Whether it’s turning a frown upside down or finding strength in your vulnerability, the act of reclaiming and turning it around has immense power. And so it goes for aspiring Eurovision singer Aly Ryan who isn’t flustered that some have labeled her the dreaded B word owing to her strong ambition and willingness to compete for pretty much any country.
On Sunday the German singer, who has submitted entries to Switzerland, San Marino and Ireland, logged on to Twitter to embrace the dreaded B word that’s been levelled at her in recent days. She redefined it as “Babe In Total Control of Herself.”
So what exactly is she in control of these days? Her decision to submit songs to any country that will allow foreign artists.
It’s not unheard of as acts born and raised in one nation have often represented other countries. Just think of Swede Victor Crone in Estonia, Canadian Celine Dion in Switzerland or the endless stream of Americans who have sung for everyone from San Marino to Armenia to the UK.
On Sunday the “Wear Your Love” hitmaker reached out to fans asking where else she should apply. That’s after she sent hearts racing over the weekend with the news that she’d submitted songs to Ireland.
What other countries should i apply to for @Eurovision ?
— Aly Ryan ✨ (@alyryanmusic) October 20, 2019
Previously she’d mentioned that she was partly Irish — a fact she learned by taking a DNA test with Ancestry.
In recent years Ireland has required that competitors be Irish citizens or have established residency in the country for at least six months. But, just in case there is wiggle room, Aly posted her results on social media.
— Aly Ryan ? (@alyryanmusic) October 18, 2019
The fact that she has DNA from many European countries unleashed a torrent of enthusiasm among her devoted fan base.
We’ve read comments like “Omg queen you can represent France” and “Belgium” (along with heart eyes and a Belgian flag).
A large portion of her ancestry map includes the United Kingdom. But owing to the BBC’s 2020 tie-up with BMG, she’ll need to have a relationship with the label before she can apply.
What do you make of the latest instalment of this ongoing Twitter saga? Are you #TeamAly? Do you want to see this girl at Eurovision? And for who — France, Moldova, Latvia or somewhere else? Let us know down below…