Sunday 19 November 2017

Eurovision hopefuls battle it out on Late Late Show as Linda Martin and Billy McGuinness avoid round two...

Ryan Tubridy pictured with Eurovision hopefuls, from left, Kat Mahon , Nikki Kavanagh, Erika Selin and Molly Sterling on the set of the Late Late Show. Photo: Collins
Ryan Tubridy pictured with Eurovision hopefuls, from left, Kat Mahon , Nikki Kavanagh, Erika Selin and Molly Sterling on the set of the Late Late Show. Photo: Collins
Ryan Tubridy pictured with Eurovision hopeful, Kat Mahon on the set of the Late Late Show this afternoon where he met four of the five acts competeing to represent Ireland in this year's Eurovision
Ryan Tubridy pictured with Eurovision hopefuls, from left, Kat Mahon , Nikki Kavanagh, Erika Selin and Molly Sterling on the set of the Late Late Show. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Ryan Tubridy pictured taking a 'selfie' with a selfie pole with Eurovision hopefuls, from left, Kat Mahon ,Molly Sterling, Nikki Kavanagh, and Erika Selin on the set of the Late Late Show this afternoon where he met four of the five acts competeing to represent Ireland in this year's Eurovision
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Having lost out to dynamic duo Jedward in 2011, Eurovision hopeful Nikki Kavanagh is determined to make it all the way to Vienna for the 60th Eurovision Song Contest.

"I had to come back. You just can't be remembered as the person who lost out to Jedward," Nikki said.

"No, no. This is my final shot to be in the Eurovision. It would be a dream come true to get there and I will give it my all."

Nikki will perform Memories and go up against Alex Saint, Kat Mahon, Erik Selin and Molly Sterling.

Longford native Kat Mahon is currently competing in The Voice of Ireland and is confident her song Anybody Got A Shoulder? is the perfect Eurovision material.

At 16, schoolgirl Molly Sterling is the youngest contestant. "My song is called Playing with Numbers and I am nervous and excited to sing," she said. Swedish singer Erika Selin will perform Break Me Up while Alex Saint will sing She's So Fine.

Each performance will be assessed by a team of dedicated Eurovision experts including drag queen Panti Bliss, Eurovision mega fan Mairead Farrell, Linda Martin and Phil Coulter.

Unfortunately, Aslan's Billy McGuinness and Linda Martin will not be reunited on screen.

The pair famously got embroiled in a heated spat live on air last year with Martin describing McGuinness as "an odious little man".

Host Ryan Tubridy had hoped the pair would return this year to perform a version of 1976 hit Don't Go Breaking My Heart but unfortunately Billy had a prior engagement.

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