1992 Eurovision winner Linda Martin has been announced as the spokesperson for the Irish jury and will deliver the votes during this year's song contest.

Thirty years on from her win in Sweden with Why Me?, Martin will reveal the results of the Irish jury during the grand final of Eurovision 2022 on Saturday, 14 May.

Speaking to RTÉ Entertainment following the announcement, Martin said: "I love it, it's hard to believe it's 30 years. It's a contest that gave me all my birthdays at once.

"I'm delighted for the involvement this year, it's been so good to me and if I could give a little bit back to this magnificent, full-filled contest, then so be it."

Linda Martin performing Why Me? in Sweden in 1992

The Belfast-born singer said it "really does" feel like yesterday that she won the Eurovision.

"I know everybody says that about different events from their life, but it's very hard to take in that it's 30 years," she shared.

"I can recall every step of the way, the run-up, travelling, rehearsals, the people. I'm still in touch with a lot of people from that year. It's a Eurovision family."

Speaking about this year's Irish Eurovision hopeful Brooke Scullion, Martin said: "They like her, there's no question about that because she's a real good personality. Whether we win or not I don't know, but I do hope she gets out of the semi-final."

Linda Martin says she is rooting for Brooke Scullion in the second Eurovision semi-final on Thursday

"It's so fickle. The Eurovision is a lottery, you just don't know what's going to happen. You put your best foot forward and you hope for the best. I just hope she does really well," she added.

Martin's success in 1992 started off a streak of three consecutive Eurovision victories for Ireland, with Niamh Kavanagh's In Your Eyes triumphing in 1993 and Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan's Rock 'n' Roll Kids winning in 1994.

Martin has twice represented Ireland at the Eurovision. The first time was in 1984 with the Johnny Logan-penned Terminal 3 when she finished in second place, just eight points behind winners Sweden.

Linda Martin on stage with Johnny Logan after Ireland was announced winners of the Eurovision Song Contest in 1992

She returned in 1992 with the track Why Me?, also written by Logan, which proved to be a hit in the final of the song contest.

Co Derry singer Scullion is representing Ireland in this year's contest with her upbeat and catchy track That's Rich.

She will compete in the second semi-final on Thursday for a place in Saturday's grand final.

The Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final takes place on Saturday, 14 May at 8pm. You can catch it live on RTÉ One, RTÉ Player and RTÉ Radio 1.

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