IRELAND / GREECE – Lots of Eurostars started arriving in Athens. Among them, the 2020 and 2021 Irish representative, Lesley Roy with her wife.
The oikotimes had the pleasure to spend time with the Irish singer who lives and works in New York. The first meet and cheer were at Herodeion (Odeon of Herodes Atticus) exactly below the historical rock of the Acropolis of Athens.
First and off the record discussion had a lot of interest. Eurovision discussed of course and it was in general interesting to meet up after a year interacting on the web.
We remind you that Lesley Roy was part of the JUST THE TWO OF US show last spring commenting and voting for the EUROVISION themed night.
Dinner and an interview took place last tonight. Dinning at the seaside, oikotimes got the initiative to invite Lesley to SWELL VOULIAGMENI, where, thanks to the oikotimes initiative, we tasted alongside the dinner, the amazing wine by 2015 Eurovision winner, Måns Zemerlöw.
During the interview, Lesley explained actually what really happened with the camera crash during her performance for which no one notified her although she admits that this was not a key part of her results in the semi-final
Lesley also fairly defends the stage presentation decided by RTÈ and her team and for which she was practising since December 2020.
STORY OF MY LIFE singer seems to have loved the Greek presentation with the Green Box and praised the idea (for which she was actually also proposed and rejected as she wanted to present something which will be more of herself rather than completely commercial).
We remind you here that this is what we also pointed during our live review from Rotterdam: that the idea of the stage presentation when completely explained by the MAPS singer, was amazingly conceited but it was a huge risk when it comes to a pure televised show such as Eurovision is.
Lesley has an amazing time in Athens and now will tour the Greek islands, impressions from which we hope to see soon and be even happier.
The interview ended with her message to all dreaming of going to Eurovision, to follow their dreams and believe in them.
In the interview, we posed of course two vital EUROVISION related questions: Will Lesley like to return to Eurovision or even enter (since she is eligible) to enter the American Song Contest? (actually, what do you think about it?)
🇮🇪 Since she's eligible, do you think @lesleyroyreal should enter the American Song Contest?#oikotimes #eurovision #euro2020 #esc2021 #esc2022 #jesc #sanremo #festivaldacanção #icardeurovisionbg #nrkmgp #melfest #songvakeppnin #eurovisiongr #umk #eurovisionagain
— OIKOTIMES (@theoikotimes) June 25, 2021
Team oikotimes would like to thank Alex for the interview, George for the amazing patience to get and edit the official photos and Angelo for hosting this event in his and his brother’s restaurants in the southern outskirts of Athens, SWELL.
Lesley Roy is an Irish singer-songwriter from Balbriggan. Roy was signed to an independent Irish label in 2006 followed by a record deal with US label Jive Records. She released her debut album Unbeautiful in 2008, which was executive produced by Max Martin and which had a top 40 hit with the single Unbeautiful on US radio.
Until switching her focus to songwriting/toplining and attracting the attention of Marc Jordan (Rebel One Publishing) the former manager credited for launching the career of Rihanna and owner of Rebel One Management & Publishing.
As a songwriter, Roy has experienced international success with releases for artists including Adam Lambert, Miss Montreal, Medina, Jana Kramer, Marlee Scott, Deorro, Anish Sood and Brendan Murray.
In 2019 Lesley was chosen to represent Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 with a song she wrote and produced with Robert Marvin, Catt Gravitt and Tom Shapiro. The 2020 competition was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, Roy had a top 20 hit in Ireland reaching number 12 in the homegrown charts.
Roy was subsequently chosen again to represent Ireland in the 2021 contest, with a different song, titled “Maps”. (source: wikipedia.org)