In 2020 she told us the story of her life. Now, Ireland’s Lesley Roy is set to take us on a new journey with “Maps” — her song for Eurovision 2021.
Lesley Roy releases “Maps”
“Maps” received ts world premiere on RTÉ’s Breakfast with Doireann & Eoghan at 8:35 GMT/ 9:35 CET. The music video followed shortly after, debuting on the official Eurovision YouTube channel at 9:00 GMT / 10:00 CET.
“Maps” is written and produced by Lesley, along with Eurovision producer Lukas Hallgren (“She Got Me”), Philip Strand (producer/songwriter Normandie, Deepend), and Emelie Eriksson. The music video was directed by Ais Brady and shot in the Wicklow mountains.
Later in the day, Lesley will perform the song for the first time on The Late Late Show as part of a Eurovision special. The programme starts at 21:35 GMT / 22:35 CET and will also feature past winners Niamh Kavanagh, Linda Martin, Charlie McGettigan and Paul Harrington.
Lesley Roy “Maps” (Music Video)
In the official press release, Lesley Roy says: “I’m thrilled to see through this project and represent Ireland at Eurovision 2021 with “Maps”. I’m so happy with the song and so passionate about it and Eurovision. I’m working each day towards representing Ireland in whatever version of Eurovision goes ahead in May. It’s a true honour and I want to have the best time I possibly can on the stage for Ireland. This has been a year in the making and I’m thrilled to finally get it out there for everyone to hear. “Maps” was specifically written for Eurovision. It’s heartfelt, it’s uplifting, and I hope people love it.”
Ireland’s Head of Delegation, Michael Kealy adds: “I’m really excited about the release of Lesley’s song, “Maps”, today. It was unfortunate that she didn’t get the opportunity to compete in Eurovision last year, but I’m delighted that we are back with a song we feel is even better. Lesley is absolutely focussed on getting to perform on stage in Rotterdam, and I believe that this song is going to do really well with Eurovision fans worldwide.”
Lesley Roy on “Maps”
Our full 30-minute interview with Lesley Roy will be published on YouTube after her appearance on The Late Late Show.
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Photo: RTE / Ruth Medjber