After openly supporting her “Birds” backing vocalist after Eurovision, Anouk is reportedly producing a song for Shirma Rouse, who is now competing in “The Voice of Holland”. And, during a recent live performance on a Dutch radio show, she again let Shirma take center stage.
Shirma Rouse, who did not go unnoticed on the Eurovision stage (she was, together with her fellow back-up singers Ricardo Burgrust and Yerry Rellum, the recipient of the Eurovision Times award for best back-up singers of the show), is Anouk’s first choice to represent the Netherlands in Copenhagen next year: “She is fantastic. It is not normal to be so good. She has a very good presence, she’s really a sweetheart and very likeable,” the Dutch singer said about her colleague. Although virtually unknown in her country before Malmö, Shirma Rouse is now emerging as a star.
She is, however, very modest. Although she definitely does not need to prove her talent any longer, she is now competing in the talent show “The Voice of Holland”. Here she is at the blind auditions, where she wowed the public and managed to convince three judges before she even finished the first line of the song “Imagine”.
Heel veel succes, Shirma! Let’s hope that judge Ilse DeLange, who turned her seat last, doesn’t hold a grudge on Anouk’s shade.
This week, Shirma accompanied her BFF once again, on the Dutch radio show Evers Staat Op, where Anouk performed “I Won’t Play That Game”, her new song “Wigger”, “Nobody’s Wife”, “Pretending As Always” and “Jerusalem”, and left Shirma sing as main vocalist for “Heaven Knows” (at the 19:07 mark):
After Armin van Buuren pulled out from the ESC 2014 race, Shirma Rouse is now the only known potential choice for Dutch national broadcaster TROS, should they opt for an internal selection. And, with Anouk’s backing and song, I’d say they would be crazy to say no. But weirder things have happened with the Netherlands at Eurovision, so you never know…
It’s not the first time that a former back-up singer takes center stage at Eurovision: Aliona Moon from Moldova, who was one of Pasha Parfeny’s back-up vocalists in Baku, returned to Eurovision with his song one year later. But is modest Shirma indeed a strong contender, not just an undeniably powerful voice? Is she able to carry the Netherlands to the Final, like Anouk did? I’m guessing that’s what TROS is wondering as well. What do you think?
Bogdan Honciuc is a Romania-based correspondent for WiwiBloggs.com.
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