[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]A talented Dublin teenager will represent Ireland at the Junior Eurovision finals in Minsk, Belarus this weekend performing a song he co-wrote for the competition.
Taylor Hynes (14) has been singing and dancing since he learned to walk and is the first boy – and first wildcard entry – to fly the flag for Ireland at the contest.
The Clonee lad regularly plays the lead in the musicals staged at his school, Scoil Pobail Setanta in Ongar, and is a member of Coolmine panto group, but this is by far his biggest gig, to date.
Taylor told Dublin Gazette: “It all just feels so surreal. This is something I’ve wanted for three years and I’ve been working towards and I’m so excited that I get to go and represent Ireland.
“I love performing on stage. Once I get up there I always have so much fun and I just can’t wait to perform on such a big stage.”
Taylor, who is a big Sam Smith fan, said he got “great advice” from former Eurovision entries Niamh Kavanagh and Ryan O’Shaughnessy, who feature in his video for the song, IOU.
He added: “My song is about that I owe so much of my happiness to my friends and family for all the love and support they’ve given me.”
Dad Dominic (47), who works at the local Texaco garage, flew out with him and they will be joined by his mum Suzanne, granny Jean, twin Alex and little sister Ellie (8) before Sunday night’s live final.
Dominic told Dublin Gazette: “He entered in 2016 and got as far as the live shows, but last year he had laryngitis. Since he was small he’s been into singing, dancing, panto … it’s all he’s dreamed of doing. He’s over the moon, on cloud nine.”
Junior Eurovision will be broadcast on TG4 on Sunday, November 25 and voting will be open for a limited time online after the acts perform.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][/vc_row]