Spotlight on: Ireland

May 18, 2021

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Artist Profile

Artist: Lesley Roy

Date of Birth: 17 September 1986

Hometown: Balbriggan, Ireland

Selection Method: Internal Selection

Song: Maps

Composer: Philip Strand, Emelie Eriksson, Lesley Roy, Lukas Hällgren

Producer: Philip Strand, Lesley Roy, Lukas Hällgren

Eurovision Result: DNQ (16th Semi Final 1)

Lesley Roy (born 17 September 1986) is an Irish singer-songwriter from Balbriggan. Roy was signed to an independent Irish label in 2006 followed by a record deal with US label Jive Records.

In 2019 Lesley was chosen to represent Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 with a song she wrote and produced with Robert Marvin, Catt Gravitt and Tom Shapiro. The 2020 competition was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however Roy had a top 20 hit in Ireland reaching number 12 in the homegrown charts. Roy was subsequently chosen again to represent Ireland in the 2021 contest, with a different song, titled “Maps”.

Song Lyrics

I’m gonna let down all the armor
Let out the power that I’ve been hiding
Not afraid of the monsters, of the nightmares
That I’ve been fighting

Easy to run, harder to stay
Finding colours in the grey
Thought I was done, but I got it wrong
I fell twice, I’m twice as strong

I’ve been searching all the wrong places
I’ve been trying too many faces
Only one way to go
This is the way back home
I’ve been searching all the wrong places
I’ve been trying too many faces
Only one way to go
This is the way back home

I had to take all of the long ways
All of the wrong ways
‘Cause I couldn’t see
All the signs, all the mistakes
Pointing one way to get back to me

Easy to run, harder to stay
Finding colors in the grey
Thought I was done, but I got it wrong
I fell twice, I’m twice as strong

I’ve been searching all the wrong places
I’ve been trying too many faces
Only one way to go
This is the way back home
I’ve been searching all the wrong places
I’ve been trying too many faces
Only one way to go
This is the way back home

My soul is a map, my heart is a compass
I am the road
There’s only one way to go
This is the way back home
My soul is a map, my heart is a compass
I am the road
There’s only one way to go
This is the way back home

I’ve been searching all the wrong places
I’ve been trying too many faces
Only one way to go
This is the way back home
I’ve been searching all the wrong places
I’ve been trying too many faces (I’ve been trying)
Only one way to go
This is the way back home

Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest

Debut: 1965

Appearances: 53

Finals: 45

Best Result: 1st (1970, 1980, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996)

Top 5:

1966 – Dickie Rock – Come Back To Stay, 4th Place

1967 – Sean Dunphy, If I Could Choose, 2nd Place

1968 – Pat McGeegan – Chance of a Lifetime, 4th Place

1970 – Dana – All Kinds of Everything, 1st Place

1977 – The Swarbriggs Plus Two – It’s Nice To Be In Love Again, 3rd Place

1978 – Colm C.T Wilkinson – Born To Sing, 5th Place

1979 – Cathal Dunne – Happy Man, 5th place

1980 – Johnny Logan – What’s Another Year?, 1st Place

1981 – Sheeba – Horoscopes, 4th Place

1984 – Linda Martin – Terminal 3, 2nd Place

1986 – Luv Bug – You Can Count On Me, 4th Place

1987 – Johnny Logan – Hold Me Now, 1st Place

1990 – Liam Reilly – Somewhere In Europe, 2nd Place

1992 – Linda Martin – Why Me?, 1st Place

1993 – Niamh Kavanagh – In Your Eyes, 1st Place

1994 – Paul Harrington $ Charlie McGettigan – Rock ‘n’ Roll Kids, 1st Place

1996 – Eimear Quinn – The Voice, 1st Place

1997 – Marc Roberts – Mysterious Woman, 2nd Place

Marcel Benzençon Awards:

2011 – Artistic Award

 

Do you think Ireland has a Map to the number 1 position? Which Irish song is your favourite? Let us know in the comments below!

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