During an impromptu concert in a restaurant in Amsterdam on Saturday, Anouk weighed in over who should represent the Netherlands next year, and she said that the perfect candidate would be Shirma Rouse, one of her back-up singers in Malmö.
Asked by famous Dutch producer John de Mol whether she was willing to have a go again in Denmark and repeat the success she had with the amazing “Birds”, Anouk positively declined, saying that her backing vocalist Shirma Rouse would be a great choice. She then wondered: “Who else could do it? Ilse [DeLange]? Pfft. Fuck that. That’s not gonna happen. She has no personality.” She has since retracted her “childish” statement, stating on Facebook that she regrets throwing shade at Ilse, adding: “As I’ve been saying for years, I should refrain from talking and just sing.”
As of now, it is unclear what TROS, the Dutch national broadcaster, will do in order to ensure that the Netherlands will be back in the Final next year. This year, no selection was organized since Anouk confirmed that she would represent the country in Malmö.
On the same night, Anouk sang a song in duet with Shirma, which you can watch below (jump to the 1:30 mark):
Whoa. Shirma has an amazing voice! And anyone who can perform on stage with Anouk like that would be a worthy candidate for Eurovision indeed.
What do you think about Shirma Rouse? And who do you wish to see following in the footsteps of Anouk, who managed to break the Dutch curse and bring the Netherlands to the Eurovision final after nine years?
Bogdan Honciuc is a Romania-based correspondent for WiwiBloggs.com. You can follow him on Twitter @stingovision.