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Sunday 17 February 2019

Eurovison hopeful Molly Sterling (16): 'I was trying to be cool in my leathers, but the whole thing was very emotional'

Student ready to perform in front of millions in Vienna this May

Molly Sterling performs Playing with Numbers, co-written with Greg French on the Late Late Show Eurosong special. Photo: Andres Poveda
Molly Sterling performs Playing with Numbers, co-written with Greg French on the Late Late Show Eurosong special. Photo: Andres Poveda

Claire McCormack

She was compared to pop sensation Taylor Swift by the Eurosong panel on Friday night - but Ireland's talented 16-year-old Eurovision entrant hopeful says she's more of a Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac kind of girl.

On The Late Late show, Molly Sterling from Nenagh, Co Tipperary - a self-taught pianist and singer songwriter - was selected to represent Ireland at the 60th Eurovision Song Contest in Austria with her entry Playing with Numbers.

And her favourite artist was with her throughout the spine-tingling performance that won both the public and the jury vote.

"I love Stevie Nicks, I had one of her records in my piano stool so I said to myself: 'Stevie is right there, so it will all be fine,'" Molly told the Sunday Independent.

Despite her laid-back demeanour, the talented songstress said the whole experience so far was a dream come true.

"I was so happy and nervous it made me cry. I was trying to be really cool in my leathers but the whole thing was really emotional," she said adding the support and the buzz in the room was "like nothing I could ever imagine".

She wasn't the only one battling nerves in the RTE studios. Greg French, song writer and producer who co-wrote Playing with Numbers, said he was on the edge of his seat.

"I was a nervous wreck but she was amazing. I'm so proud of her, she has an incredible ability to convey raw emotion and she'll be a wonderful ambassador for Ireland," he said.

The fifth-year student at St Andrew's in Booterstown, Dublin 18, said she feels ready to perform in front of millions in Vienna this May.

"A lot of people are talking about my age - but to me it just feels like I have been doing this for ages. I feel like I'm in the right hands with Greg and the team and now is the right time. Why should I miss an opportunity just because of my age?" she asked.

Meanwhile back home in Tipperary banners are going up all along the roads in support of their local starlet. And her supportive family - parents Rachel and Andrew and siblings Sam and Natasha - will be by her side at the Austrian Eurovision event.

"I'm doing everything I've always wanted, the whole purpose of this was to just go and enjoy it but there is no greater honour than representing your country," said Molly, who plans to dress "comfortably" for her big performance.

Ireland will compete in the second semi-final of this year's Eurovision on Saturday, May 23.

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