Ahead of Ryan Dolan's performance for Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest Semi-Final in Malmo, Sweden on Tuesday May 14, Mr Lordi of former winners Lordi has said he thinks anyone can win the competition.

Having performed on The Late Late Show when Ireland chose Dolan's Only Love Survives for the Eurovision, RTÉ TEN asked Mr Lordi whether he thought Ireland had a chance.

He bellowed: "I have absolutely no idea! Every year, around this time, I'm asked this question by, well not every single country in Eurovision, but like half of them - and especially Scandinavian countries. And I always say I'm not an expert in Eurovision!

"I think every single artist and country has an equal chance. I wouldn't have bet my money on our victory! You cannot predict the future - you don't know how the people are going to vote around Europe. Some crazy **** has won over the years, ahem.

"I think everybody has a chance, because it's a TV show. People seem to forget that it's a TV show and it has not that much to do with music, actually. I mean, yes, it needs to be a good song in its own category, but it needs to be entertaining as a three-minute TV little piece. That's what it's all about."

Watch Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest Semi-Final on RTÉ Two on Tuesday May 14 at 8:00pm.

Looking back on Lordi's Eurovision win in 2006, Mr Lordi said: "The hardest part was to be selected from Finland. The Finnish Eurovision Board invited us back then and we said: 'Well, we have absolutely no chance of winning the Finnish competition, but let's just go out there!'

"Our new album was coming out at the time so we thought: 'Let's get some free PR, free primetime TV' - we didn't think any further than that. But I did say: 'You know, if we win the Finnish competition then it's pretty possible that we could land in the top three or top five in the whole thing'."

When asked why, he replied: "Because, and this is just mathematics, usually every country sends an artist that is not known at all outside their own home country. But when we went to Eurovision we had been touring for four years around Europe, so we knew that we had our fans in pretty much every country there.

"We knew that there were people who would vote for us, and we knew that there were people who even though they weren't necessarily Lordi fans would be fans of the genre. So we brought votes - that's pretty much what happened, really. The people who are in the rock scene or metal scene just wanted to be anarchistic that one year: 'Lordi's not my favourite band but I will vote for the phenomenon now'."

Read the full Lordi interview here.

On the experience of winning, he said: "Someone said to me the other day: 'It was a huge thing for you guys'. And I said: 'No, it was a huge thing for everyone else except for us!' When anyone ever asks me what are the fondest memories of Lordi so far, it's really hard for me to fit Eurovision in the Top 10 of Memories.

"Think about it: it's something that we didn't plan. We didn't have any high hopes or anything; we just went and did our own thing. Ok, and we happened to win it and now all of a sudden overnight the media exposure was overwhelming and we got awareness around Europe within the mainstream people that couldn't have been done with touring or with a normal rock band that fast. But other than that it was like: 'Yeah, it was a TV show; we did it. Yeah, ok, yeah, yeah, yeah, we won it'.

"But if you ask me what are the biggest things they are more like getting praised by your own idols, working with your own idols or sharing the stage with your own idols - those are the things that make me tick. But Eurovision? Even though I have absolutely nothing bad to say about the Eurovision as an organisation or a show or anything, it's still not in my Top 10 list."

Lordi's new album, To Beast or Not to Beast, is out now.

Watch Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest Semi-Final on RTÉ Two on Tuesday May 14 at 8:00pm.