The Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — is reviewing and rating the 39 competing songs in Eurovision 2021. Next we head to Ireland where Lesley Roy has “Maps”. Did we think she was heading in the right direction? Read on to find out!
Lesley Roy – “Maps”
Kristín: When I first gave my original score, Lesley hadn’t quite gotten to me yet. Things have changed since then, and she has steadily become one of my favourite artists of the year. “Maps” is more grown-up than “Story of My Life”, at least musically wise, and showcases just how exceptional Lesley is in every aspect. She is so pure and real and just grabs your attention from the get-go. The song itself is catchy and is Ireland’s strongest entry in years. The remaining score needs to stand, due to calculation, but in my heart, I’ve now added a strong 2 points more for “Maps”, cause it’s truly a masterpiece entry and people should not sleep on its quality, nor on Lesley´s strong and magical presence. In a world of Kardashians, please, be a Lesley!
Natalie: I’m just gonna call it – this is the most underrated song of the year. From the first violin note to the pulsating electronic beat, I knew this would be amazing. It’s got so many elements, and they’re all so well interwoven through Lesley’s raw passion and belief in her own message. There’s so much heart and soul here, and with a production that had the energy of “Story of My Life” without the Katy-ness. I really hope Lesley can deliver with her performance this May. Ireland needs to go the final with this song. This is the way back ho-oo-oo-oo-ooome. 🙂
Oliver: Lesley Roy showcases layers upon layers of emotional depth here. Even with its distinct Irish sound, “Maps” has a universal appeal. Forging your own path, connecting to your roots and finding strength in weakness — these themes will resonate with audiences around the world. The rich selection of instrumentation contrasts with the light raspy tones of Lesley’s vocal as she cuts through the orchestral textures to maintain that signature pop-punk feel we all fell in love with last year. A burst of serotonin and a truly joyous listen, this is a superb entry from Ireland.
Ron: If I’ll ever get lost “MAPS” is a song I would love to hear to get me back on track. This song is so enjoyable and powerful, it’s so contagious with such a beautiful message of finding your true self. This song is so well produced and so anthemic in its tempo and its vibe. It is quite unique in the field of Eurovision 2021 songs. Lesley is so likeable and she’s doing a great job in its delivery. I just hope she’ll manage to do it just as well live as she does in its studio version.
William: With its honest lyrics and sincere delivery, “Maps” reads like poetry: “Thought I was done, but I got it wrong, I fell twice, I’m twice as strong.” Lesley wraps that message up in equally inspiring sounds — strings, guitar, drums and electronic flourishes come together in a swell of positivity. More concerned with contemplation than dramatic swells and dips, the song progresses in a linear way yet it maintains drive and direction with on-point production. Lesley has managed to meld a singer-songwriter feel with a pop sensibility. The result is a divine track that’s polished without feeling sterile and one that carries a clear point of view without being pompous. Easily my favourite Irish entry ever.
Lesley Roy – “Maps” rankings
In the Wiwi Jury we have 24 jurors but only have room for five reviews. The remaining scores are below:
We have removed the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. This is to remove outliers and potential bias. We have removed a low of 3.5 and a high of 9.5.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 7.7/10
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