Lisbon could soon be calling for Clare singer, Sarah McTernan, who is in line to represent San Marino in next year’s Eurovision Song Contest.
Sarah, who came to public attention when she reached the grand final of The Voice of Ireland in 2015, is one of the favourites to win a public vote to represent the tiny Mediterranean state.
Unlike most Eurovision selection processes, people from outside of San Marino can vote to choose which song represents the micro-state in the Eurovision.
Sarah has entered the competition with a song called Eye of the Storm, written by Eurovision veterans Ylva and Linda Perssons.
“Linda and Ylva contacted me a few years ago and gave me a song to record for the Irish Eurovision that year, which didn’t make it,” Sarah told The Clare People yesterday.
“So that song has now been put forward to represent San Marino next year. A range of artists have put themselves forward for an online vote in San Marino.
“I’m not sure what position I’m in at the moment but I do know that I am one of the leaders in the online vote.
“The people in San Marino have opened up the competition to everyone so there is people from all over the world entering.
Despite having aspirations to represent Ireland in the competition, Sarah says she would be delighted to sing for San Marino in Portugal next year if selected.
“Obviously you want to represent your own country but this is a massive opportunity, it would be amazing to be part of the Eurovision,” said the Scariff singer.
“If I am given the opportunity I will take it.
“It’s an amazing opportunity.”
People can vote for Sarah through any of her social media sites including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by searching for ‘Sarah McTernan’. The voting will close at the end of this month.
The artists with the highest votes will then travel to San Marino to battle it out for a chance to represent the country and its 33,000 people in Portugal this year.
To vote for Sarah, click here and vote by selecting heart icon