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Molly Sterling

Self-taught 17-year-old musician Molly Sterling is at her happiest when she’s singing and playing her piano in her County Tipperary home. Now she will represent Ireland at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Playing With Numbers. 

When she was little, she used to sing along to her dad’s Eagles, Queen and Meatloaf CDs in the car. She taught herself piano when she was 11 and when she was 12 she entered her first competition and that’s when she was bitten with the performance bug.

Molly now lives in Dublin. Her favourite artists are Stevie Nicks, Hozier, Lana Del Ray and Beyonce. She and songwriter/producer Greg French co-wrote Playing With Numbers as part of her upcoming album. The song was written about the risks people take every day in love and in life, and the experiences of taking the road less travelled.

Molly has put her heart on her sleeve and is gambling on Playing With Numbers as the song that will win the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest for Ireland.

Things you should know about Molly

Three most interesting aspects about your entry?


  1. I think the personality of the song is quite different compared to a lot of usual Eurovision entries.
  2. There isn’t too much glitz and glamour going on. Perhaps because Greg and I originally wrote Playing With Numbers for my album, the song that is that bit more personal and real.
  3. Hopefully people will connect with it.

Three most impressive facts about you?


  1. There aren’t too many to choose from! Maybe my honey obsession?! I don’t know anyone who consumes more honey than me! Five jars in a single week is my record. Maybe that’s not impressive though, maybe that’s just quite strange. Yeah, definitely just strange.
  2. I double graded in my kickboxing grade last year. Although, I haven’t boxed for about 6 months but it still counts, right? Maybe not.
  3. I have a donkey at home in Tipp who’s 50 years old. Mick the donkey. That’s pretty impressive, I guess.

Do you have a (lucky) routine before you go on stage?

I do, but I’m afraid to tell anyone in case I jinx the magic! Maybe one day I’ll spill the secret but it’s still early days and luck needs to be on our side in Vienna!

Why is the Eurovision Song Contest important for you?

Well, it goes without saying how amazing it would be to represent your country and perform at an international level. I’m learning so much throughout this whole process and the Eurovision experience, so far, has been invaluable. As well as that, I hope this will open doors for me as an artist and maybe people who watch the Eurovision Song Contest will want to listen to my other music too.

Lyrics of Playing With Numbers

Do I owe you something
I think I do
They tied our hands
But I cut through
In the arms of the potion
They found our truth
And I made a girl
Abandoned youth and

Made the mess in your vision and
See a debt to be paid
To give a little love was all that I wanted
Give a little love was all my intent and I
Was playing with the numbers and
I didn't know what it meant

Please don't remind me
I won't be your muse
Fragile misguided minds like mine
Only know how to use
Whil I played with white lies and fiction
Unbeknownst to you
I played the victim
Well that was the last time I faced you and

Made the mess in your vision and
See a debt to be paid
To give a little love was all that I wanted
Give a little love was all my intent and I
Was playing with the numbers and
I didn't know what it meant

I can watch from afar from my art on my
Own all along I was lost I was wild this is
Wrong I can't force this just watch as the surface
Surrenders it all

Made the mess in your vision and
See a debt to be paid
to give a little was all that I wanted
Give a little love was all my intent and
I was playing with the numbers and
I didn't know what it meant
Est-ce que je te dois quelque chose
Il me semble que oui
Nos mains ont été liées
Mais j’ai coupé au travers
Dans les bras de la potion
Notre vérité a été révélée
Une fille en est née
J'ai abandonné jeunesse et
J'ai semé le désordre dans ta vision et
Je vois une dette à payer
Donner un peu d’amour, c’est tout ce que je voulais
Donner un peu d’amour, seule était mon intention et
Je jouais avec les chiffres et
Je ne savais pas ce que ça voulait dire
Je t’en supplie ne me le rappelle pas
Je ne serai pas ta muse
Les esprits fragiles et égarés comme le mien
Sont manipulateurs
Quand que je jouais avec de pieux mensonges et de la fiction
A ton insu
Je jouais la victime
Mais ce fut la dernière fois que je t’ai fait face et
J'ai semé le désordre dans ta vision et
Je vois une dette à payer
Donner un peu d’amour, c’est tout ce que je voulais
Donner un peu d’amour, seule était mon intention et
Je jouais avec les chiffres et
Je ne savais pas ce que ça voulait dire
Je peux observer de loin, du haut de mon art
Toute seule, et tout au long j’étais perdue et j'étais folle
J’avais tout faux, je n'ai pas le droit d’imposer tout cela
Et regarder la profondeur se révéler
J'ai semé le désordre dans ta vision et
Je vois une dette à payer
Donner un peu d’amour, c’est tout ce que je voulais
Donner un peu d’amour, seule était mon intention et
Je jouais avec les chiffres et
Je ne savais pas ce que ça voulait dire