She’s the German-born star who made big waves at Unser Lied für Israel in 2019. And ever since then Aly Ryan has been on the mind of Eurofans who are dreaming of seeing her on stage at Eurovision. So, as the year draws to a close, I just had to give the L.A.-based singer a call on Skype to find out how close she is to making that dream a reality.
“The only official submission that I feel that I did was for Switzerland,” she says. “That’s the one you submitted by a form. The rest were via e-mail and I’m still waiting to hear back.” Conversations are ongoing: “There are three or four countries that I’m still talking to the head of delegation.”
I had the chance to listen to the seven tracks Aly has up her sleeve. On the whole they felt radio-ready and like they were crafted to work not just at Eurovision, but also on Spotify or on the soundtrack to a film.
“One of the songs was made for Eurovision and it was in the national pre-selection last year [in Germany],” she says. “I didn’t end up choosing that one even though everyone wanted me to pick that one but I just felt more comfortable with ‘Wear Your Love’. The one that was voted highest overall was actually written for Eurovision in the camp.”
As candid as ever, Aly re-iterated that she wasn’t happy with how the German selection went earlier this year. Despite riding a wave of hype and appreciation, she finished well off the top spot. “It was not a good feeling,” she says. “I definitely felt really depressed for a while after that. Probably like a month or two. I went out with my friends here in L.A. and we just partied for like a month.”
Given the drama and temporary trauma of it all, why would she want to make another run at Eurovision glory?
“Honestly, I feel like the Eurovision fans are the most loyal and amazing and sweet people ever. Which is the reason I want to go so bad. I get messages every single day form people saying, please go, please go. I’m just trying to make it work.”
But which country does she want to make it work for most?
“Honestly, I would love to sing for Holland because I’m half Dutch so that would be the closest to home. But Holland is out of the picture. But out of all the countries it would be Holland just because I’m half Dutch and I feel like it’s a part of me.”
It’s well known that social media can reduce people’s compassion and empathy for others. The anonymity afforded by sites like Twitter frees people to drip acid and lob hate as they never would in real life where they’re more aware they are dealing with real people. Aly seems unfazed by it all.
“I mean truthfully I don’t really care too much about the hate because I care about the people that support the music, support what I’m doing.”
“People can think that I’m [submitting songs to Eurovision] for one reason when I’m doing it for another but it really doesn’t bother me because you don’t even know me. So it’s like if you’re hating on someone you don’t even know that says so much about you and that says so much about the person whose hating because that’s not somebody I would want to be friends with.”
“He’s really awesome,” she says. “I can’t tell you when yet, because the date’s not set yet, but we have a record together that’s gonna come out — hopefully this year still.”
Are you loving Aly Ryan’s candour as much as we are? Do you think that we’ll see her at Eurovision 2020? And are you still wearing her love? Let us know in the comments box down below.
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