It’s being billed as a special programme that will showcase and honour all the hard work the 39 Eurovision 2021 acts put into their live-on-tape performances. However, two countries will not air their backups for Rotterdam during the Eurovision Song Celebration — Ireland and the United Kingdom.
The absence of the two countries has triggered some fans, with several channeling their frustrations directly at Lesley Roy and James Newman on social media. This behaviour prompted Lesley to hit back at the trolls in a series of tweets.
Eurovision Song Celebration will not feature live-on-tapes from Ireland or the UK
Ahead of Friday’s first episode dedicated to the eliminated semi-finalists, Eurovision organisers have confirmed that we won’t see the back-up recordings for either Ireland’s Lesley Roy or the UK’s James Newman. The official website writes: “Neither the MAPS or Embers Live-on-Tape performance will feature in the Eurovision Song Celebration shows, as both artists want the live performance they delivered in Rotterdam to be the version that people remember”. It adds that Lesley and James will still appear in the shows.
That means that fans will see 37 never before seen live-on-tape performances, along with Australia’s backup which aired during semi-final one. You’ll recall that these were made to be used in the event that an act couldn’t travel to the Netherlands, as happened with Montaigne. The show will be fronted by Finland’s Krista Siegfrids. Episode one is set for Friday 28 May at 21:00 CEST. The second episode will follow on Saturday 29 May at 21:00 CEST.
Eurovision Song Celebration episode one — eliminated semi-finalists
- Slovenia / Ana Soklič – Amen
- Australia / Montaigne – Technicolour
- North Macedonia / Vasil – Here I Stand
- Croatia / Albina – Tick-Tock
- Romania / ROXEN – Amnesia
- Estonia / Uku Suviste – The Lucky One
- Czech Republic / Benny Cristo – omaga
- Austria / Vincent Bueno – Amen
- Poland / RAFAŁ – The Ride
- Georgia / Tornike Kipiani – You
- Latvia / Samanta Tīna – The Moon is Rising
- Denmark / Fyr og Flamme – Øve Os På Hinanden
Eurovision Song Celebration episode two — grand finalists
- Cyprus / Elena Tsagrinou – El Diablo
- Albania / Anxhela Peristeri – Karma
- Israel / Eden Alene – Set Me Free
- Belgium / Hooverphonic – The Wrong Place
- Russia / Manizha – Russian Woman
- Malta / Destiny – Je Me Casse
- Portugal / The Black Mamba – Love Is On My Side
- Serbia / Hurricane – Loco Loco
- Greece / Stefania – Last Dance
- Switzerland / Gjon’s Tears – Tout l’Univers
- Iceland / Da∂i Freyr og Gagnamagni∂ – 10 Years
- Spain / Blas Cantó – Voy A Querdarme
- Moldova / Natalia Gordienko – SUGAR
- Germany / Jendrik – I Don’t Feel Hate
- Finland / Blind Channel – Dark Side
- Bulgaria / Victoria – Growing Up Is Getting Old
- Lithuania / The Roop – Discoteque
- Ukraine / Go_A – Shum
- France / Barbara Pravi – Voilà
- Azerbaijan / Efendi – Mata Hari
- Norway / TIX – Fallen Angel
- The Netherlands / Jeangu Macrooy – Birth of a New Age
- Italy / Måneskin – Zitti E Buoni
- Sweden / Tusse – Voices
- San Marino / Senhit – Adrenalina
Ireland’s Lesley Roy hits back at Twitter trolls
On Friday morning, Lesley tweeted: “Trolls, Not sure what the issues are re:live on tape ? You guys didn’t like the performance of maps, remember? last in semi final1, a NQ, ring any bells?!”. She ended the message with an emoji of a woman shrugging. This appears to be in response to people sending her nasty tweets about her absence from the Eurovision Song Celebration.
Trolls, Not sure what the issues are re:live on tape ? You guys didn’t like the performance of maps, remember? last in semi final1, a NQ, ring any bells?! ????
— lesley roy (@lesleyroyreal) May 28, 2021
The tweet quickly spread with many taking it as an attack on the Eurovision fandom at large. Lesley soon followed up with a second more detailed statement. “Ehh I don’t think my joke translated”, she wrote along with a grimacing face emoji. “Ahh let me clarify, to all the amazing ppl that did support Maps my previous tweet was NOT directed at you. I was just shocked/confused by the uproar of no live tape from the ongoing haters. I am SO grateful to those of you who have supported Maps & I see you! I will be sharing a new song w/ you VERY soon ! ❤️”.
Ehh I don’t think my joke translated ? pic.twitter.com/jQ9jRcsTMX
— lesley roy (@lesleyroyreal) May 28, 2021
Lesley added further context to the situation in her replies. Writing to one fan, she says “I ADORE the fans soo much they are amazing and Ive tried to interact with them in every way I possibly can for over a year. I was just shocked at people who DONT like me/maps that wanted to see the tape . That was all that I meant .” In a now deleted tweet, the singer also revealed that she had been receiving “some pretty scary direct messages” in the days since Eurovision.
Irish broadcaster RTÉ has not responded to the matter publicly. However, Lesley is not the first Irish act to be trolled on social media. In 2019, Sarah McTernan received torrents of abusive messages for travelling to Israel.
Meanwhile, at the time of writing, neither the UK delegation nor James Newman have commented on his absence.
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