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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Graham and Conchita party as Molly prepares for contest

Eurovision

Chat show host Graham Norton has been catching up with 2014 Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst as he prepares for this year's final next Saturday .

The broadcaster (52) flew to Vienna to cover the international song competition for the BBC.

Before the extravagant annual contest kicks off later this week, the Cork native took some time out over the weekend to attend the Life Ball in the Austrian capital.

Graham, who was dressed as Greek mythological figure King Midas, also spoke at the annual fundraising extravaganza on Saturday night, which raises money for AIDS and HIV research.

Performing

After meeting drag queen singer Conchita, who was performing at the event, Graham shared a selfie of himself and the singer backstage on Instagram and wrote, "Goodnight Vienna! @conchitawurst @lifeball".

Irish singer Molly Sterling has also been enjoying her time in Vienna ahead of her performance in Thursday's semi final.

The 17-year-old schoolgirl was joined by a friend as she went sightseeing around the European city, including a visit to a funfair, followed by the Irish Embassy.

She posted on Instagram, "Messin round in the Irish Embassy in Vienna . . . as you do."

Before she left for the competition, the Tipperary native told the Herald that she's confident in her ability to put on a winning performance, despite her young age.

"I'm not scared but when people kept asking me, it made me feel more worried about it," she said.

"A lot of people are talking about my age - but to me it just feels like I have been doing this for ages," she added.

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