Eurovision hopes banked on Molly Sterling (16)
She was compared to contemporary and classic music stars such as Taylor Swift and Kate Bush by last night's Eurosong panel.
So it hardly came as a surprise when Molly Sterling (16) from Nenagh, Co Tipperary was chosen to represent Ireland at the 60th Eurovision Song Contest in Austria with her entry 'Playing with Numbers'.
However, it was a two-horse race as the young singer and pianist edged out runner-up 'Anybody Got a Shoulder' by four points with a total of 104, on RTE's 'The Late Late Show'.
Ms Sterling, who co-wrote the song with composer Greg French, was described as a "major talent" by panel member and songwriter Phil Coulter. Fellow panel member Panti Bliss insisted "this is the song for me".
"The lyrical maturity of that song, for a 16-year-old, is astounding," she said.
Panellist and broadcaster Mairead Farrell added: "What's also great is she's young, but she's also styled young. Nobody has tried to make her look 10 years older than she is."