Monday 20 May 2019

'Hardcore Eurovision fans are saying you can't have a depressing song for Eurovision' - Irish hopeful Molly Sterling

Molly Sterling
Molly Sterling
Molly Sterling with Marty Whelan and Niamh Kavanagh in Vienna
Molly Sterling with tenor Juan Diego Florez and RTÉ’s Marty Whelan
Molly Sterling checks out the view from a box at the Vienna State Opera
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Irish Eurovision hopeful Molly Sterling has encountered some hardcore contest fans in Vienna who are questioning Ireland's choice of song.

Speaking on Newstalk's Lunchtime, Molly revealed she had some slightly negative feedback regarding Playing With Numbers.

"Hardcore Eurovision fans are saying to me you can't have a depressing song for Eurovision, but it's a song contest and anything goes," she said.

However, the 17 year old singer is unfazed by opinions, "It's so unpredictable.  It's a lottery.  We're going in to enjoy it. 

"There's no point in being competitive at this stage or listening to other people's opinions."

Molly also spoke about her experience of Eurovision in the days running up to her Thursday night semi-final performance.

"The people that are so into it, it's their thing and you're coming into it.  They can like you or not like you.  It's weird," she said.

However, she added, "But they have been so good to me.  I've been getting flowers and cards and everything.  I'm looking for someone to be mean.  I'm like, 'Come on!'."

Molly is gearing up for today's dress rehearsal and run through.  It's the performance on which the jury vote so the pressure is on.

However, she spent the day winding down at Prater, an amusement park in Vienna where she met up with the Latvian and Lithuanian acts.  And later she will meet up with Australia's representative Guy Sebastian.

Speaking at rehearsals earlier today, she said, "When I’m sitting there I can’t see much of what’s going on in the room because of the big lights but the band give me a big thumbs up and say ‘you’re grand Molly!’"

She added, "It feels like a family. Everyone’s looking after me but not in a condescending way – they don’t treat me like a little kid.  I was bricking it before the show in the opera house at the weekend but at the moment I’m not feeling too nervous. I just go into my own zone.

"Any nerves I have are good nerves – just butterflies."

Molly gets a few tips from Eurovision legend Niamh 

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