Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021

Ireland participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021, having internally selected Lesley Roy as their representative with the song "Maps". She was due to compete in the 2020 contest with "Story of My Life" before the event's cancellation. "Maps" failed to qualify for the grand finale, placing last in the semi-final with 20 points.

Eurovision Song Contest 2021
Country Ireland
National selection
Selection processInternal Selection
Selection date(s)Artist: 17 December 2020
Song: 26 February 2021
Selected entrantLesley Roy
Selected song"Maps"
Selected songwriter(s)Lesley Roy
Lukas Hällgren
Philip Strand
Normandie
Deepend
Emelie Eriksson
Finals performance
Semi-final resultFailed to qualify
(16th, 20 points)
Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2020 2021

BackgroundEdit

Prior to the 2021 Contest, Ireland had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 52 times since its first entry in 1965.[1] Ireland has won the contest a record seven times in total. The country's first win came in 1970, with then-18-year-old Dana winning with "All Kinds of Everything". Ireland holds the record for being the only country to win the contest three times in a row (in 1992, 1993 and 1994), as well as having the only three-time winner (Johnny Logan, who won in 1980 as a singer, 1987 as a singer-songwriter, and again in 1992 as a songwriter). In 2011 and 2012, Jedward represented the nation for two consecutive years, managing to qualify to the final both times and achieve Ireland's highest position in the contest since 2000, placing eighth in 2011 with the song "Lipstick". However, in 2013, despite managing to qualify to the final, Ryan Dolan and his song "Only Love Survives" placed last in the final. The Irish entries from 2014 to 2017 all failed to qualify for the final. Ireland once again qualified for the final in 2018 with the song Together performed by Ryan O'Shaughnessy, placing 16th in the grand final. However, in 2019, Ireland once again failed to qualify for the final, placing last in the second semi-final with Sarah McTernan and the song "22".

Before EurovisionEdit

Internal selectionEdit

On 17 December 2020, RTÉ announced that they had again internally selected Lesley Roy to represent Ireland in Rotterdam. The song, entitled "Maps", was released on 26 February 2021.[2] The song was written by Roy, Lukas Hällgren, Philip Strand, Normandie, Deepend and Emelie Eriksson.[3]

At EurovisionEdit

According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the "Big 5" (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete in the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot. For the 2021 contest, the semi-final allocation draw held for 2020 which was held on 28 January 2020, was used. Ireland was placed into the first semi-final, which was held on 18 May 2021, and performed in the first half of the show.[4]

Once all the competing songs for the 2021 contest had been released, the running order for the semi-finals was decided by the shows' producers rather than through another draw, so that similar songs were not placed next to each other. Ireland was set to perform in position 7, following the entry from North Macedonia and preceding the entry from Cyprus.[5]

VotingEdit

Voting during the three shows involved each country awarding two sets of points from 1-8, 10 and 12: one from their professional jury and the other from televoting. Each nation's jury consisted of five music industry professionals who are citizens of the country they represent, with a diversity in gender and age represented. The judges assess each entry based on the performances during the second Dress Rehearsal of each show, which takes place the night before each live show, against a set of criteria including: vocal capacity; the stage performance; the song's composition and originality; and the overall impression by the act.[6] Jury members may only take part in panel once every three years, and are obliged to confirm that they are not connected to any of the participating acts in a way that would impact their ability to vote impartially. Jury members should also vote independently, with no discussion of their vote permitted with other jury members.[7] The exact composition of the professional jury, and the results of each country's jury and televoting were released after the grand final; the individual results from each jury member were also released in an anonymised form.[8][9]

Points awarded to IrelandEdit

Points awarded to Ireland (Semi-final 1)[10]
Score Televote Jury
12 points
10 points
8 points
7 points
6 points
5 points
4 points
3 points
2 points   Australia
1 point

Points awarded by IrelandEdit

Detailed voting resultsEdit

The following members comprised the Irish jury:[8][9]

Detailed voting results from Ireland (Semi-final 1)[10]
Draw Country Jury Televote
Juror A Juror B Juror C Juror D Juror E Average Rank Points Rank Points
01   Lithuania 15 3 7 5 5 6 5 1 12
02   Slovenia 10 9 13 15 13 14 15
03   Russia 5 2 10 8 2 3 8 10 1
04   Sweden 13 15 9 4 6 10 1 7 4
05   Australia 9 14 11 10 3 11 13
06   North Macedonia 1 11 15 9 14 9 2 14
07   Ireland
08   Cyprus 12 7 5 3 7 7 4 5 6
09   Norway 2 10 4 11 15 8 3 9 2
10   Croatia 8 1 2 2 8 2 10 4 7
11   Belgium 7 8 14 12 10 13 12
12   Israel 11 12 6 7 9 12 6 5
13   Romania 14 13 12 13 11 15 8 3
14   Azerbaijan 6 5 3 6 4 4 7 11
15   Ukraine 4 6 1 14 12 5 6 3 8
16   Malta 3 4 8 1 1 1 12 2 10
Detailed voting results from Ireland (Final)[11]
Draw Country Jury Televote
Juror A Juror B Juror C Juror D Juror E Average Rank Points Rank Points
01   Cyprus 13 13 5 9 24 13 13
02   Albania 25 24 24 26 19 26 26
03   Israel 22 20 20 15 9 20 20
04   Belgium 14 5 26 22 2 8 3 24
05   Russia 12 8 6 21 14 15 14
06   Malta 6 2 9 1 5 2 10 7 4
07   Portugal 7 11 23 13 6 12 9 2
08   Serbia 16 16 21 19 12 22 18
09   United Kingdom 20 22 17 25 10 23 21
10   Greece 17 14 8 7 7 11 19
11    Switzerland 1 7 12 8 17 6 5 8 3
12   Iceland 2 6 2 3 16 3 8 2 10
13   Spain 10 21 13 23 26 21 25
14   Moldova 21 26 22 11 25 25 15
15   Germany 8 25 25 16 15 19 16
16   Finland 19 17 19 12 22 24 6 5
17   Bulgaria 15 19 16 6 4 10 1 11
18   Lithuania 26 3 10 5 11 7 4 1 12
19   Ukraine 3 12 1 20 23 5 6 3 8
20   France 9 1 18 2 1 1 12 4 7
21   Azerbaijan 11 9 3 10 13 9 2 22
22   Norway 4 15 4 4 8 4 7 12
23   Netherlands 5 18 7 18 20 14 23
24   Italy 24 4 15 24 21 17 5 6
25   Sweden 18 23 14 17 3 16 10 1
26   San Marino 23 10 11 14 18 18 17

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ireland Country Profile". EBU. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
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  3. ^ "Lesley Roy's story continues for Ireland". Eurovision. 17 December 2020.
  4. ^ Groot, Evert (17 November 2020). "2020 Semi-Final line-up to stay for 2021". eurovision.tv. Eurovision Song Contest. Archived from the original on 18 November 2020. Retrieved 17 November 2020.
  5. ^ "Semi-Final running orders revealed". Eurovision.tv. 30 March 2021. Retrieved 30 March 2021.
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  7. ^ "Fairness–Eurovision Song Contest". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 26 May 2021. Retrieved 26 May 2021.
  8. ^ a b "Juries in the First Semi-Final of Rotterdam 2021". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 26 May 2021. Retrieved 26 May 2021.
  9. ^ a b "Juries in the Grand Final of Rotterdam 2021". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 26 May 2021. Retrieved 26 May 2021.
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  11. ^ a b "Results of the Grand Final of Rotterdam 2021". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 28 May 2021. Retrieved 28 May 2021.