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Monday 23 October 2017

Junior Eurovision looking for a little help

Junior Eurovision winner Malta 2013
Junior Eurovision winner Malta 2013

ASPIRING musicians take note: this year Ireland are set to compete in the Junior Eurovison Song Contest for the first time.

Youngsters aged between 10 and 15, who think they could give Johnny Logan, a run for his money are invited to sign up for auditions.

TG4 are running auditions nationwide later this year to find finalists who will then compete on a televised show due to air in autumn to find Ireland's junior representative.

Applicants must enter with an original Irish language song but help from adults on this count in allowed.

Solo singers and groups as big as six people can take part in the competition. The annual competition will take part in an as yet unnamed European city in November.

Opportunity

Like its counterpart, the junior edition of the show is a spectacular big budget production - a massive opportunity for any aspiring musician.

"The show is epic," Brian Graham, of Adare Productions who will work on the programme, told the Herald.

No previous stage training or experience is required, just a passion for music, say the producers.

"We are looking for anyone who thinks that they have a voice that belongs on stage," Mr Graham said.

A judging panel will soon be unveiled for the show - it is hoped that people who have experience on the iconic Eurovision stage will take part.

Last year's competition was held in Malta with 16 countries competing. Details on how to apply can be found at www.tg4.ie/junioreurovision

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