Tuesday, June 25, 2024


A MAYOBRIDGE schoolgirl is in the throes of rehearsals as she prepares to represent Ireland at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest this weekend. Sophie Lennon flew to Armenia at the weekend with her mum Theresa ahead of the show, which will be broadcast live on TG4 at 3pm this Sunday.

Sixteen countries are competing in this mega event, and Sophie will perform ‘Solas’, which was written by Niall Mooney, who also wrote Niamh Kavanagh’s ‘It’s for You’ as well as numerous other Junior Eurovision entries. The talented 13-year-old, who has previously performed on Britain’s Got Talent as well as in numerous other West End shows, is also this year’s BBC School Soloist of the Year winner.  She is the youngest ever to be nominated for two AIMS awards for her performance as Fiona in ‘Shrek the Musical’, at Belfast’s Grand Opera House. She also went viral with over seven million online views for her performance of O Holy Night, a song her grandad asked her to record for him two years ago; signalling, by chance, the start of what would become her meteoric rise to fame. She has also been signed by a London-based talent company.

With the countdown well and truly on for Sunday’s extravaganza, which is being staged in Yerevan, Sophie’s legion of fans will be willing her on to Eurovision success. Sophie is currently in Armenia rehearsing for Sunday’s final and is looking forward to seeing her dad and other family members arrive to show their support on the big night. No stranger to success, Sophie made it as far as third place in last year’s competition to select Ireland’s Junior Eurovision entry and was thrilled when she was selected. Her rightly proud parents, Marcus and Theresa, are thrilled with their daughter’s success; but Sophie continues to keep her feet firmly planted on the ground and is a registered carer for her big brother. Speaking before they flew off, Theresa told the Mourne Observer “it’s full steam ahead now, with a week full of rehearsals and TV interviews.”

Thanking everyone for their support, the local mum encouraged people to vote for Sophie online and here’s how it works – no matter where in the world you are, from this Friday (9 December) you can vote via www.jesc.tv where you will find a preview of all the performances.  And for those of you who haven’t heard the Mayobridge singing sensation’s Junior Eurovision entry, log onto www.youtube.com/watch?v =QsnhNdCuwhI to see the ‘Solas’ video and hear Sophie in all her glory.

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