It scored its lowest ever result in 2019. However, Ireland is back fighting for Eurovision 2020 with Lesley Roy and “Story Of My Life”.
The song dropped early on Thursday morning, and social media was soon awash with opinions — good, bad and indifferent. But what about the mainstream press?
While rarely as damning as their British counterparts, the Irish media has typically fallen out of love with Eurovision in recent times. However, they all appear to have become giddy on Lesley’s pop. The reviews range from positively optimistic to absolutely glowing. At the time of writing, we struggled to find any negative write-ups.
Here are a selection.
Lesley Roy “Story Of My Life” — Media reactions
“Story of my Life… has been billed as a potential game-changer. For once, however, some of the puff may be justified… It’s certainly different from the forgettable melodic pop that has long been Ireland’s Eurovision stock-in-trade. A crunchy synth riff propels the song before a frenetic beat and Roy’s breathily euphoric vocals kick in. It’s followed by an instantly infectious chorus which, on first listen at least, has serious earworm potential. Combined with a positive lyric that celebrates staying true to your personality in the face of hostility, it’s upbeat and affirmative, while staying on the right side of unthreatening.”
“Could this be the year we finally return to form at Eurovision? RTE has delivered on its promise of a ‘banger’ with Lesley Roy’s upbeat ‘Story of My Life’, a pounding pop track channelling early Katy Perry with, perhaps, a playful dash of B*Witched. It’s exactly what we demanded after several years of lacklustre balladry which failed to make an impact.”
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“It’s about time. Ireland has dispensed with the acoustic troubadours and novelty muppets and puppets and made a Eurovision pop banger for the 21st century. Lesley Roy’s ‘Story Of My Life’ is a big brash pop song with strains of Katy Perry and Carly Rae Jepsen and it’s one that passes the first test – that it isn’t so cringe that it makes you feel embarrassed to be Irish – a low bar but one that Dustin The Turkey didn’t pass. ‘Story Of My Life’ is a perfect Eurovision entry with a catchy chorus and a well-needed na-na-na bit to boot.”
“The song itself is a zippy electropop tune with a big Katy Perry vibe, and it sounds tailor-made for Eurovision success, if you ask us. COULD THIS BE OUR YEAR??!!! Alright, we might have to beat Iceland, but it’s within our grasp, surely”.
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