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.
it was really great for a first performance she had some in ear issues it was obvious and her vocals need to be perfected at some parts but she really got the crowd going especially with the clapping part at the bridge!
— euroeire 🇳🇱 (@euroeire) March 7, 2020
That clapping bit was amazing in the club last night. That is going to be a big special moment in Rotterdam (pending coronavirus 😂)
— Eurovision Central (@EurovisionCent) March 7, 2020
Really got the crowd involved…. I think there was some tech issues with her ear piece but she did well. Really curious to see the final staging on the night!!
— Cillian Flynn (@cillfly) March 7, 2020
Very good energy but a few technical difficulties took away from the performance a bit
— Grace🇮🇹 (@nessungradodi) March 7, 2020
I was VERY impressed with the vocals. Staging 🤷🏻♂️ but obv not the staging for the show. 8/10
— Keith (@MelCsGoldTooth) March 7, 2020
Something was clearly up. It was fine but she did seem to spend a lot of it messing with her in ears and staring off to side of camera. So whatever was happening off camera must have distracted her coz it distracted me.
— Joseph (@jlarkin246) March 7, 2020
LLS is a hideous place to introduce a song in just about every way. She seemed to be suffering from ear piece problems and didn’t know where the cameras were. Blame the LLS for that! She sounded good, will need strong backing singers for the chorus. Gave nothing away on staging.
— Davey Donnelly (@DaveyDonn) March 7, 2020
Just watched on the player. Unlike last year, she’s a confident, professional live performer. It will need a choreographed show which I’m sure is being worked on.
— Paul C (@peejaythatsme) March 7, 2020
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.