Watch the music video for Ireland's Eurovision 2021 entry by Lesley Roy.
Dubliner Lesley will get her second chance to represent Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam this May with her song Maps, following the cancellation of last year’s show due to Covid-19.
She was due to perform her song Story of My Life at the Eurovision last year but the song contest was cancelled for the first time in its 65-year history. Instead, a virtual 'song celebration' was hosted in May featuring Roy.
Following an announcement from Eurovision Song Contest organisers that the event will "definitely take place" across the three nights in May, Lesley will get to pick up from where she left off.
"I’m thrilled to see through this project and represent Ireland at Eurovision 2021 with Maps. I’m so happy with the song and so passionate about it and Eurovision," Lesley said.
"I’m working each day towards representing Ireland in whatever version of Eurovision goes ahead in May.
It’s a true honour and I want to have the best time I possibly can on the stage for Ireland.
"This has been a year in the making and I’m thrilled to finally get it out there for everyone to hear. Maps was specifically written for Eurovision."
She added of the song, "It's heart-felt, it’s uplifting, and I hope people love it."Irish Head of Delegation, Michael Kealy, said he believes the song "is going to do really well with Eurovision fans worldwide."
"I’m really excited about the release of Lesley’s song, Maps, today. It was unfortunate that she didn’t get the opportunity to compete in Eurovision last year, but I’m delighted that we are back with a song we feel is even better," he said.
"Lesley is absolutely focused on getting to perform on stage in Rotterdam, and I believe that this song is going to do really well with Eurovision fans worldwide."
Ireland is scheduled to perform in the first semi-final at the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest on Tuesday, May 18 at the Rotterdam Ahoy Arena, with the final taking place on Saturday, May 22.