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Nul points: Ireland has 'no chance' of winning Eurovision this year – Linda Martin

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Kasey Smith has been warned that she has no chance of winning the Eurovision this year.

Former winner Linda Martin admitted that Ireland’s┬ábest chance is scraping through to the final when we perform in the semi-final on Thursday.

She said: “I am going to be very optimistic that we get out of the semi-final. Unfortunately the way things are there has been no speculation [of an Irish win].”

However Linda – who said winning in 1992 was the “best thing that ever happened” to her – claimed that if we don’t win it’s because the song, Heartbeat, isn’t good enough.

She said: “I do believe the best song usually comes to the top. Usually the good song will win and then there are squabbles after that for political voting.”

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Lost heart: Linda Martin with last year’s Eurovision hopeful Ryan Dolan

And Linda told The Waiting Room that she lost a lot of belief in the Eurovision last year after Ryan Dolan came last.

She added: “When Ryan Dolan came at the bottom last year, when I consider the production that went into that song was second to none, I sort of lost heart.

“As I thought it was a really good act and a spectacular production.”