There will be local interest in next week’s Eurovision semi-final when Leixlip native Adele Dempsey takes to the stage to perform a dance routine with Ireland’s entry.
Singer Sarah McTernan will be channelling a “Fifties diner vibe” for her performance of the song 22 in next Thursdays semi-final.
And joining her on stage will be Adele accompanied by fellow dancer Rhianna Binns, a five-time Irish dancing champion, as they double as friends sharing gossip around a table in a diner.
Adele runs a dance school with her sister Lorna called Dance LA which the girls founded in 2008.
Dublin Gazette caught up with Adele as she prepared for next week’s big performance in Israel.
So how does she feel to be representing Ireland?
“Amazing! it’s very surreal to be honest, it all happened so quickly,” she said.
“I’m trying to take it all in, I’m so lucky and grateful to have this opportunity. It’s been very fast paced over here but I’m loving meeting all the other delegations.
“The stage is out of this world, the production is huge. It’s such an honour.”
Adele is feeling confident Ireland can record their first win in the Eurovision in 25 years.
“Yes absolutely! We are positive team and in it to win it.
“I think the song “22” and the whole theme of our act is full of colour and fun.
“Sarah Mc Ternan is an amazing singer and so much fun too. We could absolutely win for sure.”
Adele has also been feeling the love from back home.
“Dance LA is a huge part of my family, my students mean more to me than they’ll ever know,” she said.
“The students and parents have been super supportive. They are all coming together in a venue to watch us and cheer Ireland on.”
Finally, what message does she have for any budding local stars looking to follow in her footsteps.
“Oh wow, to work hard, be yourself and totally believe in yourself, you can do anything you want in life, don’t ever give up on your dreams no matter how hard life can be at times.”