Lesley Roy, the Irish representative for Eurovision 2021, confirmed that her staging for the contest will be created by Fredrik Rydman.
In an interview with Wiwibloggs, Lesley confirmed that Fredrik Rydman will be the Creative Director for her staging at Eurovision 2021. Fredrik Rydman already has Eurovision experience, having designed the staging for “Heroes”, the winning entry of Eurovision 2015.
“I’m very excited about our Rotterdam performance. Our creative director this year is Fredrik Rydman — Benke — who did the staging and the creative directing for Måns Zelmerlöw “Heroes”. So, we have a winner on our team. We’ve been working together on this concept since December. I really just hope we get to go there”.
Lesley also spoke about the possibilty of not being able to perform in Rotterdam. She recorded her backup tape performance on Thursday, which will be used should she not be able to travel to Rotterdam in May.
“Anyone going through any version of life this year has to know if you’re getting into something you have to be very aware that it could just be gone the next day. So, I did get into it knowing that and that was another reason that I wanted to push really hard and make a very epic music video. And we’ll do our best with the backup tape. Obviously, I wish we had more time and more similarities to what Benke and I would like to do for Rotterdam. But at the same time what Alan Byrne the director is doing in RTÉ, as far as the backup tape and what we can do there, I think it will be what it is if it gets cancelled”.
Lesley will represent Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 with “Maps”. The song was released yesterday, with a performance on The Late Late Show following later that evening. Lesley will perform in the first half of the first semi-final on May 18.
Image Source: Ruth Medjber / Source: Wiwibloggs
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.