Molly's gorgeous and quirky ... she'll do well in the Eurovision, says Marty Whelan
Eurovision hopeful Molly Sterling was all smiles yesterday as she jetted to Vienna ahead of this year's contest.
The young singer (17) waved farewell as she and her band left for the Austrian capital to prepare for next week's competition, and it seems the Tipperary teen has a big fan in one particular Eurovision veteran - Marty Whelan.
Commentator Marty has said he thinks Molly is definitely in the running to claim the Ireland's first title since 1996.
Eurovision hopeful Molly Sterling
"I think we could do well this year," he told the Herald. "Molly's very good - she's a little bit quirky and she's so young and has a great voice."
The secondary school student was chosen by a public vote to represent Ireland in the 60th year of the extravagant competition with her song Playing With Numbers.
Despite the Nenagh schoolgirl's young age, Marty told the Herald that she's a "proper act" unlike some other entries.
"The song is really great this year and it's a proper act. A lot of countries just send anything over these days and we haven't gone down that road.
"She's gorgeous and even though she's so young - she's the youngest we've ever sent - she comes across as a very clever and very together person, so I think she'll be fine."
The Lyric FM presenter and game show host added that he is fed up with the negative attitude in Ireland towards competing in the competition.
"No, I'd never say that we wouldn't win again ever," he said at Ouzo's Make-A-Wish fundraiser. "You have to stay an optimist at all times and can't say things like that."