Europe needs Wales… to choose a Junior Eurovision star!

Connie Fisher, Lloyd Macey and Tara Bethan​​

23 September 2019

Brexit matters have gone far beyond the hands of the people. But, there's one European vote that's still in the people's interest… the vote to choose a star to represent Wales in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest!

The time has come for Wales to make its decision, and the fateful vote will be held Tuesday, 24 September, as part of S4C's Chwilio am Seren Junior Eurovision final, that will broadcast live from Venue Cymru, Llandudno on S4C at 8.00pm.

Out of the hundreds of applicants, six acts have reached the talent show's final. The three mentors, Connie Fisher, Tara Bethan and Lloyd Macey faced the challenge of choosing the final six, but the time has now come for the nation to decide.

Through means of a public vote and five panels across Wales and London, a winner will be chosen on the night to fly over to Gliwice, Poland, in November to represent Wales on the Junior Eurovision stage, performing in front of millions across Europe.

Manw Lili from Rhostryfan won her place to represent Wales last year in Minsk, Belarus, performing Perta by Yws Gwynedd on the European stage. This year, the song that has been specially created for the competition has been composed by former Eurovision competition performers, Sylvia Strand and John Gregory, who live in the Rhondda Valley. The song is called Calon yn Curo (Heart Beating), and the lyrics are written by rapper and composer Ed Holden.

Having been in the shoes of the contestants competing on ITV's famous talent show, The X Factor, what advice does mentor Lloyd Macey have to share with the six finalists?

Lloyd Macey's six tips for the six finalists

1 – Every time you perform, remember that you have done the same performance in the past. Imagine yourself after the performance with your family, mentors and audience smiling because your performance has gone great.

2 – Remember to warm up your voice before any performance.

3 – Enjoy every moment on stage and remember that you have previously performed the song several times in rehearsals.

4 – Make sure that you get enough rest and drink lots of water.

5 – Show the audience that you're enjoying yourself on stage and remember not to close your eyes during the performance.

6 – Go for it on the 24th, and good luck to you all! You are the last six! Whatever happens, you should be very proud of yourselves.

Who will win over the audience on the big night of the final? Tune in Tuesday night, 24 September on S4C!
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