Irish news website Extra.ie have suggested that Lesley Roy will get a second chance at Eurovision, and will represent Ireland at the 2021 contest in Rotterdam. The news has not yet been officially confirmed by either RTÉ or Lesley Roy.
Following an interview with the “Story of My Life” singer, the website wrote that “Lesley Roy has teased what to expect on her upcoming song for Eurovision 2021”. This follows speculation of a possible Eurovision return teased at the start of the month, after Lesley posted about songwriting sessions with former Eurovision alumni.
Delivering another “big banger”
Speaking to Extra.ie, Lesley revealed that she had been working on a new entry to be put forward to Irish broadcaster RTÉ.
We’re still up-tempo, we’re trying to keep it as positive as possible because we need it now more than ever… I’m definitely keeping it as a big banger, either a fun pop song or a big ballad.– Lesley Roy, speaking to Extra.ie
Earlier this month, Lesley teased at working on new material with JOWST (Norway 2017) and Lasse Piirainen (Finland 2017), and it seems as though the songwriting sessions were successful:
We’ve bounced some fantastic ideas, we’re on the right page. I’ve just really gotten together an ultimate list of producers that one would want in a songwriting camp to help write this.– Lesley Roy, speaking to Extra.ie
A dream about to come reality
Since the cancellation of Eurovision 2020 in March, Lesley has already released her follow-up single, “Gold”, which she worked on in Los Angeles. As a self-proclaimed perfectionist, she is feeling the pressure of trying to better “Story of My Life” in 2021.
She hopes that she will be able to perform again in 2021, as the reports suggest, to fulfil a childhood dream of competing in Eurovision.
I hate to be so cheesy but the Irish winners really put it in my head when I was so young that I wanted to do this. Niamh Kavanagh, Paul Harrington, Charlie McGettigan, Linda Martin, Johnny Logan…– Lesley Roy, speaking to Extra.ie
The next step for Lesley on the road to Eurovision 2021 is for her entry to be given the ‘green light’ from Irish Head of Delegation, Michael Kealy.
[Michael and I] had a big long chat just as soon as I got to Sweden last week. Once I’ve finished the song, we’ll sit down and listen to it with the entire team and only when we’re all in agreement, we’ll greenlight it to the press and say we have it.– Lesley Roy, speaking to Extra.ie
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” prior to the contest’s cancellation in March.
Are you happy that Ireland will return for the 2021 contest? Do you think Lesley Roy should represent the country?