Lesley Roy Late Late Show Ireland Eurovision 2020

It’s the arena that felled many a fan favourite back in the days of the Eurosong selection. However, on Friday night, Ireland’s Eurovision 2020 singer Lesley Roy emerged relatively unscathed from The Late Late Show,  where she delivered the first live TV performance of “Story Of My Life”.

Lesley Roy performs “Story Of My Life” on The Late Late Show

The long-running chatshow is a notoriously difficult venue in which to perform uptempo pop numbers. Yet, despite some in-ear issues, Lesley gave us a more than competent performance of her song for Rotterdam.

We got no indication of potential staging, but Roy did prove that she’s well capable of singing the track live. She had no trouble keeping up with the beat or hitting the notes.

And even though the track is just days old, she had the entire crowd clapping along by the end.

Lesley Roy “Story Of My Life” first live performance — social media reactions

After the show had ended, we asked fans on Twitter what they thought. And, for the most part, the general opinion was mixed to positive.

Also, the song seems to be getting traction outside of the Eurovision fan bubble. As of Saturday morning, it was at number two on the YouTube trending chart in Ireland. It previously hit number one on Friday. Unfortunately, this momentum is not being fully capitalised as “Story Of My Life” has yet to hit any of the major music streaming or download services.

What do you think of Lesley’s performance? Are you excited to see what she brings in May? Let us know in the comments.

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Ollie Wolfensberger
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Ollie Wolfensberger

This will be great on the night, with staging lights and backing. It’s exactly what Eurovision needs, some life! 12 points from Switzerland ??????

Jackie Roy
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Jackie Roy

Lesley is my daughter and i’m proud of her . All Mothers are proud of their kids. I wish her the very best of luck. As long as she enjoys the fun im sure it will be it a wonderful memory and a fantastic experience to keep in her heart.

Fionn
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Fionn

Are u actually her mom lmao ahaha hahaha hi from Cork!

Jackie Roy
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Jackie Roy

Yes i sure am her Mom. Ive been singing in bands since i’ve been a teenager. She got her love for music from me. It sadness me deeply she didn’t invite me to the Late Late show.

jack
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jack

This perfomance is almost painfull. How she will perform in the biggest stage in europe if she cant on the late late show?

Darren
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Darren

As stated many times, the LLS is awful for performing and acoustics.
But it’s your opinion I guess.

Fatima
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Fatima

Louise McSharry said “We haven’t heard this style of song”. Has she never heard of Katy Perry et al?

Darren
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Darren

This style of song representing Ireland obvs

astro
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astro

She has had another live performance which I would say is leagues better: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3F2l9l5iQI

She isn’t a perfect singer but she is a perfect performer.

Click20
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Click20

I quiet like the clapping but so I hope that is kept for ESC as I think it adds to making the song memorable. The audience definitely seemed to enjoy it. I think she can work on her vocal control and I think the staging will enhance it.

Robyn Gallagher
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I thought she sounded ok, despite the technical issues. It will sound better at Eurovision, in a set-up specifically designed for music performance (not a talk show). Importantly, Lesley is an experienced performer – she can work the crowd and sell the performance, something that not every singer can manage.

brad
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brad

and this is supposed to represent my country???? Words fail me. It is aggressive and nasty.

Ted
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Ted

Yes, it’s very Katy Perry and technically very tricky to sing. She needs to work on that. But we do need some bops in the final. Fingers crossed for you Ireland.

Eurovisionfun
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Eurovisionfun

Welcome back 2009!I really missed you.

ESCalator
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ESCalator

oh boy, she was so pitchy and losing her voice….reminded me of Spain’s 2017 “just do it for your lover” fail.

alessandwich
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alessandwich

they said this is “Euphoria” level… Mmkay

Darren
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Darren

Please see a few comments below. Thanks.

It's me boo
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It's me boo

ELM’s ‘Golden’ would’ve been my fav…..

Fan From Texas
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Fan From Texas

Sounds like a Katy Perry song from ten years ago. It should keep the crowd bopping along. Even if she gets the inner ear pitch issues resolved, she was clearly out of breath several times. She needs to work on that.

Roy Moreno
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Roy Moreno

Nothing personal against her, but like… On the level of Euphoria? That, my friends, is overhyping
The song is fun though 🙂 I am, however, yet to have heard the live performance

Darren
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Darren

Please see a few comments below. Thanks.

Fatima
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Fatima

It’s nice to have the crowd clapping along, but they always will when they’re told to do so. I think the writer and producer of the song should have built in a bit of little breathing space for the singer.

Thomasina De Montford-Zhigou
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Thomasina De Montford-Zhigou

Yikes. But there’s still time to correct the issues and rejig the backing vocals to support hers.

Michèle
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Michèle

Sorry to say I’m disappointed but not surprised by the Irish entry this year – just didn’t buy all the hype beforehand. The song really goes nowhere for the last minute and the first two minutes don’t greatly impress me either! RTÉ just tries too hard to produce something which they believe is Eurovision-friendly but this is way off the mark and just comes across as contrived – it’s such a shame as we have such a wealth of musical talent in Ireland.

Hello hi
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Hello hi

At the end of the day RTE don’t want to win .. there is also many other broadcasters who don’t .. why would they tbh … costs of hosting the contest outweighs everything else .. many just compete for the sake of it

Fatima
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Fatima

That doesn’t make sense, if they can’t afford it then why compete at all? Even more money would be saved. It’s perfectly normal to take a year or so off for that reason.

Hello hi
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Hello hi

It does make sense .. if Ireland take part it’s good value television for RTE to show .. however if they win it isn’t financially viable

Fatima
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Fatima

Okay then let’s have Dustin back for the rest of the decade

LinusESCfan
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LinusESCfan

Please Ireland: Go back to your ethnic roots in 2021. this pop thing is not your thing. it could but this is just horrible.

Olivia Mac Arthur
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Olivia Mac Arthur

Everytime we go ethnic we do badly outside of 1996. 2007 and 2014. Did nothing for us. Its all well and good to suggest it, but no one votes for us when we do. We tried in Jesc again this year. Didn’t even make top 10.

Esc1234
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Esc1234

Wtf she must be trolling

Voix
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Voix

Singer destroying her chances to qualify for 3:12 straight

gilpgilp
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gilpgilp

Not going to qualify. Yet again.

Hello hi
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Hello hi

I really wish Lesley the best and hope she enjoys her Eurovision experience.. however she should never ever got involved with RTE … a truly pathetic excuse for a national broadcaster.. Bunch of overpaid leeches and a drain of money

Tom Ripley
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Tom Ripley

No. Not good.Really not good.

Jonas
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Jonas

Charlie McGettigan & Paul Harrington’s performance from the same show is definitely worth a look for anybody who loves Eurovision nostalgia.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gVsEWPZ6pA

Jackie Roy
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Jackie Roy

They were brilliant. Lesley is my Daughter. I wish her the best.

John
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John

I just got a flashback to Julia Samoylova singing at the Moscow Pre-Party in 2018. Cringeworthy beyond belief. Hope it was an off day for Leslie.

Trocatroc
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Trocatroc

Sorry to say but I found the performance bad and couldn’t finish watching it.

Hello hi
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Hello hi

Not good enough RTE ..another disappointing year to be an Irish Eurovision fan .. this team responsible for this are seriously deluded when they use words like banger ..
she seems like a lovely woman but this is soo flat

WillDoThisLater
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WillDoThisLater

right? They manage to raise our hopes every year, only to…

LinusESCfan
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LinusESCfan

GOOD? excuse me, it was very bad.

Citizen of Memel
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Citizen of Memel

Looks like the song was too strong for Lesley to deliver. It appears horrendously from 2:00-2:03 and after the clapping even moreso. Unless she improves highly, Ireland has no chance to qualify because of the Jury.

First row at ESC & JESC
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First row at ESC & JESC

Ireland will qualify for sure – Lesley Roy delivers. It is not in my top 10 but around no. 16 (at the moment).

LinusESCfan
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LinusESCfan

then you did not listen to the clip

Banshee
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Banshee

Remember the late late show is shocking for live performances, I have full belief in her for rotterdam

Fionn
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Fionn

I really wanted to get behind my country this year but I just can’t after that abomination

Jonas
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Jonas

Harsh.

Hello hi
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Hello hi

People need to be more harsh .. the problem is RTE are not harsh enough and not raising their standard .. it’s a competition… be competitive

Vangelis vt
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Vangelis vt

Ireland promised an Euphoria and is serving another disaster again.

SheObam
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SheObam

We DIDNT promise a Euphoria. No one said it would be Euphoria. No one.

Darren
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Darren

Really sick and tired seeing this comment which was taken clearly out of context.
Nobody said it was the next Euphoria. The radio DJ said Euphoria was her favorite Eurovision song. Jeez get over it people.
Not a soul said it was going to be Euphoria.

WillDoThisLater
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WillDoThisLater

Darren, I appreciate that you level-headedly try to defend us always, but I’m sure you must also be disappointed this year too…whether it was intentional or not, this entry was hyped up and it has not delivered. Another crap year as an Irish Eurovision fan.

Darren
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Darren

Will do this later
It’s better than some of our previous efforts but no it has its issues, but to be honest it’s not exactly a strong year across the board. And there is room to improve on the live and I’m hopeful for good staging. ThisIsPopBaby is pushed as our true entry this year truth be told so we really won’t see the full package until then.
It is a weak song, but it’s a weak year.

Chinese bat soup
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Chinese bat soup

a solid song and a well-enunciated singer

xohxoh
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xohxoh

That was sad to watch. Ouch.

Andrew
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Andrew

Late late show is horrible for live performances and RTÉ know it

Livs
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Livs

This has nothing to do with the song but God damn it Ireland, a country with such beautiful traditional sounds and we just don’t get a slightly ethnic track!

Darren
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Darren

You know deep down that if Ireland sent an “ethnic” song that people would be labelling it dull, dated, boring etc.
We have entered “ethnic” or atleast Celtic/trad inspired in the past and it failed miserably. 2007,2014. So no way will that be happening anytime soon.

Jonas
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Jonas

1996 worked out well, though.

Jonas
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Jonas

Nah, I don’t want some sterotype of what people think Irish music sounds like.

Darren
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Darren

I don’t see fans asking other countries to be more ethnic, just seems to be a thing with Ireland. We tried it 3 times and it didn’t work on 2 occasions …20 years after the first.
That speaks for itself I think.

KESC
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KESC

I feel like Russia, Malta and Azerbaijan will all release their entries after March 9.

Angelika
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Angelika

I like this happy song!
With dancers it would be super!

ESCFan2009
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ESCFan2009

The song is amazing, but these in-ear-problems… And to be fair, it IS extremly fast. But it’s so far my number 1 of Uptempo Eurovision songs 2020. I belive in you, Lesley! It’s the story of our lives <3

Ron
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Ron

Bad news is that it looked under rehearsed and she struggled with some of the high notes.

Good news is there plenty of scope for improvement. Bring the chorus down a key (it’s too high for her), make sure to have strong backing singers and it should sound fine on the night.

Leo M
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Leo M

Didn’t sound great TBH. However, the LLS show studio is known for bad acoustics and plus that she had in-ear problems. She had good charisma, energy and got the crowd involved so I am positive all will be great on stage in Rotterdam

Polliu
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Polliu

The kind of music in Katy Perry or P!nk’s albums in the early 2010s. Plus, she was so out of breath in the last minute.

Kosey
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Kosey

Ouch, not a great vocal performance unfortunately. I really like this song (it’s in my top 5) but there are a lot of good vocalists this year, so she will have to up her game for sure

aroncido
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aroncido

She’s going to be second again in the running order, isn’t she?

Una
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Una

Maybe. I’d say either Ireland or Belarus. Belarus rather since 22 was 2nd only last year.

Film
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Film

It could be Slovenia or Russia as well.

Olivia Mac Arthur
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Olivia Mac Arthur

I’ve never seen a case where a country gets second slot twice in a row. Besides, it’s not a song they’d want in second. They prefer a slower song, so I say Slovenia and Belarus are possibilities.

Chromium
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Chromium

An upbeat pop song in English is usually the first number, so she’ll most probably open the semifinal.

Polliu
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Polliu

Slovenia 90 %

Fatima
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Fatima

They do that with songs they think won’t qualify, don’t they?

Olivia Mac Arthur
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Olivia Mac Arthur

The late late show somehow always makes acts sound awful through faulty ear pieces, acoustics and a difficult stage. She sounded miles better the night before in the George and wasn’t distracted at all. I definitely believe the performance will be much better by the semi final and after the party circuit. And we know a better stage is coming. It’s at least more promising than last year.

Polegend Godgarina
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and yet it’s still not on spotify… what are they waiting for ugh

Darren
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Darren

I feel your pain
But my country is so behind on stuff like this.
The song should have been put on Spotify on Thursday when it was revealed.
In this day and age most people stream on a service like Spotify. That’s where it will get its most listens.
RTÉ are numpties.

Fiore
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Fiore

I like the song but wow the live performance is really bad.

Darren
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Darren

Is there even a Wiwi jury reaction video to Ireland? I’d like to hear what the Wiwi guys think.
I was looking but it seems Ireland was skipped, went straight from Netherlands to San Marino and Bulgaria.