After 4 heats, a semi-final that saw 5 of 8 contestants eliminated, and two songs as well as two rounds of singing and jury voting, Anna Kearney emerged victorious and will compete with the orchestra-tinged ballad “Banshee”, which was revealed at the end of the show and will be officially published separately online in the coming week.
In a post-victory interview, Linda Martin, 1992 Eurovision winner and guest judge during the final, said Kearney performed the best. Martin also noted that Kearney sang in tune through her entire range. Kearney performed Martin’s winning song, “Why Me”, during the final, as well as a rendition of “Symphony” by Clean Bandit and sung by Zara Larsson.
On Instagram, she sent a direct message after her performance:
Lots of ❤️ from 🇮🇪. All of the entries are amazing and I can’t wait to share the stage with you all in November. 💕🇵🇱Anna Kearney, Instagram Direct Message
During the final, TG4 ran a segment detailing the winning song’s creation. The composers had to write a song that could be arranged to fit all three finalists. The final result to be displayed
Kearney will now join 18 fellow contestants on stage in Gliwice-Silesia, where Poland will host the 2019 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. She will be the fifth representative of Ireland at the junior stage and is vying for the country’s first win of a Eurovision-related competition since 1996, when Eimear Quinn won the adult Eurovision contest with “The Voice”.
The final can be rewatched here. The song is featured at the end of the broadcast.