We have read in The Sun, but also in other Irish media, that the big favorite to represent Ireland at Eurovision 2020 is a band, The Rua. The three brothers who make up The Rua are the nieces of Ireland’s first contest winner, Dana!
Who are The Rua?
But apart from the famous aunt, The Rua has had a lot of success since its creation in 2013, and their latest single entered the Billboard Top 50 in the US.
The Rua’s are Roseanna Brown, Alanna Brown and Jonathan Brown. Born and raised in Windsor, England, but with Irish descent. Their critics described the style of their music, something between Taylor Swift and Cranberries.
Two were the highlights of their career. This year, with the opening act for Westlife’s tour concerts in the UK and Ireland, as well as the participation of all three in the cast of Harry Potter films. They have also participated in other famous film productions (Maleficent, The Crown etc.).
Their goal is Eurovision 2020
The Irish Sun reveals that The Rua have set their sights on Eurovision 2020 next May in Rotterdam, exactly 50 years after Dana, also known as Rosemary Scallon, won for Ireland again with “All Kinds Of Everything”. Succeeding the first of the Queen’s seven victories in the competition.
The deadline for submitting a song to RTE on Ireland’s selection to participate in Eurovision 2020 was last Friday, October 25th. The broadcaster has decided to make its choice within the next ten days.
Great interest in Ireland for Rotterdam
An Irish public broadcaster source told The Sun:
“There has been a great response this year for our participation in Eurovision. It is very likely that Ireland will take the lead in the jury rankings in the Netherlands, 50 years after the anniversary of our first victory with Dana again. There would be huge media interest in Dana’s nephews who would take over exactly 50 years later and represent Ireland at Eurovision.”
In its call, the RTE stressed that the Irish representative at Eurovision must have “previous experience in performing in front of large crowds. Confidence and professional conduct are clear advantages “
Dana supports The Rua
Alanna Brown said their aunt has supported them from the beginning to get to the top. “She was always very supportive and if we have any questions we go to her”.
Roseanna added: “She wants us to step on our six feet and she didn’t want to interfere with us in any way. She’s there to support us, we know that. She’s interested in the songs, what we do and is there to give us advice. We want to have the freedom to be The Rua, and that’s essential”.
18-year-old Dana and Ireland’s first win
Dana was just 18 when her career was launched internationally in 1970, winning the contest in front of a television audience of 200 million people.
In 1999, she was elected Member of Parliament, the first Eurovision winner to do so.
There are not few who think Dana could return to Rotterdam in the Netherlands next May, a short distance from The Hague, where the contest took place in 1970, to relive the Eurovision triumph through her nieces this time.
In addition to their 68-year-old aunt, The Rua can also rely on the help of Louis Walsh, a well-known manager and X Factor UK judge!
Source: The Sun