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Lesley Roy unveiled as Ireland's entry for Eurovision

Lesley Roy will perform for Ireland at the contest in Rotterdam
Brendan Hughes

IRELAND's entry for Eurovision this year has been unveiled by RTÉ as singer Lesley Roy with her self-written song Story of My Life.

The 33-year-old, from Balbriggan in Co Dublin, said she was "proud and excited" to be Ireland's representative in the annual song contest.

"I had been thinking about potentially submitting a song for a few years, but this year finally felt like the right time," she said.

The 2020 contest takes place in Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

Roy will perform in the first semi-final on May 12 in the hope of qualifying for the grand final on May 16.

The creative director for Ireland's performance this time is Philly McMahon, a founder of award-winning theatre company 'Thisispopbaby', while Philip Connaughton will devise the choreography.

Ireland still holds the record for the most Eurovision wins with seven victories, but its performance has been lacklustre in more recent years.

It has failed to qualify for the final five times in the past decade, while in 2013 Co Tyrone singer Ryan Dolan came last in the final with just five points.

This year marks 50 years since Ireland first won Eurovision when Dana sang All Kinds of Everything, a contest which coincidentally also took place in the Netherlands.

Last week, the BBC announced singer-songwriter James Newman as the UK's entry for Eurovision with his song My Last Breath.

With some acts still to be chosen, Iceland is currently favourite in the betting odds to win the contest with its 80s-inspired track Think About Things.

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