Aly Ryan has played a massive role in the build-up to the 2020 Eurovision season. Ever since participating in the German national final, the German pop queen has been building serious buzz about her plans for the next edition of the song contest.
As you’re all well aware, the “Wear Your Love” singer recently threw her name — and songs — into the hat to represent San Marino, Switzerland and Ireland at ESC 2020, and she’s expressed interest in representing a few other countries too. That tenacity has led some to praise her perseverance and undying love of Eurovision. But it’s led others to roll their eyes. No matter where you stand, you’ve probably been talking about it — and today there is yet another update.
Just received an email from the Austrian broadcaster. Too late this year for Austria ??
Maybe next year? pic.twitter.com/FipXyPfkko
— Aly Ryan ? (@alyryanmusic) October 23, 2019
While Aly’s DNA tests previously showed links to Ireland, she doesn’t need to take another DNA test to link herself to Austria, another country where she sent her songs.
On Wednesday she revealed on Twitter that Austrian broadcaster ORF had rejected her proposal.
Eberhard Forcher, the ORF Eurovision scout who brought the likes of Nathan Trent and Paenda to Eurovision, implied that Miss Ryan had missed the deadline for their selection process and that they’ve already made some important decisions at home.
On Thursday she posted more bad news: nationality rules in Estonia mean she can’t compete for Tallinn, either.
Email from the Estonian broadcaster. Unfortunately I’m not Estonian.
Comment other countries that you know take internationals below ??
I need your expertise!! pic.twitter.com/bM2tsaBvEI
— Aly Ryan ? (@alyryanmusic) October 24, 2019
But Aly Ryan’s Eurovision hopes are not over yet.
The German recently said she has six songs she wants to send to ESC. She chose ten fans to DM the songs to — to gather their thoughts and opinions — and started hunting for more countries that may be open to a foreign contestant.
Our editor William has listened to the songs and given Aly feedback privately. And while he refused to reveal too much out of respect for Aly, when pressed he did tell me the following:
“On the whole the songs don’t feel like they were written for Eurovision. Instead they feel like songs written for the radio, Spotify, and, in some cases, the cinema. If Duncan, Mahmood or Luca proved anything, it’s that songs that break the Eurovision mould can do really well inside and outside of the contest.”
To build further hype, Aly decided to give her fans a taste of what they should expect. She teased one of the songs she wrote recently and doesn’t plan to send to Eurovision, titled “Future Memories”. The release was first mentioned on Instagram, where the German said she’ll drop the song once there are 500 comments. Later, she asked for 200 retweets on Twitter (a slightly harder goal to achieve).
200 retweets & I’ll drop this song
RIGHT NOW!! https://t.co/kthVH1fAmn
— Aly Ryan ? (@alyryanmusic) October 20, 2019
Eventually, the German bombshell reached her goal, and “Future Memories” was released on SoundCloud.
The song shows the fierce hip-hop/pop quality that Aly is known for, and proves that she truly is a “Babe In Total Control of Herself” as she suggested on Twitter.
We should expect the song’s official release to happen next week, according to Ryan’s tweet last Sunday.
Two down, three left; who do you think Aly Ryan will represent? Will her road to Eurovision ever prove successful? And what do you think of the new track? Let us know what you think in the comments!