Wednesday 26 October 2016

Viewers prefer Angela's best bits to Molly's ballad


Molly Sterling
Molly Sterling

Angela Scanlon's Eurovision documentary, The Good, the Mad and the Bad had a greater audience than Thursday's song contest semi-final in which Ireland failed to make tonight's final.

Angela's hilarious show looked back at 50 years of Irish participation in the contest, including all our top stars, from Linda Martin to Johnny Logan.

The documentary had 351,000 viewers while 346,000 people tuned in to see if Molly Sterling would make it into tonight's final.

Unfortunately, Molly didn't make the cut, saying the contest "is a bit of a lottery".

The 17-year-old gave an on-point performance of her ballad, Playing With Numbers which she co-wrote with Greg French.

However, it wasn't enough to impress her European neighbours or this year's wildcard, Australia.

"I've had the time of my life. To be in the final would have been a bonus but the Eurovision is a bit of a lottery so you just never know how it's going to go," she said.


"Representing my country has been a privilege and I hope I did everyone proud.

"I have had to pinch myself every day that I've been part of something so amazing.

"It will probably only really hit me when I get home. I want to thank everyone over here and at home for their support.

"I've made new friends who are like my second family," she continued.

"Being up on that huge stage with those cameras and lights, in front of so many people, has been an incredible experience for me professionally.

"There's been so many highlights this week besides the show - performing at the Vienna State Opera is one I will never forget.

"Myself and Greg are going to focus now on working on the album, which will be coming out in the autumn," she added.

RTE's Marty Whelan said Molly has a long career in front of her. "Molly's performance was marvellous. She is mature beyond her years.

"It's disappointing for her, but she'll rise like a phoenix and carry on," he said.

The Eurovision final airs tonight on RTE One at 8pm.

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