With her song ‘Calon yn Curo (Heart Beating)', Erin Mai will represent Wales. This is 'Going to Gliwice', our feature counting down to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2019 on Sunday 24 November in Gliwice-Silesia, Poland.
Erin describes her song, Calon yn Curo, as one "about the moment before you step onto the stage. The stage can be anything, from the Eurovision stage to a football pitch, to stepping up to those people being nasty to you. Once you get over the nerves and build up the courage, you can achieve anything, and then share that special moment with everyone around you."
Erin Mai is 13 and comes from Llanrwst, North Wales. Erin has loved performing all her life. Before her Junior Eurovision journey, Erin began singing traditional Welsh songs before turning her talents to pop music thanks to her mentor, Tara Bethan.
One of Erin's earliest memories is performing ballet on the very stage where Wales’ live final took place. When she is not attending her local performing arts school, Pearl Shaw School of Performing Arts, Erin spends her time swimming, mountain biking, acting and dancing. Tap, jazz, modern, ballet – she loves them all!
Erin attended Wales’ national selection live final in 2018. Watching from the audience, Erin never imagined that she would be on the same stage one year later. She is now ready to do her country proud. "We have a lot of old traditions in Wales, so I'm really excited to bring our tradition of clog dancing to the Eurovision stage! It's such an old dance, but I can't wait to show Europe and the world that old traditions can be contemporary and hopefully, really cool."