They’re a trio of siblings that hail from the same neighbourhood as the Queen of England. But according to reports, The Rua are keen to represent Ireland at Eurovision… just like their aunt Dana Rosemary Scallon.
The Rua for Ireland at Eurovision 2020?
The Irish Sun writes that The Rua are tipped to represent Ireland at Eurovision 2020. Apparently, they submitted an entry to RTÉ and left TV bosses impressed. And it’s not just their musical prowess that’s generating buzz. Their lineage seems to be leaving the delegation starry-eyed.
An unidentified source opines: “There’s every chance that Ireland could top the juries in Holland again on the anniversary of Dana’s first win there for Ireland. There would be a huge media interest in Dana’s nephews and nieces taking her place exactly 50 years later and representing Ireland at Eurovision.”
However, the Irish submission window only closed on Friday 25 October. So any talk of seeing the band in Rotterdam is merely speculation at this stage. Nonetheless, the tabloid claims that the final decision will be made within the next ten days.
If that’s true, it would mean Ireland is operating on an accelerated timeline compared to previous years. Both Sarah McTernan (2019) and Ryan O’Shaughnessy (2018) were selected in the early new year, after their entries had been assessed by expert panels
Who are The Rua?
Roseanna, Alanna and Jonathan Brown are the family trio that makes up The Rua. “Rua” is the Irish for red, which is presumably a nod to their flaming auburn locks.
The country-pop outfit has been active since 2011 and cite Taylor Swift, The Corrs and U2 among their influences. They’ve yet to break into the mainstream but have made appearances on the Billboard Adult and Dance Club charts in the US.
“Fight For What’s Right” is their most-streamed song on both YouTube and Spotify. Most recently, they supported the newly reformed Westlife on their UK tour.
They grew up in the English town of Windsor, but their roots lie in Ireland. Their aunt is Dana Rosemary Scallon — Ireland’s first-ever Eurovision winner. She won in 1970 with “All Kinds Of Everything”.
Who else could represent Ireland at Eurovision 2020?
Thus far, two other known names have come out and expressed an interest in representing Ireland in Rotterdam.
The first is Alessia Macari, an Irish born star of Italian reality TV. She’s appeared on Your Face Sounds Familiar and won Celebrity Big Brother. Outside of television, Macari has released a handful of singles independently. Speaking to The Sunday World, she said: “A lot of people are linking me to [Eurovision] and it’s something I’d love to do”. We don’t know if she made good on her words and submitted an entry.
One person who’s definitely sent in some songs is Aly Ryan. The German singer tried to sing for her own country in 2019, but “Wear My Love” only came fourth in the national final. Dissatisfied with the experience, she vowed not to go for Germany again. However, Ryan is keen to perform for the Emerald Isle… and Switzerland, San Marino, Austria and Estonia.
Would The Rua be a good choice for Ireland? Who would you send? Let us know in the comments.