RTÉ, the Irish national broadcaster, has confirmed their participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022.
RTÉ confirmed to ESCToday that Ireland will be present at Eurovision 2022. It has not yet been confirmed how the Irish entrant for the 2022 contest will be selected but RTÉ will reveal all details in due course. From their first entry in 1965 up until 2015, Ireland chose their entrant through a national final. From 2016, all Irish entries have been internally selected. Michael Kealy, the Head of Delegation for Ireland, previously stated that a national final may return for 2022.
Lesley Roy represented Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 with “Maps”. She finished last in the first semi-final with 20 points.
Who is Lesley Roy?
Lesley Roy was born on November 28 1986 in Balbriggan in north County Dublin. She first began her music career after being signed to an independent Irish label in 2006.
As a songwriter, Lesley has written for several international artists, including Adam Lambert, Miss Montreal, and Medina. Lesley was originally supposed to represent Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 with “Story of My Life” before it was cancelled.
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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.