Lesley Roy has been selected to represent Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 with the song “Story of My Life”.
“Story of My Life” was revealed during 2FM Breakfast with Doireann and Eoghan on RTÉ 2FM this morning, with the official music video being released on YouTube at 10:00 CET. The first live performance of “Story of My Life” will take place this evening in The George in Dublin. Further live performances will take place on The Late Late Show on RTÉ One on Friday evening and at Mother at Lost Lane in Dublin on Saturday.
Lesley Roy was born in Balbriggan in north County Dublin but currently lives in New York. She released her debut album “Unbeautiful” in 2008. The lead single from the album “I’m Going, I’m Gone” was the theme tune for the MTV show Exiled and also featured on an episode of The Hills. Lesley has also written for several international artists, including Adam Lambert, Miss Montreal and Medina. “Story of My Life” was written and composed by Robert Marvin, Catt Gravitt, Tom Shapiro and Lesley herself.
Lesley has commented on being selected to represent Ireland in Rotterdam:
“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. My mindset for the coming months is to train, rehearse, prepare, perform, execute and hopefully bring Eurovision glory back to Ireland once again.”
RTÉ 2FM were involved in the selection of this year’s Irish entry and involved in promoting the selected song and artist through their various platforms. RTÉ 2FM specialises in current popular music and has promoted new and upcoming artists through their 2FM Rising project.
Phillip McMahon will be the Creative Director for the Irish entry at Eurovision 2020. Phillip is the Creative Director of ThisIsPopBaby, a theatre and entertainment company that has toured shows around Ireland and overseas. Dublin based choreographer and dance artist Philip Connaughton will be the choreographer for the staging of the entry.
2020 will mark the 54th time that Ireland has competed in the Eurovision Song Contest. The nation, which currently holds the record for the most victories in the competition, saw its worst result to date at the 2019 contest in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Sarah McTernan and “22” finished last in Semi-Final Two, scoring just 16 points. Ireland received 13 points from the juries; 5 points from Moldova and 8 points from Italy. While the United Kingdom awarded 3 points in the televote.
Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest
Ireland debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1965 and is currently the most successful country to have participated in the contest, winning a total of seven times. During the 1990’s Ireland was a powerhouse in the contest becoming the first country to win three years in a row from 1992 to 1994. Since 2000 Ireland has struggled in the contest having qualified from the semi-final into the final just six out of a possible 13 times. Ireland’s last top 10 result came in 2011 when Jedward finished 8th in Dusseldorf.