Sophie Lennon: talented schoolgirl ready for West End show and Eurovision junior final
A Co Down schoolgirl is set to become a star after making the final of the Junior Eurovision Ireland Song Contest and landing a role in a West End show.
Sophie Lennon, 11, from Mayobridge, will face off against a teenage girl from Cork later this month for the chance to represent Ireland at Eurovision Junior.
The Eurovision Song Contest for Junior will take place in France in December, with 19 countries vying for the top prize.
Sophie was the youngest competitor in the 32 finals of the Irish rounds, facing an estimated 5,500 other competitors from across the country.
The talented youngster was also recently featured on the West End Children of Eden show, starring Ruthie Henshall and Alice Fearn. She was chosen from thousands of auditions and is currently in London, where she will take the stage this weekend.
And it doesn’t end there as Sophie, a registered young caregiver who helps her parents care for her disabled brother Connor, is also filming a big new ITV series, which will air across the UK next year. .
It has been a whirlwind of several months for the student of the Sacré-Coeur high school, but she takes everything in her stride.
Mum Theresa said: “Last Christmas Sophie posted a video of her singing O Holy Night online and it went viral, reaching over seven million views, so we decided to enter her for Junior Eurovision Ireland. Song Contest.
“She was against around 5,500 other competitors and qualified for the last 32, doing the heats live on RTE.
“Sophie won her race with the best marks ever given in the history of the competition, 30 out of 30. This qualified her for the semi-finals, which she won, despite being the youngest ever. of all the competitors.
“She will now be in the grand final on October 17th and is feeling pretty confident. I’d say she’s more excited than nervous. She loves to sing and gets such a buzz about it.
Sophie also secured a place on the “elite team” of a London-based musical theater company, Stage Box, which provides her with training in all aspects of stage work. Thanks to the elite team, she managed to land an audition for the West End musical Children of Eden, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year and is based on the Book of Genesis. Sophie plays one of the children and has a singing solo piece in the show. Her training and rehearsals take place during holidays and weekends, which allows her to continue her schoolwork. And she was able to fit in with the filming of ITV’s new show, although she is not allowed to reveal any details about it.
Theresa said: “My family is very musical and that’s where Sophie got it from.
“Both of my parents were in a band and toured with Daniel O’Donnell and Philomena Begley. My brother and my nephew are also musicians.
“Sophie is really a little all-rounder but she’s also very kind and helps take care of her disabled brother Connor.
“We’re all very excited to see what she’ll do next.”
Sophie, who attends Fiona Flynn Performing Arts in Newry, added, “I love singing, but I also really enjoy performing, so I would love to do both when I’m older.
“I really admire singer Ariana Grande but also my nanny and my grandfather who were both part of a band. I heard them sing and they are very good. I’m not at all nervous about the Eurovision Ireland Junior Final or the Children of Eden. I’m just super excited. It is a dream come true.
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