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๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช RTร‰ confirm intentions to take part in Eurovision 2021

The story of their life!

Irish broadcaster RTร‰ have confirmed their intentions to take part in next year’s Eurovision Song Contest, following the cancellation of the 2020 contest earlier this week. ย 

The broadcaster has not confirmed yet whether Lesley Roy will be invited back to take part in the 2021 contest. Lesley Roy was set to represent Ireland this year with “Story of My Life”.

Looking for an eighth win?

In an article about the cancellation of the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest, the Irish Head of Delegation, Michael Kealy, revealed that RTร‰ย will continue talking with the EBU ahead of next year’s contest.

RTร‰ย looks forward to continuing to engage with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and our broadcasting colleagues throughout Europe on Eurovision and the competition in 2021.

– Michael Kealy, Irish Head of Delegation

Kealy called the cancellation of the contest “disappointing” but “completely understandable in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic”.

The island nation remain as the most successful country in Eurovision, winning a total of seven times – with four of the wins in the 1990s.

Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest

Ireland debuted at the contest in 1965 with Butch Moore. He finished in 6th place with “Walking the Streets in the Rain”. Ireland didn’t take long to score their first victory – in 1970, with Dana’s “All Kinds of Everything”.

Ireland have had a very successful run of results over the years – including seven wins, four runners-up and a third place finish. Their most recent win was in 1996, with Eimear Quinn’s “The Voice”.

Since the semi-finals were introduced in 2004, Ireland have made eight finals including two automatic qualifications in 2004 and 2007. In Tel Aviv, in 2019, Sarah McTernan represented the nation with “22”, which finished in last place in its semi-final, with 16 points.

This year, Lesley Roy was set to represent Ireland with “Story of My Life”. Following the cancellation of the contest, it is currently unclear whether Ireland will follow the likes of Bulgaria, Switzerland and Belgium in inviting Lesley back for the 2021 contest.

Lesley Roy - Story Of My Life - Ireland ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช - Official Music Video - Eurovision 2020Lesley Roy – Story Of My Life – Ireland ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช – Official Music Video – Eurovision 2020

Are you happy that Ireland will return for the 2021 contest? Do you think Lesley Roy should represent the country?

Let us know in the comments below and on social media @ESCXTRA.

Tom Ryan

After joining the team in 2018, I've been lucky enough to cover four Eurovision seasons and I'm excited to see what 2023 has in store for us! I'm a music enthusiast, but also enjoy learning - so you'll likely find me in a classroom or listening to the best new music!

Comments on ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช RTร‰ confirm intentions to take part in Eurovision 2021

  • Victor

    how do you even become a contestant on Eurovision? Can anyone be eligible to represent their country

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