Ireland finished fourth in Junior Eurovision in Yerevan, Armenia yesterday with 13-year-old Sophie Lennon lighting the stage and performing the Irish language for millions of viewers.
The teenager, who performed in London’s West End, sang solasmeans ‘Light’ in Irish.
The song sheds light on mental health issues.
Sophie helped Ireland achieve the highest number of votes in the history of the teen song contest, which Lissandro of France won.
The young singer’s success is not surprising as she is already somewhat of an experienced performer.
Sophie recently won the BBC School Soloist award. And she is the youngest person to be nominated for two AIMS Awards for her role as Fiona in Shrek at the Opera House in Belfast.
The female singer also caused a fever with more than 7 million views for her song performance. Oh Holy Night, a song her grandfather asked her to record for him. And she appeared on Britain’s Got Talent.
Sophie, from Newry in Co Down, donned a golden lace evening gown and sang powerfully against the lighthouse backdrop, while the stage was lit by twinkling lights and dramatic smoke.
The song, written by Niall Mooney, is about mental health and “finding light at the end of the tunnel,” Sophie has said previously.
Sophie said: “My song means light – and no matter how dark or sad it is sometimes, you can always find the light within you.
“It’s like the light at the end of the tunnel, it’s always there, just harder to find sometimes.”
Her favorite experience in Yerevan is the opening ceremony in Republic Square.
“Oh my, I really don’t know what to say at the time, the fireworks… it’s amazing, I love it. I love Yerevan very much.”
Sophie told the BBC Good morning show before the show that her performance would be “magical”.
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Mooney previously wrote Niamh Kavanagh’s It is for you, as well as many other Junior Eurovision entries.
Authorized editor for TG4, Laura Ní Cheallaigh, said: “I would like to congratulate Sophie Lennon on the incredible achievement, finishing fourth in the Eurovision Children’s Song Contest 2022.
“This is Ireland’s best performance to date in the Eurovision Song Contest for Children and we are proud to be the competition’s broadcast partner each year on TG4.”
Broadcast live on TG4 and worldwide on TG4 Player, Sophie’s performance allowed millions of viewers across Europe to watch a song performed in Irish.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/music-news/irelands-sophie-lennon-13-lands-fourth-spot-in-junior-eurovision-42212229.html Sophie Lennon of Ireland (13) takes fourth place in Junior Eurovision