During a radio interview yesterday, Armin van Buuren admitted that he has reconsidered the idea of representing the Netherlands at Eurovision next year.
The Dutch DJ did give his fans some hope a while back by saying that he was open to the idea of representing his country in Copenhagen next year, but he appears to have had a change of heart, saying that the Eurovision Song Contest is not one of his priorities and that, as a matter of fact, what started as a “cracked door” has ended up being shut. Despite the outpouring support from fans all over Europe, van Buuren said that he could not imagine himself on the Eurovision stage: “Should I wear a glitter costume and move like Elvis?”
We are very sad to learn that Armin will be a no-show at Eurovision, especially because he could actually win it for his country. As for the glitter and Elvis moves, Armin should know that an ESC artist no longer needs to be as tacky as when he last watched the song contest. Obviously, he has not seen Anouk’s subdued performance last year or Loreen’s the year before…
However, the DJ did bring some hope to Dutch fans of Eurovision, saying that, to his knowledge, Anouk was asked to write a song for next year, although she would not be the one performing it. “In any case, Ilse De Lange would not be the one singing,” he said, pointing at the known rivalry between the two Dutch songstresses. Asked about this during the same radio show, Anouk did not deny that TROS asked her to write a song, which is good news, because it means that there is a chance that she could actually be involved in the process. Which, according to Armin van Buuren, is more and more set to look like an internal selection.
What do you think about Armin van Buuren’s attitude towards Eurovision? Are you bummed or are you hoping that this could open the door to other more enthusiastic Dutch artists that you’d like to see next year on the ESC stage? And how cool (or not) would it be if Anouk does write a song for ESC 2014?
Bogdan Honciuc is a Romania-based correspondent for WiwiBloggs.com.
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