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[2019] Anna Kearney: „A Banshee is a figure from Irish mythology…”

The Junior Eurovision Song Contest will take place in one month from today! It is a perfect moment to present you our third interview made with yount contestants who we will see in Gliwice this year.

Yesterday – the premiere of an offical video of the song Banshee, today – the premiere of our exclusive interview… Meet closer the representative of Ireland – Anna Kearney!

Tell us something more about your participation in Junior Eurovision Éire. How do you remember it? Why did you decide to take part in it this year? 

It was one of the best things that I have ever experienced. I loved preparing for the songs and being on stage in front of the audience. I loved the atmosphere and getting to perform on National television. I chose to take part this year because I have been watching the Junior Eurovision contest for the last few years and this year I thought I was ready and had the time to do it.

Did you choose the songs you sang in Junior Eurovision Éire by yourself („Symphony”, „This Is Me”, „Why Me”)? Which one of them is your favourite? 

No, I didn’t get to choose the songs I sang, but I absolutely loved them, and I know that I would have chosen these same songs if I had the chance to choose them. My favourite song was Why Me by Linda Martin. It is my favourite Eurovision classic.

Tell us something more about your Eurovision song. What is it about, what’s the message of this song?

I’m singing the song Banshee. A Banshee is a figure from Irish mythology. She is a ghost who warns of bad things that might happen. The song is about over-coming our own fears with the help of those who love us and our own courage.

What the possibility of representing your country in Junior Eurovision Song Contest means to you? What would you like to achieve in the contest?

Representing Ireland means everything to me. It is such a huge honour and I really want to make Ireland proud and do the best that I can do.

How long you’ve been interested in the Eurovision Song Contest and the Junior Eurovision Song Contest? Do you watch them every year?

I have been interested in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest and Eurovision Song Contest for a long time. I watch both Eurovisions every year and I sit down with my family and we do up our own points for every singer. We have so much fun seeing if our points match the jury’s.

Do you have an idea for your dream staging and costume for Junior Eurovision Song Contest? I saw on your Instagram account a photo of the shining boots 😉 

The minute I heard my song I immediately knew what I wanted it to look like. I see myself coming down from the roof, being lowered down onto the stage in a massive big costume even with lights on it! I love sparkles and big and dramatic outfits. I hope that I get to wear my sparkly boots or something similar on stage. They are my lucky boots!

This year’s slogan of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest it’s: Share the Joy. What this slogan means to you? And what brings you the joy in life?

Share he Joy to me means, sharing the joy of my song with all the other contestants and countries and making lots of new friends. In my life my joy comes from my family, my friends and especially singing!

What do you dream about? Who would you like to be in the future? 

I dream of being like Ariana Grande and I even have my own stage name picked – Anna Venti!! 🙂

Do you come from the artistic family? Your mother also took part in the Eurovision Song Contest few years ago with Riverdance.

My mum performed at the Eurovision Song Contest as one of the Riverdance dancers in 1994. She then went on to become the lead dancer in Riverdance. She performed all over the world and also got to dance on Broadway. I hope to follow her footsteps and get to sing to people all over the world. 

In September you made a cover of the song Rise Like A Phoenix by Conchita Wurst – the Austrian Eurovision entry from 2014. Tell us something more about it. Why did you decided to sing this song and publish it on your Instagram account as your first post? 

I chose to sing this song because I felt the emotion that Conchita was trying to convey. There are certain songs that stick out in my head and that was one of them. I thought that the way that he performed the song was powerful and his image was so different and unique. As a singer it is one of my favourite songs.

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Rise like a Phoenix – Conchita

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Tell us something about your musical adventure. I know you were singing on Broadway and at the National Concert Hall in Ireland.

At Christmas last year, I got the chance to perform in Radio City Music Hall in New York during the Rockettes Christmas Spectacular Show. It was a dream come true and I remember every second of it. I also got to play the role of Annie in the National Concert Hall in Dublin at Christmas time and that was amazing.

How do you define yourself musically, which music genre is the closest to you and what kind of songs do you want to create in the future? Do you wanna make the music in English or Irish language? 

My favourite genre of music would be musical theatre and pop music. In the future I would love to write my own pop songs. I think it would be magical if I could write Irish and English songs. It would be lovely sharing songs sung in Irish with people all over the world because Irish is a beautiful language. 

What’s your musical inspiration? 

My musical inspiration in the pop world is Ariana Grande. I also love Andrea Bocelli who I got to meet when he performed in Dublin last year. I really hope that I will get the chance to perform for people at big concerts like they do.