Who is Ireland's Eurovision 2021 entry and where can I watch the show?

Who is Ireland's Eurovision 2021 entry and where can I watch the show?

LESLEY ROY will be representing Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest this year, which is taking place in the Dutch city of Rotterdam.

We've waited a while to get our Eurovision back, as has Lesley. Last year's show was cancelled due to the pandemic, so Ireland's pick has been waiting for over a year to get out on that stage.

But who is she, what will she be singing, and where can you watch the show?

Here's everything you need to know:

Who is Lesley Roy?

Lesley Roy is a 34-year-old singer-songwriter from Balbriggan in Dublin.

She comes from a very musical family. Her mother performed with bands and Lesley started writing songs in her early teens.

She started entering competitions when she was around 13 or 14 in the hopes of getting noticed and eventually got signed to a small independent label while still at school.

Lesley released her debut album in 2008 and hasn't looked back since.

"Growing up in Ireland, obviously the Eurovision holds a special place in my heart, as it does for many people," she said last year after she was announced as Ireland's entry.

"It was a very big event in my house every year, we watched and voted on each act and I became a massive fan at a very young age."

And after over a year of preparation Lesley is feeling confident recently telling Newstalk: "The weird length of build up to it has made me less nervous. As of right now I'm fairly confident in all the work that has been put into it."

What song is she singing?

Lesley is going to perform her new single, 'Maps', which was released in February.

She was initially scheduled to perform 'Story of My Life', a song she released in 2019, but due to the cancellation of last year's show, plans changed.

When is the Eurovision Song Contest taking place?

The semi finals take place this evening (Tuesday, May 18), but that's effectively like a qualifying round.

The show will be broadcast on RTÉ 2 from 8pm.

If Lesley gets enough votes, she will progress to Saturday's final, which will be broadcast one RTÉ One.