RTÉ, the Irish national broadcaster. has revealed details about the release of “Maps”, the Irish entry for Eurovision 2021.
Like last year, “Maps” will be played for the first time on 2FM Breakfast with Doireann and Eoghan on RTÉ 2fm at 9:35 CET on Friday morning. The song will then be released on streaming platforms, alongside the official music video, which was filmed in County Wicklow on the east coast of Ireland. Later that evening, Lesley will perform “Maps” live for the first time on The Late Late Show on RTÉ One.
“Maps” has been written and produced by Lesley, along with producer Lukas Hallgren (producer of “She Got Me” -Switzerland 2019), Philip Strand (producer/songwriter), Normandie, Deepend and Emelie Eriksson, a Stockholm based songwriter at Baggpipe.
Who Is Lesley Roy?
Lesley has written for several international artists, including Adam Lambert, Miss Montreal and Medina. The album she wrote on for Adam Lambert “Trepassing” debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 Album Chart, marking Lesley’s first co-write on a No. 1 album for the track “Pop That Lock”.
Lesley was originally supposed to represent Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 with “Story of My Life” before it was cancelled. RTÉ then decided to select Lesley again for the 2021 contest. She has spent the past three months in studio working her 2021 entry.
Image Source: Luca Truffarelli / Source: RTÉ One
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.