Our series of poll battles continues. Following the cancellation of last year’s contest, the majority of the class of 2020 are back to finally get their chance to perform on the Eurovision stage. But, as is standard Eurovision regulation, they’ve all got new songs. And the comparisons are coming in fast.
So now, we want to hear from our readers. Do you prefer the returning artists’ 2020 or 2021 songs?
Today, we’re heading to the Emerald Isle and taking a look at Ireland. Last year, Lesley Roy was set to sing “Story of My Life” in Rotterdam. And this year, she’s found her way back to Eurovision 2021 with “Maps”. Two years, two songs. But which is your favourite? Vote now in our poll!
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“Story of My Life” (Ireland 2020)
Lesley Roy was internally selected for Eurovision 2020 with the song “Story of My Life”. A pop-rock song, it’s been likened to the musical stylings of Avril Lavigne and early Katy Perry. Lyrically, the song embraces diversity, and encourages the celebration of uniqueness and individuality. With the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — Lesley Roy scored an average of 6.03/10.
“Ok, I just love happy sugary pop”, said wiwiblogger Natalie. “I completely understand that this song is dated and completely underwhelming considering the hype around Ireland this year. But, still, OMG! It makes me want to dance so much! It’s so jam-packed with energy and is so frickin’ defiant. It’s as though Lesley knows she’s singing silly a late-2000s pop song at a music contest but she doesn’t give a damn! She’s gonna sing loud and proud, she doesn’t care what you say!”
“Maps” (Ireland 2021)
“Maps” brings together Lesley Roy’s signature pop-rock sound with an orchestral flourish. It’s a modern and inspiring pop song about learning from your mistakes, forging your own path home and going back to your roots.
“I thought it would’ve been a disservice to everybody to go and write “Story of My Life” part two”, Lesley tells our Padraig. “That would have been a bit boring and would’ve been so obvious, so as much as [“Maps”] is still in keeping with the positive pop that I always try to write, it’s sonically a departure. It’s still uptempo, and will hit people straight through their chests.”
Poll battle — Ireland: Which Lesley Roy song is your favourite?
In this poll, you can vote for just one song. And as always, you can only vote once — so choose wisely, and make it count. Europe, start voting now!
Which of Lesley Roy’s Eurovision songs did you vote for? How does “Maps” weigh up against “Story of My Life”? Sound off in the comments below.