"The one that couldn't stop kissing me on stage last night," according to host Daithi O Se will be giving her three kisses on the cheek to even more people as she begins the year ahead representing the Rose of Tralee festival at home and abroad.
From the finer points of nanoscience to male eyebrow waxing, there was no subject -- or family secret -- off limits last night. " host O Se inquired of the mortified uncle of Tyrone Rose Catherine Sherry to fill in time as she changed to perform her slip jig.
Her rise in popularity was mirrored by the bookies, who had her placed as the 11/10 favourite last night although this was changing constantly thanks to a flurry of late bets.
The secondary school history and geography teacher's name was being bandied about as a serious contender in Tralee yesterday.
In August 2006, eight days before Kilkenny's regime-changing win over Cork in the All-Ireland senior hurling final, the intermediate championship concluded before a modest gathering in Dungarvan.
With play in injury-time, and Kilkenny defending a goal lead over Cork, a 19-year-old Kieran Joyce had the ball in hand.
The science lesson came much later as Dublin Rose Arlene O'Neill explained the finer points of her big passion in life -- nanoscience.
She even incorporated it into a gift for Daithi and his wife Rita, who she presented with a Rose pin that contained all the names of the Kerry team and the Dublin All-Ireland champions too.
Boston/New England Rose Lissa Bramley, first all week alphabetically, closed last night's show with a spectacular gymnastics display that required a quick change.
Coronas front man Danny O'Reilly admitted that although he wasn't an avid fan, he always saw the Rose of Tralee because it was "on at home".
When it transpired she had spent three months of her life killing sheep in Australia she firmly steered the conversation in another direction.