Since blasting on to the Eurovision scene last March with her monster hit ‘Story Of My Life‘, Ireland’s Lesley Roy has continued to take to Instagram to share the story of her life in the aftermath of the 2020 cancellation. Though not automatically selected to be Ireland’s representative for Rotterdamn 2021, the multitalented Dubliner has been busy crafting a new song for submission to Irish broadcaster, Radio Teilifís Éireann. Ireland’s Head of Delegation, Michael Kealey, is on the record as saying that Roy’s selection for 2021 would be ‘natural justice‘, but that ultimately the quality of any newly submitted songs would be the deciding factor.
Expectations of Lesley’s 2021 song submission are high given her extensive music career and triple threat status as a genius songwriter, producer and performer. Since March, Lesley has been sharing online updates of her songwriting at her second home in New York City’s East Village and with her songwriting collaborators in Nashville, Tennessee. Lesley has also been blessing us online with her uniquely endearing positivity and empathetic concern for the wellbeing of her followers during the Coronavirus pandemic. On top of this, Roy released a new single ‘GOLD‘ in July — a Chainsmokers-esque, uptempo, break-up track, inspired by Kintsugi (the Japanese art of repairing cracked pottery with gold).
Following a brief (COVID-compliant) stopover in her native Dublin, Lesley has arrived in Stockholm in the last week to continue her mission to create the perfect Eurovision song for Ireland 2021. Lesley has clearly hit the ground running on this leg of her journey, taking to Instagram to share and exciting update: ‘Day 1 of Stockholm sessions 2020. 2 sessions with Writers/producers from Norway/Finland/Copenhagen/U.S and of course Ireland!‘. Lesley is no stranger to the Swedish songwriting scene, having worked with Swedish master-producer Max Martin on her debut solo album ‘Unbeautiful‘ in the late 2000s.
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Ireland in Eurovision
Since making its debut in 1965, Ireland have only missed 2 contests, in 1983 and 2002. Weighing in with 7 victories, Ireland is the country with the most Eurovision wins so far. They won the contest in 1970, 1980, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1996. Johnny Logan, who won the contest in 1980, 1987 as a singer and in 1992 as a composer, remains the only artist to have won the contest multiple times. On top of the 3 wins, Ireland also came second three times, and third once. Ireland is the only country to have hosted the Eurovision multiple times in a row, in 1993, 1994 and 1995. They also hosted the 1971, 1981, 1988 and 1997 contest.