Dana Rosemary Scallon, the first Irish singer to win the Eurovision Song Contest, has thrown her hat into the race to become Ireland’s next president.
Scallon, who won the 1970 contest with “All Kinds of Everything,” made the announcement on Sep. 19 at a press conference in Dublin. Media present at the event suggested she was entering the race too late—seven hopefuls have already declared their interest. And they questioned whether she has a legitimate chance at making the ballot. In order to stand, she needs to secure the backing of 20 members of parliament. “We still have a good number of Independents who are not committed,” she said, refusing to specify precisely how many MPs have offered her support.
Scallon, a social conservative, served as a Member of the European Parliament for Connacht-Ulster between 1999 and 2004. She finished third in the 1997 presidential election.