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.

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.

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…

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John Christian Ambion
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Well, she can apply as my wife if no country wants her to represent them at the Eurovision. No doubt she’ll not run out of douze points from me. <3

Amor Amankwah
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Amor Amankwah

Listen, I think the best thing we could do right now is to ignore her. She is obviously feeding into the attention she is getting from Eurovision. She does not care about the contest, only her own self. She does not care about the countries she is submitting to, only about Aly Ryan. I don’t have a problem with people representing countries they are not from but make it about the nation, not you. Show some respect and care about the country.

Tom
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Tom

She probably heard Lithuanian – Attention from 2014

John Christian Ambion
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If she wants attention, I can give her that for as long as I live.

Aly if you’re reading this, please marry me.

An American ESC Fan
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An American ESC Fan

Watch Belgium actually give up Hooverphonic in favor of Aly Ryan. That would be really sad yet hilarious.

Héctor
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Héctor

She reminds me of those typical arrogant and annoying girls that appear in some series and films and bully the main character until he/she wakes up. Really. You know, it is good to be persistent and overcome difficulties, but isn’t she realising she is desperate and crazy? Also, does she really think it is a good strategy to publicly say she has sent song to several countries?

Roy Moreno
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Roy Moreno

I wasn’t even into Wear Your Love, so it’s even more annoying for me to see her trying so hard :\
But why call her a b*tch though?

I am not from Kazakhstan
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I am not from Kazakhstan

she can only apply as song writer or a band member, but she can’t be the lead vocalist for Latvia

Bart
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Bart

““Wear Your Love” hitmaker” – really???… C’mon…

debra
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debra

I only came here to say just this ^^^
Where pray tell, dear author, was “Wear your love” an actual HIT?
Or are you just using hyperbole to cover up your shocking attempt at journalism?

Tom
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Tom

If she really wants to go to ESC she should apply in Belarus, and Moldova keep it real ….
Also UK, Armenia, Greece, Macedonia, Hungary, Azerbajdžan waiting 4 u

Efraim
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Efraim

There’s a very thin line between persistent and desperate. And I think Aly has officially crossed it.

Pancake
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Pancake

Aly Ryan: You either go big or go home!
Half of Europe: Please, we beg of you! Go home.
Aly Ryan: I’m going big!

Campbell Grace
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Campbell Grace

I yelled irl

Azaad
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Azaad

I think by this point she is actually in on the joke- I think she’s interested in representing Germany in 2021 and is trying to maintain momentum

Roelof Meesters
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Roelof Meesters

Ah yes, the FIFTH Aly Ryan article this year.

Trash KAN
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Trash KAN

I don’t hate her but I am getting tired of her announcements. It’s all talk and less actions. The wise thing to do as of the moment can be for her to make non-Eurovision tv and live appearances, collaborate with Eurovision stars, go touring and so on. It worked for Tamta last year when she sang with Mikolas Josef because people’s plea for her to join Eurovision was a success before she was announced to represent Cyprus. Why can’t Aly Ryan do these things first? No one is booking her is it? Girl, find more outlet to express your talent… Read more »

Darren
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Darren

She’s really starting to cheapen both herself and the countries who participate in this contest.

Joe
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Nothing wrong with cheap.

Darren
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Darren

Nothing right with cheap. Cheap usually doesn’t work 100% as it should.
You get the quality that you pay for

esc1234
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esc1234

Her attitude screams desparate all the way.

Magpie
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Magpie

More like Babe not In Total Control of Herself.

Ok I’m bored of this. Anyone else we can talk about?

Roy Moreno
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Roy Moreno

We can always start talking about Saara Aalto again xD

Pam
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Pam

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Dawid
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Dawid

I nominate Aly Ryan for Meme of the ESC2020 award.

Kimi xo
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Kimi xo

Where’s Lisa’s creds for exposing this monster?

Bubi
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Bubi

You in english call people like her, who want everything what they don’t deserve, “spoiled brat”.

Ben
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Ben

Eurovision 2020 should have a special twist: every country is represented by Aly Ryan

KESC
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KESC

I’m starting to think that her account is hacked, otherwise this can’t be true

Žutokljunac
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Žutokljunac

“What other countries should i apply to for @Eurovision ?”
-You should apply to NO ONE country. End of story.

Stevan
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Stevan

The gene pool barely touches Ireland ?
Bitcoh

Poul
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Poul

Stop covering her and giving her attention. She lives for this

Nikki
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Nikki

If Spain hadn’t announced yet, I’d make a joke about Balear Islands being a German colony

Africavision
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Africavision

I would love to know her reasons for wanting to go to Eurovision this badly. From comments I see here, people seem to think it is for selfish and attention-seeking reasons. However, call me naive, but I would like to think that she is being so persistent because she loves the contest so much, follows it religiously, and it is her ultimate dream to be a part of this contest. If indeed this is the case, then I do hope she gets to realize her dream, and go to Eurovision. I, for one, would support her, just for being an… Read more »

Joe
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Joe

That really is what it boils down to. Who could blame her for wanting to compete at Eurovision? She’s certainly not alone in having that dream. My qualms would come down to her motivations. Once you eliminate the aspect of competing on behalf of your home country, which should be the most personal element of it, then it calls into question what your other motives are. Lots of artists do Eurovision so they can expose their music to a wider audience, but nine times out of ten it’s by representing their own country. You’re a product of where you come… Read more »

Joe
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Joe

(There’s also the fourth case if you happen to be an artist who, regardless of heritage, is successful in that particular country or linguistic area, which you mostly seen in old entries from the likes of Austria, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, and Monaco. Like, ESC 1963 had Monaco represented by the French Francoise Hardy, Austria and Switzerland both represented by Israelis (Carmel Corren and Esther Ofarim, respectively), and Luxembourg represented, not for the last time, by a Greek, in this case Nana Mouskouri. And I doubt anybody now or then would bat an eye.)

Jonas
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Jonas

Luxembourg were also represented by an Irish team back in 1975, when they hired Eurovision winner Phil Coulter to write their song, and he gave the performer job to an Irish singer whom he later married. I’m not sure if they had any success in Luxembourg, or if the broadcaster was just hiring out somebody with proven success. I guess that’d be like the Swedish songwriters picking a Swedish singer to represent Azerbaijan.

Joe
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Joe

In their defence, it was Luxembourg. It doesn’t work with Azerbaijan cuz that’s an actual big country with buckets of local musicians, even if the songwriters are foreign. Luxembourg has a bigger scene now, but certainly back in the ’70s their options were a lot more limited, and they, Monaco, and France usually recruited from the same French songwriting pool. And this dude wrote a winner! Why wouldn’t they trust him to deliver the goods?

Jonas
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Jonas

Céline Dion had no links with Switzerland, as far as I know. It seems like she (or rather her manager) were just using Switzerland to get to the contest, much like Aly is doing now. In that case, even the songwriters were originally from outside Switzerland too.

Joe
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Joe

The lyricist was Swiss, the composer was Turkish with Swiss citizenship. They got off on the same excuse all the hired hands did for countries like Switzerland, Luxembourg, and Monaco (they speak the language!). Technically, Aly Ryan does too, but I doubt any of her hopeful entries are in German (let alone Swiss German, which sounds completely different from the German spoken in most of Germany).

Jonas
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Jonas

I forgot Nella Martinetti was actually Swiss. I don’t know why I thought otherwise.

Amor Amankwah
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Amor Amankwah

If she really cared about the contest, in my opinion, she would stick to either trying to represent Germany or some other German-speaking nation. She could also make a submission to San Marino, their talent pool is small and could use the help. It’s the nation hopping that turns me off, it doesn’t seem like she cares about the contest or any of the countries she is submitting to. She could be like Valentina Monnetta and be persistent is representing a country that actually means something to you.

Joe
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Joe

I admire her perseverance. I just wish she wasn’t so focused on making Eurovision a means of self-promotion versus making it a statement on behalf of a country. (And who suggested Belgium? They’ve already got their guys!)

Kris
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Kris

That’s the joke

Xoxoxo
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Xoxoxo

We dont want her in Eurovision.

Jonas
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Jonas

Did people really call her a b*tch, though?

Jessika in Manchester
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Jessika in Manchester

Yes. Go to her Tweet they grabbed for just one example

Jonas
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Jonas

Well, that’s awful. What kind of imbecile tweets abuse over something as trivial as this? Sad!

Jessika in Manchester
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Jessika in Manchester

What I love about this is everyone is hating on her on social media. And that sort of makes her want it even more. That’s how you persevere.

Tajikistan
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Tajikistan

Can I pay her not to try Lithuania? I know foreigners aren’t allowed in our selection, but she’ll probably try still

Tajikistan
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Tajikistan

Give it up wiwi it’s boring now

Tatty
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Tatty

But you’ve made a comment above about the topic? I don’t get you?

Tajikistan
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Tajikistan

When it’s all wiwi post it’s hard not to

DoReDos Fan 2018
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DoReDos Fan 2018

LOL. You’re hilarious. As I point out elsewhere in the comment section, the last Aly Ryan post was 17 posts ago! 17 other items have been published between then and now. Maybe You remember that post because Aly looms large on your mind and you want her to sing for Ireland, Switzerland AND San Marino in 2020 hahaha

Tajikistan
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Tajikistan

17 posts = a few days when on average about 3-5 articles are posted a day. How long between the last Kate Miller-Heidke, Luca Haenni and Chingiz posts?

And I’d rather have Dalia Grybauskaite singing for my country with a song about our agricultural industry, she’d probably have more success than Aly any day

Jo.
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Jo.

I recommend Big Brother or another trashy reality show.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Love Island?

Jo.
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Jo.

The real housewives of San Marino.

James
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James

Big Brother recently ended its run in the UK so that’s a no go.

Alex
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Alex

Babe
In
Total
Control
Of
Herself

Bitcoh?

Campbell Grace
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Campbell Grace

Please wiwibloggs stop promoting her now. It s f*cking boring.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

There are many aspects of this story that I find distasteful, but I don’t blame the author of the article for writing about it. If you find the topic “boring”, just don’t read it. The Wiwi editors will notice it hasn’t picked up reaction and may even move on from the topic altogether. 🙂

DoReDos Fan 2018
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DoReDos Fan 2018

If I click on a shopping site I click on the items I’m interested in. If I’m on a newspaper web site, I click on the stories I’m interested in. If I’m on a blog post, I click on the blog posts I’m interested in. So, um, yeah — no one makes you click?

Campbell Grace
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Campbell Grace

Did I stutter? Did I imply I was “made to click”? No I’m just saying they can post much more quality content than this egotistical self righteous Aly Ryan…

DoReDos Fan 2018
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DoReDos Fan 2018

I scrolled through the homepage and the next Aly Ryan story was about 17 stories ago. So i’d say there’s been plenty of non-Aly material…

Campbell Grace
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Campbell Grace

All the posts have been similar. I personally don’t see the need for them considering it’s going to be backlash comments. I understand wiwibloggs like to keep people entertained completely but the Aly Ryan stories… they aren’t entertaining they’re just hyping her ego even more. It’s a shame because WYL was a bop… but she’s turning into a JOWST x M I H A I.

Tajikistan
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Tajikistan

JOWST, M I H A I and Aly for Libya