Redemption was the name of the game in 2013 for the Netherlands. After a horrific stretch of 8 years of not qualifying for the final, the Netherlands sent one of their biggest names, Anouk.
It paid off, and even secured the first Dutch top 10 finish of the century. What a relief that was too, and surely they want to keep on qualifying. This year, I fear the odds are against them. Semi 1 is looking to be a bloodbath.
Opting for internal selection again this time, a new duo The Common Linnets was formed of popular Dutch country singer Ilse DeLange, and relative unknown Waylon. They are performing a very subtle country downtempo. Certainly a risky strategy – but Anouk at least showed you don’t necessarily need to bring the pyro and dancers in order to get noticed at Eurovision.
Country hasn’t exactly paid off when the genre has been given an airing at Eurovision, and I wonder if this will just pass the average voter by. Having heard it a few times, the melody is simple and quite lovely, as a song I really like it – as a Eurovision entry, I’m not quite convinced it will work.
It would be a shame for it to do poorly, but I’m finding it hard not to expect that. I guess we won’t know if it’ll work until we see it on stage.
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