Ireland in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015

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Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015
Country Ireland
National selection
Selection processJunior Eurovision Éire
Selection date(s)Semi-final
11 October 2015
18 October 2015
25 October 2015
1 November 2015
Final
8 November 2015
Selected entrantAimee Banks
Selected song"Réalta na mara (Star of the sea)"
Finals performance
Final result12th, 36 points
Ireland in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
2015 2016►

Ireland selected their Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015 entry through Junior Eurovision Éire. The competing songs were broken down into four semi-finals. On 23 March 2015 it was announced that Ireland would debut at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015.[1]

Junior Eurovision Éire was won by Aimee Banks, who sang "Réalta na mara" for Ireland at the contest. She placed 12th with 36 points.

Junior Eurovision Éire[edit]

Shows[edit]

Semi-final 1[edit]

# Artist [2] Song (English Translation) [2] Lyrics (l) / Music (m) [3] Result
01 Lisa-Rose McMahon "Bris amach" (Break out) Lisa-Rose McMahon (m & l), Brendan McCaughey (m & l), Carmel McGivney (m) Final Duel
02 Jessica Doolan "Mise sa todhchaí" (Myself in the future) Jessica Doolan (m & l), Hugh Doolan (m) Eliminated
03 David Kennedy "Fuar" (Cold) David Kennedy (m & l), Emma O'Reilly (m) Final Duel
04 Eva Roantree "Geallaim duit" (I promise you) Eva Roantree (m & l), Gary Burke (m & l) Eliminated
05 Eva Campbell "I mo fhéileacán" (In my butterfly) Eva Campbell (m & l), Leo Capper (m & l) Eliminated
06 Katie O’Donoghue "Síscéal" (Fairytale) Katie O'Donghue (m & l), Elsa Joyce (m), Jamie O'Donoghue (m), Ruby Fairclough (l) Eliminated
07 Amy Meehan "Gan tú" (Without you) Amy Meehan (m & l), Tommy Conway (m), Geraldine Galligan (l) Eliminated
08 Ellen McAteer "Dubh agus bán" (Black and white) Ellen McAteer (m & l) Eliminated
Final Duel[edit]
Artist Song Result
Lisa-Rose McMahon "Bris amach" Eliminated
David Kennedy "Fuar" Advanced
Jury's vote
  • Stiofán Ó Fearail: David Kennedy
  • Niamh Kavanagh: Lisa-Rose McMahon
  • Brian Kennedy: David Kennedy

Semi-final 2[edit]

# Artist [4] Song (English Translation) [4] Lyrics (l) / Music (m) [4] Result
01 Aimee Banks "Réalta na mara" (Star of the sea) Aimee Banks (m & l), Niall Mooney, Jonas Gladnikoff, Brendan McCarthy Final Duel
02 Na Cork Rappers "Is maith liom é" (I like it) Na Cork Rappers (m & l), GMC Beats, Webwise, YWIC Eliminated
03 Ellie Power "Mo ghrá" (My love) Ellie Power (m & l) Eliminated
04 Kelly Irwin "Fíor chairde" (True friends) Kelly Irwin (m & l), Greg French Final Duel
05 Ashley Tubridy "Múr samhraidh" (Summer rain) Ashley Tubridy (m & l) Eliminated
06 Ruby Buckley "Síocháin" (Peace) Ruby Buckley (m & l), Ylva Persson, Linda Persson Eliminated
07 Ellie Quinlan "Ag taisteal an domhain" (Travelling the world) Ellie Quinlan (m & l) Eliminated
08 Maude Adams "Dubh ’is gorm" (Black ’n’ blue) Maude Adams (m & l) Eliminated
Final Duel[edit]
Artist Song Result
Aimee Banks "Réalta na mara" Advanced
Kelly Irwin "Fíor chairde" Eliminated
Jury's vote
  • Stiofán Ó Fearail: Aimee Banks
  • Niamh Kavanagh: did not vote
  • Brian Kennedy: Aimee Banks

Semi-final 3[edit]

# Artist [5] Song (English Translation) [5] Lyrics (l) / Music (m) [5] Result
01 Aislí Moran "Aisling" (Dream) Aislí Moran (m & l), Greg French, Miss Ali Final Duel
02 Muireann Vaughan "Miongháire" (Smiling) Muireann Vaughan (m & l) Final Duel
03 Adam Moloney "Lá ámháin" (One day) Adam Moloney (m & l) Eliminated
04 Aoibhín Walsh "Féileacán i mo shaol" (Butterfly in my life) Aoibhín Walsh (m & l), Brendan Keeley Eliminated
05 Rachel Galvin "Bhíomar i ngrá" (We were in love) Rachel Galvin (m & l), Dearbhla Collins Eliminated
06 Revolutionary "Splancacha" (Sparks) Ellen McGroary, Aoife Breslin, Síofra Mauerhofer, Aoibhín Woods Eliminated
07 Leah Kavanagh "Tusa agus mise" (You and me) Leah Kavanagh (m & l), Daire McGabhann (l), Áine Mulvey (m & l), Natasha Senanayake (m) Eliminated
08 Amy Scollard "Grá go deo" (Love forever) Amy Scollard (m & l), Elaine McCabe Cudden Eliminated
Final Duel[edit]
Artist Song Result
Aislí Moran "Aisling" (Dream) Eliminated
Muireann Vaughan "Miongháire" (Smiling) Advanced
Jury's vote
  • Stiofán Ó Fearail: Muireann Vaughan
  • Niamh Kavanagh: Muireann Vaughan
  • Brian Kennedy: Aislí Moran

Semi-final 4[edit]

# Artist [6] Song (English Translation) [6] Lyrics (l) / Music (m) [5] Result
01 Zena Donnelly "I d’aonair" (On Your Own) Zena Donnelly (m & l) Final Duel
02 Sophie Halligan "Caillte gan tú" (Lost without you) Sophie Halligan (m & l), Paddy Reilly (m & l) Final Duel
03 Sceitimíní "Sé seo mo ghuí" (This is my prayer) Sceitimíní (m & l), Blue Ribbon Arts (m & l) Eliminated
04 Paddy Heneghan "Rún" (Mystery) Paddy Heneghan (m & l), Kate Heneghan (m & l), Art O’Suilleabhan (m & l) Eliminated
05 Katie Ball "Ag damhsa liomsa" (Dance with me) Katie Ball (m & l), Greg French (m & l) Eliminated
06 Jane Breathnach "An chéad uair" (The first time) Jane Breathnach (m & l), Kevin Breathnach (m & l), Billy Larkin (m & l) Eliminated
07 Lillie Foley "Tóg mó lámh" (Take my hand) Lillie Foley (m & l), Flossie Plain (m & l) Eliminated
08 Olivia Emade "Seo í an oíche" (This is the night) Olivia Emade (m & l), Michael English (m & l) Eliminated
Final Duel[edit]
Artist Song Result
Zena Donnelly "I d’aonair" (On Your Own) Advanced
Sophie Halligan "Caillte gan tú" (Lost without you) Eliminated
Jury's vote
  • Stiofán Ó Fearail: Zena Donnelly
  • Niamh Kavanagh: Sophie Halligan
  • Brian Kennedy: Zena Donnelly

Final[edit]

Along with the winners from the four heats, two wildcard acts were entered into the final. They were Lisa-Rose McMahon who came second in week 1 and Aislí Moran who came second in week 3.

# Artist Song (English Translation) Result
01 Zena Donnelly "I d’aonair" (On Your Own) Final Duel
02 Lisa-Rose McMahon "Bris amach" (Break out) Eliminated
03 Muireann Vaughan "Miongháire" (Smiling) Eliminated
04 Aimee Banks "Réalta na mara" (Star of the sea) Final Duel
05 David Kennedy "Fuar" (Cold) Eliminated
06 Aislí Moran "Aisling" (Dream) Eliminated
Final Duel[edit]

For the final, a sing-off was introduced between the top two contenders.

# Artist Song Result
01 Aimee Banks "Réalta na mara" (Star of the sea) Winner
02 Zena Donnelly "I d’aonair" (On Your Own) Runner-up
Jury's vote
  • Stiofán Ó Fearail: Aimee Banks
  • Niamh Kavanagh: Aimee Banks
  • Brian Kennedy: Zena Donnelly

Artist and song information[edit]

Republic of Ireland"Réalta na Mara
(Star of the sea)"
Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015 entry
Country
Artist(s)
Aimee Banks
Languages
Composer(s)
Aimee Banks, Niall Mooney, Jonas Gladnikoff, Brendan McCarthy
Lyricist(s)
Aimee Banks
Finals performance
Final result
12
Final points
36

Aimee Banks[edit]

Aimee Banks (born 14 February 2002)[7] is a young soprano from Moycullen, in County Galway. She represented Ireland in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015 with "Réalta na Mara", (lit. Star of the sea), a song which she co-wrote and composed with Niall Mooney, Jonas Gladnikoff and Brendan McCarthy.

Banks had recently been awarded first place for the International Vocal Competition "American Protege" and was to perform in Carnegie Hall on 19 December. She secured eight National Titles at Ireland's Classical Festival Feis Ceoil 2015 and was also awarded Overall Vocalist Award and Bursary 2015 for Midlands Feis Ceoil. She had recorded her debut album My Classical Spirit and donated the proceeds to "Laura Lynn Children’s Hospice". In 2016 to high acclaim she debuted in her first Opera as the young Giordano Bruno in Roger Doyle's first electronic Opera 'Heresy' with commendations from 'Opera Now' 'The Irish Times' and 'Opera Today'.

Banks is in fifth year in Coláiste na Coiribe and is a student at The Royal Irish Academy of Music under the direction of Professor Kathleen Tynan Head of Vocal Studies and Opera. She can sing in 10 different languages. ( English, Irish, French, Italian, Latin, German, Spanish, Norwegian, Korean and Japanese)

Réalta na Mara (Star of the sea)[edit]

At Junior Eurovision[edit]

At the running order draw which took place on 15 November 2015, Ireland were drawn to perform seventh on 21 November 2015, following Australia and preceding Russia.[8]

Final[edit]

The staging consisted consisted of a deep purple background with a multitude of stars. The 'star of the sea' also appeared in bright light towards the end of the song. The other important notice was that the waves in the sea behind Aimee were less rough, becoming as the song progressed to match with the lyrics. The stage for the performance was covered in dry ice, giving a mystical effect to the performance.

Aimee Banks at stage of JESC 2015

At the end of the voting, Ireland finished 12th with 36 points.

Voting[edit]

The voting during the final consisted of 50 percent public televoting and 50 percent from a jury deliberation. The jury consisted of five music industry professionals who were citizens of the country they represent, with their names published before the contest to ensure transparency. This jury was asked to judge each contestant based on: vocal capacity; the stage performance; the song's composition and originality; and the overall impression by the act. In addition, no member of a national jury could be related in any way to any of the competing acts in such a way that they cannot vote impartially and independently. The individual rankings of each jury member were released one month after the final.

Following the release of the full split voting by the EBU after the conclusion of the competition, it was revealed that Ireland had placed 10th with the public televote and 14th with the jury vote. In the public vote, Ireland scored 43 points, while with the jury vote, Ireland scored 19 points.

Below is a breakdown of points awarded to Ireland and awarded by Ireland in the final and the breakdown of the jury voting and televoting conducted during the final.

Points awarded to Ireland[edit]

12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

Points awarded by Ireland[edit]