So much for the tour. The Common Linnets, this year’s Dutch Eurovision contestants, were planning to perform in small countries like Malta and San Marino. Because these countries have small populations, it’s easy to earn big points by doing a minimal amount of promotion. Unfortunately the duo seems to have missed the boat—and the plane. They are on Dutch television almost every day, so there isn’t any time left to tour. Ilse de Lange wants to promote the Common Linnets CD at home and focus on her theatre tour. Clearly someone is more concerned about consolidating her domestic fan base than she is about doing well at Eurovision!
They may be staying at home, but at least there is good news to be had there. Over the weekend they appeared on the Dutch TV show Opium TV. Cornald Maas, the Dutch commentator for Eurovision this year, asked them about their favourite ESC acts of all time. Cornald showed them former winners. Waylon said his fave is Germany’s Nicole with the song ‘Ein bisschen Frieden’ from 1982. They also talked about their staging. They want a lot of close-ups and Waylon wants the stage to be dark.
Cornald also surprised them with the good news that their song has been purchased more than 10,000 times. That means they’ve gone gold! Congratulations Ilse and Waylon!
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Denise van Beek contributed this report from the Netherlands. You can follow our team on Twitter @wiwibloggs. You can also like our Facebook page to keep up-to-date with all the latest news and gossip.