with us in the comments!