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'I pushed being gay deep down inside me' - Eurovision hopeful Lesley Roy

Once touted as pop's next big thing, Balbriggan-born Lesley Roy is preparing to sing for us at Eurovision, writes Donal Lynch

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Lesley Roy will sing ‘Story Of My Life’ at Eurovision 2020. Photo: Owen Breslin

Lesley Roy will sing ‘Story Of My Life’ at Eurovision 2020. Photo: Owen Breslin

Lesley Roy will sing ‘Story Of My Life’ at Eurovision 2020. Photo: Owen Breslin

It's almost difficult to remember now the years when Ireland had to struggle not to win the Eurovision. We tried everything from Charlie McGettigan to Niamh Kavanagh but for years nothing seemed to work.

We won everything; even our half-time acts were invariably miles better than everyone else's, but the pressure to live up to Riverdance increased through the 1990s.

As it would get to the sharp end of the voting and as our entry secured another douze points, panic would begin to set in.