William: Molly Sterling doesn’t need a wind machine or a sea of pyrotechnics: She has a voice, a piano, and a song that finds power in its subtlety. Her first rehearsal at Eurovision 2015 had the press corps clapping and gave me some major tingles. As at the Irish national selection she sits on a piano singing with soul well beyond her years. But rather than coming off as a teenager at a piano bar, she’s now the goddess of a glorious LED forest. It’s bathed in a golden light and Molly, wearing black leather and lace, is its queen. Perhaps our readers — who have this down as a favourite to win the first semi final — aren’t so crazy after all. In this case less really is more!
Ireland’s first rehearsal at Eurovision 2015
Padraig: I must say, I’m pleasantly surprised. For once Ireland have resisted the urge to smother their act in unnecessary extras – no wild LED screens, no crazy dancers, and no screechy backing vocalists. Pure and simple. The background depicts a serene forest scene, and is amongst the best visuals we’ve seen thus far. Molly’s vocals are also spot on, although her nerves were on show. They lessened as the song progressed, and were almost non-existent in subsequent run-throughs. It’s not quiet there yet in terms of wow-factor, but with a few more tweaks this could be awesome.
Chris: One of a very few acts to have received applause from the press centre after every run-through, Molly has really thrown a curveball for all those people who thought she was doomed not to qualify. Perhaps that was more because she seemed to grow in confidence and hit her camera marks as each rehearsal went on than the actual performance. Still, Molly’s voice was in fine form and I think that by stripping back the staging and relying on that stunning visual, Ireland have done themselves proud.
Molly Sterling: Reviews and Reactions
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Photo: Elena Volotova (EBU)