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  • Northside West

Taylor’s Euro dream

Friday, 23rd November, 2018 8:00am
Taylor’s Euro dream

Taylor Hynes will be up against 19 other performers at Junior Eurovision.

Taylor’s Euro dream

Taylor Hynes will be up against 19 other performers at Junior Eurovision.

A TALENTED teenager from Clonee will be flying the flag for Ireland this Sunday at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Belarus.

Taylor Hynes will be performing Irish language song IOU in front of an estimated audience of 20 million across Europe after successfully coming through the Irish selection process on TG4. 

The Junior Eurovision Song Contest began in 2003 and Ireland has had enjoyed great success since first taking part in 2015 when Aimee Banks sent shivers down everyone’s spine in Bulgaria with her beautiful Irish language operatic song, Réalta Mara.

In 2016 Zena Donnelly won the contest and almost blew the roof off the stadium in Malta with her song Bric ar Bríce while Muireann McDonnell also won the following year after putting everyone in Georgia under a spell with her voice and super song, Súile Glasa

Taylor has the distinction of being the first boy to represent Ireland at Junior Eurovision and his path to the Belarus capital of Minsk next Sunday has been full of drama.

He first attempted to represent Ireland at the 2016 contest but failed to reach the final. He then went on to compete again the year after, but fell ill with laryngitis.

This year the 14-year-old failed to make it through his semi final aired on November 4 but was selected as a wild card for the final and blew the audience away with his performance of IOU.

The song was co-written by Jonas Gladnikoff and Niall Mooney and is an upbeat pop song about the love he has for family and friends and how much he appreciates all the support and love given to him.

IOU’s official video features Taylor with former Eurovision winner Niamh Kavanagh and 2018 Irish entrant Ryan O’Shaughnessy.

Taylor, who lives in Clonee with parents Dominic and Suzanne, twin brother Alex and little sister Ellie, will be joined on stage in Minsk by FKFT dance troop performers, Abo Obhakhan and Daphney Ndjatang.

He’s now in his third year at secondary school in Scoil Pobail Setanta in Ongar and is a member of local drama society Stagezone who will join Coolmine Panto Group in a performance of The Wizard of Oz over Christmas. Twenty nations will be competing in this year’s Junior Eurovision.

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