Fears that Eurovision may be targetted by ISIS

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Eurovision 2016 hosts Mans Zelmerlow and Petra Mede
Eurovision 2016 hosts Mans Zelmerlow and Petra Mede

Eurovision bosses in Sweden are fearful that terrorists will try and blow themselves up at the annual music contest.

According to a report in today's Irish Daily Star the country's security forces are on 'red alert' after reports that eight members of the sick terror group had arrived in Stockholm.

This year's song contest will be held in the Swedish capital on May 14, with the event taking place at the Globe Arena, a venue with a capacity of 16,000.

It is the same arena where a U2 concert last year was cancelled following a 'security breach'.

On that occasion an armed man allegedly dressed as a policeman was allowed into the gig.

Speaking about the security threat, Eurovision project manager Jesper Ackinger said: "We are working closely with the police."

And Sweden's security service, while they wouldn't confirm the reports regarding the arrival of IS terrorists, did say that "information has come our way that we can't ignore".

Ireland are to be represented at this year's event by former Westlife singer Nicky Byrne.

To make the final, Byrne and his song Sunlight will have to get past the semi-final, a feat Ireland haven't managed for the last two years.