Ireland has selected its entry for this year’s Eurovision competition and the singer is fulfilling her lifelong dream at representing us in the competition.
Story of My Life by Lesley Roy is the song we will all be hearing for the next few weeks after it beat off competition from the thousands of songs submitted for consideration.
RTÉ has also enlisted the help of events production company THISISPOPBABY to create a spectacular stage show to support the song.
Lesley Roy is a Dublin songwriter who grew up watching the Eurovision Song Contest every year with her family.
She said: “Growing up in Ireland, obviously the Eurovision holds a special place in my heart, as it does for many people.
“It was a very big event in my house every year, we watched and voted on each act and I became a massive fan at a very young age. I’m very lucky that I am from the era of Niamh Kavanagh, Paul Harrington, Eimear Quinn, Riverdance years.
“I feel like the back to back years watching it live from the Point Depot with Gerry Ryan hosting and the explosion of Riverdance left a very deep impression on me as a kid.
“I definitely made a mental note that this is something I would love to do for Ireland when I grew up. I think I have a very high standard of what a Eurovision song should be because of those memories and that definitely informed the type of song I would send.”
Roy posted this tweet after it was announced she had been selected as our representative for this year’s competition, which will be held in Rotterdam following the Netherlands’ victory last year with Duncan Laurence’s powerful ballad Arcade.
Ireland has won the Eurovision Song Contest seven times in the history of the competition, but the last victory came in 1996 with The Voice by Eimear Quinn.
Roy said she wrote Story of My Life with the help of her Nashville-based musicians Robert Marvin, Catt Gravitt and Tom Shapiro.
Head of the Ireland Delegation for Eurovision 2020 Michael Kealy is full of hope that the song can do well.
He said: “We are extremely excited about Lesley Roy and this year’s Irish entry, Story Of My Life. The song is fresh and uplifting, it’s a banger, and we are very much looking forward to working with Lesley and THISISPOPBABY in preparation for our performance on the biggest music stage in the world in Rotterdam in May.”
Take a look at the video of Story of My Life.