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Molly Sterling: ‘I wasn’t a Eurovision fan before, but I am now’

Published 21/05/2015 | 09:19

Molly Sterling who will represent Ireland at the Eurovision 2015 in Vienna. Picture; GERRY MOONEY
Molly Sterling who will represent Ireland at the Eurovision 2015 in Vienna. Picture; GERRY MOONEY

Ireland’s hopeful for the Eurovision crown, Molly Sterling, admitted she wasn't the biggest Eurovision Song Contest fan in the past.

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Speaking from Vienna, Molly told RTE Morning Ireland’s Rachael English that she is bursting with energy and ready to take to the stage tonight.

Molly Sterling with Marty Whelan and Niamh Kavanagh in Vienna. Photo: Lisi Niesner
Molly Sterling with Marty Whelan and Niamh Kavanagh in Vienna. Photo: Lisi Niesner

“We’ll have a first rehearsal in afternoon, then there’s a lot of waiting around, then there’ll be more checks before the actual show in the evening,” Molly revealed.

Molly will perform second this evening, meaning she can relax afterwards.

Molly Sterling of Ireland performs on stage during the 'Pop meets Opera' Matinee at the Vienna State Opera in Vienna, May 17, 2015.
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Molly Sterling of Ireland performs on stage during the 'Pop meets Opera' Matinee at the Vienna State Opera in Vienna, May 17, 2015. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY ON PURPOSE OF CURRENT REPORTING ON THE EVENT. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.

“We can just chill afterwards. It’s lovely to sit there without being stressed,” the Tipperary native added.

Some naysayers dismissed Molly’s song ‘Playing With Numbers’ as it wasn’t as upbeat as usual entries. But, chirpy Molly is full of optimism.

“They seem to really like it,” she said about the song which she co-wrote. “At the start people said it's not a Eurovision song but I think that’s subsided now.”

“I’m still in shock that I’m here. When you're watching something from the outside and then you are here. It’s crazy,” an audibly incredulous Molly said.

Molly Sterling checks out the view from a box at the Vienna State Opera
Molly Sterling checks out the view from a box at the Vienna State Opera

At the tender age of 17, Molly wasn’t even born when Ireland last won the contest in 1996 and we have notably won claimed the top prize more than any other nation in Europe. Yet Molly says she is trying not to let the pressure get to her.

“I don’t feel any pressure at all .. obviously it’d be great to win it, but our objective is to go and do a great performance, enjoy it, and if we win, that’s a bonus,” she said.

Irish Eurovision hopeful Molly Sterling (17) launched The Great Bear Chain
Irish Eurovision hopeful Molly Sterling (17) launched The Great Bear Chain

“It’s an amazing stage. it’s opened countless doors. The team have been so amazing, I wouldn't be able to get up without them at the side of the stage saying ‘Molly it’s grand,’” the blonde beauty laughed.

“I’ve gotten a taste of what it’d be like as a career- it’s unbelievable.”

Molly added that while she wasn’t the most passionate Eurovision fan in the past, her experience representing her native country has certainly changed that.

“I wouldn't really tune into it - but I will now. In the past there was some of the old Irish entries I’d heard on the radio but they were the only ones I knew.”

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