Dubliner Lesley Roy will be representing Ireland at the Eurovision in Rotterdam this year with her song Story of My Life

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Roy, who lives between Dublin and New York, said that representing Ireland at the contest thus May with a song she worked extremely hard on has meant that one of her lifetime ambitions has been fulfilled.

"I had written this song -Story of My Life - that I was obsessed with and could never figure out what I wanted to do with it," she revealed. 

"So it was a combination of wanting to share this song that's also timed with where we are in society right now."

Discussing the video for the track, Roy said: "we can and we will defy them, rise up and throw a massive dance party to celebrate. The music director Kate Dolan also cast individuals that truly did have their own story. Kate stayed true to the song and I think it will really shine through in the video."

The Balbriggan singer-songwriter grew up hearing the sounds of early Motown and Burt Bacharach in her family home "but also straight down the middle pop stuff, Fleetwood Mac." 

The singer - whose album, Unbeautiful was released in 2008 - started playing guitar at ten. "I really started listening to whatever I could get my hands on, anything from the Dixie Chicks to Britney Spears. I try to ingest as much music as I can." 

Robyn, Kacey Musgrave and Christine and the Queens are all inspirational acts for the musician.

The first Eurovision Semi-Final will take place in Rotterdam in the Netherlands on Tuesday May 12, and the second Semi-Final will take place on Thursday May 14. The final is scheduled for Saturday May 16.

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