If you cast your net wide, you’re much more likely to catch some fish. And it seems that Aly Ryan — the fan favourite of Germany’s Eurovision 2019 selection — is ready to eat at the Eurovision table.
The “Wear Your Love” hitmaker has revealed on Twitter that she’s submitted songs to Ireland’s broadcaster RTÉ with the hope of becoming their Eurovision 2020 star. That follows her earlier submissions to both Switzerland and San Marino.
Writing on Twitter, she said:
— Aly Ryan ✨ (@alyryanmusic) October 17, 2019
That she wanted to learn more about her family’s history puts her on trend with Eurovision. Last spring dozens of Eurovision 2019 acts learned more about their family history with MyHeritage — the officials sponsors of the song contest in Israel. But is Irish DNA enough to qualify for the Irish internal selection?
As we reported in September, RTÉ Entertainment has partnered with RTÉ 2FM to select this year’s singer in an internal — that’s behind-closed-doors — selection. They’re searching for “contemporary Irish artists and songwriters with the talent and ambition to compete and succeed in this highly competitive environment.”
Aly isn’t an Irish citizen, nor does she have Irish residency: The German-born star lives in the United States. However, the fact that she’s of Irish descent may open the door. We’ve reached out to RTÉ to confirm if Irish DNA is enough, or if she also needs an Irish passport.
In any case, Aly meets much of the criteria they’re using, as she definitely has “experience of performing in public in front of large crowds” and the “confidence and attitude” they’re after.
Aly mentioned that she has submitted multiple songs, which would breach the rules set down by RTÉ. Their rules explicitly state: “Songwriters/composers may only submit ONE song (including co-writes) for consideration. If more than one song per composer is submitted only the first song received will be considered.”
Let’s hope her first song was her best song.
As ever, some salty social media users have thrown a bit of shade on her plans to pursue Eurovision through Ireland. But she’s already hit back, pointing out that the Irish broadcaster is sending her love.
Ppl can hate but RTV Ireland ?? the responsible network just followed me ????? pic.twitter.com/5eTJgGBnKf
— Aly Ryan ? (@alyryanmusic) October 17, 2019
The thirst for Aly to sing at Eurovision is very real, with one enthusiastic fan suggesting that Miss Ryan pursue Latvia’s selection as they don’t have nationality rules.
Have you tried Latvia yet? Their selection is open for foreigners too!
— Matthew ?? (@tchuqo) October 17, 2019
Ever since she failed to win Germany’s 2019 selection, Eurovision fans have been dreaming of a return from Aly. But she’s made it very clear that she won’t ever enter in Germany unless they reform their national selection format.
In a September tweet she explained that Germany invited her to participate this year, but that she wasn’t having it: “I told NDR the only way I would even CONSIDER IT, would be through internal selection.”
To all my @Eurovision fans, I received hundreds of messages from you guys asking me to re-apply for the German national selection.
I AM NOT. I told NDR the only way I would even CONSIDER IT, would be through internal selection & it looks like they are choosing the old process?????
— Aly Ryan ? (@alyryanmusic) September 23, 2019
But Aly didn’t stop there, and went on tweeting her opinions about the German process. As you’ll recall, she placed first with 44 of the 100 members of the Eurovision Expert Panel, which comprised one-third of the overall score. The televote and jury vote ultimately pushed her down to fourth.
She claims that “votes don’t count” and “opinions aren’t acknowledged”. Things got spicy fast. She then described Germany’s selection method as a system “that lies & cheats” and claimed that Germany did not make the decision, alleging that the show was “rigged” by only a few powerful people.
We should point out that there is no hard evidence of any vote rigging or vote buying, and that no members of the professional jury have corroborated any of these claims.
Are you excited that Aly has submitted songs to Ireland? Do you think that there’s any flexibility in the definition of “Irish”? And which country is the best fit for her music — Ireland, Switzerland or San Marino? Let us know down below!