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Lesley Roy

Ireland’s entry Lesley Roy has missed out on qualifying for the Eurovision final.

Norway, Israel, Russia, Azerbaijan, Malta, Lithuania, Cyprus, Sweden, Belgium and Ukraine made it through to the final of the competition.

Australia, Croatia, North Macedonia, Romania and Slovenia did not qualify.

Lesley Roy gave an impassioned performance of Ireland’s Eurovision entry in tonight’s semi-final.

The Balbriggan native took to the stage just after 8.30pm and gave an energetic performance of her song ‘Maps’.

The Dubliner performed most of her track while running barefoot on a treadmill behind stage props and then across the stage.

But it was the thousands of fans in attendance at Rotterdam’s Ahoy arena who were left breathless by her performance.

Irish presenter Marty Whelan was bowled over by Lesley’s showing, with the RTÉ presenter declaring “Balbriggan will be proud after a fantastic performance”.

The BBC’s Eurovision Twitter account also approved of Lesley’s efforts.

"Lesley Roy is putting Ireland on the Eurovision map with this performance,” the British broadcaster said.

Nick Sheridan on Twitter said Lesley possessed “tremendous energy” and added that they “kinda love the animation” of the props to her performance.

Writer and journalist Liam Rudden declared ‘Maps’ the “best Irish entry for years”, while another commented that they “absoutely adore the Irish entry this year”.

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Lesley will hope to be one of ten finalists chosen from tonight’s 16 acts. The results of tonight’s semi-final will be known by 10pm.

The first semi-final is believed to be the tougher side of the draw, with hot favourite Malta’s entry ‘Je Me Casse’ to contend with.

‘Maps’ was written by Lesley and Philip Strand, Emelie Eriksson and Lukas Hällgren specifically for the competition, with her 2020 entry ‘Story of My Life’ released as a single rather than re-entered in this year’s competition.

‘Maps’ was released on YouTube in March and has been well received, with over 1.1m views. The single was also released on Spotify, where it has garnered over 1.25m streams in a short period of time.

Covid-19 has caused some problems to the competition already, with the Poland and Iceland camps recording positive tests since they arrived in Rotterdam.

Should Lesley make it through to the final on Saturday, Ireland will be one of 26 nations vying for Eurovision glory.

Ireland have won the competition a record seven times, but have not captured the coveted prize since Eimear Quinn in 1996.

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