Ireland's song for Eurovision 2021 released: "Maps"

The Irish song for Eurovision 2021 has just been released. Lesley Roy will be singing "Maps" in Rotterdam

Lesley Roy was set to represent Ireland in Eurovision 2020 with the song "Story Of My Life" before it got cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Even though the official confirmation that Lesley would be back for Eurovision 2021 only arrived in December 2020, the Irish singer took the first chance she had to fly to Stockholm in order to write a new Eurovision song after the lockdown.

In an interview, Lesley told Eurovisionworld she chose Sweden to write her entry as it represents a full circle for her and here it is:

The Irish song for Eurovision 2021 has just been released. Lesley Roy will be singing "Maps" in Rotterdam.

Ireland 2021: Lesley Roy – "Maps"

"Maps" is written by Lesley Roy herself along with Lukas Hällgren, Philip Strand, Normandy, Deepend and Emelie Eriksson.

Lesley Roy

34-year-old Lesley Roy is from Dublin, and splits her time between Dublin and her apartment in the East Village in NYC. She is a singer-songwriter and she signed to US label Jive/Sony Records in 2006. She has worked with the renowned Max Martin who produced her debut album Unbeautiful in 2008.

Since then her focus has been mostly on songwriting. Amongst the artists she has written for are Adam Lambert, Miss Montreal, Medina, Jana Kramer, Marlee Scott and Deorro.

A Eurovision fan herself, she has said she wants to "bring Eurovision glory back to Ireland once again":

– I'm very lucky that I am from the era of Niamh Kavanagh, Paul Harrington, Eimear Quinn, Riverdance years, Lesley said.

Ireland in Eurovision Song Contest

Ireland 1987: Johnny Logan - "Hold Me Now"

Ireland holds the record of most victories in Eurovision Song Contest: Seven victories! The six of these victories were in the 80s and 90s:

Ireland 1987: Johnny Logan - "Hold Me Now"

They have been in Eurovision since 1965 with 53 participation since then. Ireland has qualified for the Grand Final 8 out of 16 times since the introduction of Semi-finals in 2004.

About the author: Pedro Santos (Portugal)

authorPedro comes from Lisbon, Portugal. He's 30 years old and graduated in journalism. He has attended Eurovision Song Contest three times live - 2018, 2019 and 2022 - and covered the show twice more (2021, 2023) but his first Eurovision memory takes him back to 2007 when Sarbel delivered his catchy "Yassou Maria" performance. Pedro's favorite Eurovision song is Albania's 2015 "I'm Alive" by Elhaida Dani which is also his favorite Eurovision edition.

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