It's Erin Mai for Wales!25 September 2019 at 09:59 CEST
After a 4-part series, including nationwide auditions, a masterclass round at S4C's headquarters in Carmarthen and a semi-final jury performance and live final, Erin Mai was declared the winner of Chwilio am Seren. Erin performed Nos da Susanna by Welsh band Chroma in the live final, before performing her version of Wales’ Junior Eurovision entry song, Calon yn Curo (Heart Beating). By way of public vote and five jury panels across Wales and London, Erin was chosen to represent Wales Gliwice-Silesia, Poland, in November.
Earlier this week, S4C announced that the Welsh representative would sing the song Calon yn Curo (Heart Beating), composed by Sylvia Strand and John Gregory. John represented Cyprus at the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest as part of the group Jon Lilygreen & The Islanders. Welsh composer and rapper Ed Holden wrote the lyrics for the song, one about conquering your fears and owning your moment on stage.
About Erin Mai
Erin Mai is 13 and hails 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. "I never in a million years imagined that I would win Chwilio am Seren! Everyone who competed tonight on the stage have been amazing. Thanks to everyone for all the support, to Tara and to everyone in Llanrwst! I can’t wait to represent Wales in Poland."
Wales at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
Wales made their debut at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Minsk, Belarus. Last year, Manw won the national final on 9 October 2018 and represented Wales with her song Perta, written by Ywain Gwynedd. Welsh broadcaster S4C is responsible for organising both their first and second entry for the Contest.