RTÉ has announced that singer Lesley Roy, who saw her Eurovision dream dashed earlier this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, will return to represent Ireland in the song contest in Rotterdam next May with a brand-new song.

The Irish-born, New York resident has spent the last three months in the studio working on a new Eurovision song, and it will be revealed in the New Year. 

The song was written and produced by the Dubliner, along with Eurovision producer Lukas Hallgren (She Got Me, fourth place ESC 2019), Philip Strand (producer/songwriter Normandie), Deepend and Emelie Eriksson (known as EEVA).

"It was a real shame we didn't get to showcase Story of My Life on the Eurovision stage, but had the show not been cancelled this new song would never have emerged," said Roy. 

"I've been working on new material 24/7 and this song was clearly the strongest out of all of the demos. 

"I am just so excited to finally get my shot on the Eurovision stage after months and months of work"

"I believe that it is even bigger than Story of My Life, and will reach an even wider audience. 

"I am just so excited to finally get my shot on the Eurovision stage after months and months of work and can't wait to reveal more information about our song in the New Year."

Michael Kealy, Head of the Ireland Delegation for Eurovision 2021, said: "We were all very excited about bringing Lesley and Story of My Life to Rotterdam this year so it was a real shame that it wasn't to be. 

"However , Lesley's new song is every bit as catchy as the last one and I can't wait for her to perform it in Rotterdam next May to the biggest live music audience on the planet." 

Ireland will perform in the first semi-final at the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest on Tuesday, 18 May at the Rotterdam Ahoy Arena, with the final taking place on Saturday, 22 May. 

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