'I'm as ready now as I would be at 30' - age not a factor for Eurosong's Molly Sterling (16)
Age is only a number for 16-year-old Eurovision hopeful Molly Sterling, who says she is ready to claim the prize back for Ireland.
She will be one of the youngest contestants in this year's competition in Vienna, but the talented schoolgirl isn't fazed at the prospect of competing against more experienced performers.
"My age isn't really important, I'm as ready now as I would be at 30," the St Andrew's College Booterstown student told the Herald.
"I would still be just as exciting and nervous if I were older - age doesn't matter."
Molly will perform Playing With Numbers, which she co-wrote with Greg French, having been selected to represent Ireland on the Late Late Show on Friday night.
When asked if she thought she had much of a chance, she said the result will be down to the quality of the song.
"At the end of the day it's a song contest. Big massive performances are great, and I have great respect for the people who can deliver them.
"But with me it's just myself and the piano. I think the song will shine through."
Molly said she was given the "best of advice" from previous entrants after her song was chosen.
"At least 20 people came up to me and said, 'Listen Molly, this is the best piece of advice you will get' and I was like, 'Ya, okay'," she said.
"You can listen to advice, and it was all good, but I don't take anything as gospel. You have to experience things for yourself."
Molly said the best guidance came from 1993 Eurovision winner Niamh Kavanagh.
"She told me it doesn't define you as an artist. Tt's important to remember it's not all I will ever be," she said.