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This teen from Tipperary will represent us in the Eurovision this year

Her song, Playing with Numbers, went down well last night.

THIS TEEN FROM Tipperary topped the scoreboard at The Late Late Show’s Eurosong last night and will go on to represent Ireland in this year’s Eurovision song contest.

16-year-old Molly Sterling was selected after a combination of panel and public phone votes. Her song, Playing with Numbers, was co-written by Greg French. Here’s her performance last night:

Source: The Late Late Show/YouTube

Molly, who is in 4th year at St Andrew’s in Booterstown, Dublin 18, said the song is about the risks people take every day in love and in life, and the experiences of taking the road less travelled.

“I can’t believe that it happened, it’s amazing. I just want to make everyone proud and Greg has worked so hard on this,” the teen said after her win. “I just love performing and I can now do it in an international scale – it’s mind-blowing. I don’t think my school will mind that I haven’t handed in my assignment. They’re all so supportive and they know this is what I’ve wanted to do since I was in nappies!”

The panel of judges last night was comprised of Linda Martin, drag queen Panti Bliss, Phil Coulter, and Today FM’s Mairead Farrell. Panti said she thought the song’s “lyrical maturity is astonishing”, adding that the 16-year-old has a great future ahead of her. Phil Coulter also likened Molly to Kate Bush calling her a ‘major talent’.

But what do the Irish public make of Molly and her song? Most seem cautiously optimistic…

Though not everyone is so sure:

So, what do you think of our Eurovision song this year? Could we be on to a winner?

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