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Dublin singer/songwriter Lesley Roy has been selected as Ireland's entrant for Eurovision 2020.

Dublin singer/songwriter Lesley Roy has been selected as Ireland's entrant for Eurovision 2020.

Dana Rosemary Scallon

Dana Rosemary Scallon

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Dublin singer/songwriter Lesley Roy has been selected as Ireland's entrant for Eurovision 2020.

singer-songwriter Lesley Roy has been chosen as Ireland's representative for Eurovision 2020.

The Balbriggan woman (33) and her song Story Of My Life beat stiff competition to be selected for the annual competition in Rotterdam in May.

She said that 50 years on from Dana Rosemary Scallon's Eurovision win with All Kinds Of Everything, she's hoping to do the business for Ireland.

"My mindset for the coming months is to train, rehearse, prepare, perform and hopefully bring Eurovision glory back to Ireland again," she said.

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This year saw RTE inviting established songwriters and artists to submit a song for consideration, and a number of entries were shortlisted before Roy's was chosen.

For the first time ever, RTE has also chosen theatre company Thisispopbaby to work on staging the creative direction of Ireland's entry.

Roy said the annual showdown "holds a special place in my heart".

"It was a very big event in my house ever year. We watched and voted on each act and I became a massive fan," she said.

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

She said songwriters seem to be speaking up more, telling their own stories and "being vulnerable", and she felt the same way.

"I'd written this song - Story Of My Life - that I was obsessed with and could never figure out what I wanted to do with it," she said.

"So it was a combination of wanting to share this song that's also timed with where we are in society right now."

An experienced performer, she previously worked with top producer Max Martin in Sweden on her album and performed at Coachella.

Michael Kealy, from the Ireland Eurovision deleg- ation, described the song as "fresh and uplifting - it's a banger".

It will receive its first live airplay on 2fm's Breakfast With Doireann and Eoghan this morning.

Roy will perform it live on The Late Late Show for the first time tomorrow evening.

Ireland has won the Eurovision seven times, but our entries have failed to make much of an impact in recent years.