With only days before the first semi-final of Eurovision 2014, the BeNeLux voting bloc is mired in conflict. Dutch contestant Waylon Jennings has insulted Belgian contestant Axel Hirsoux in the Dutch press. Dutchies now fear that the Belgians will turn their backs on the Netherlands—and keep their votes to themselves.
Waylon, the male part of the duo ‘The Common Linnets’, told Dutch newspaper ‘Algemeen Dagblad‘ that Axel is ‘a second hand Paul Potts (the overweight opera singer who came to fame on Britain’s Got Talent). He also had harsh words for Denmark’s Basim, calling him ‘a copy of Bruno Mars‘. But he didn’t reserve his nasty for those too. He added that ‘it seems like some artists got their inspiration on Youtube’.
Dutch paper ‘De Telegraaf’ was just plain pissed. ‘Waylon is spilling precious points, with Belgium in the same semifinal’. ‘People will remember this, and commentators around Europe will refer to it during the broadcast of the semifinal’. Belgian ‘Nieuwsblad‘ ran with the headline: ‘Dutch Eurosong-candidate insults Axel’.
Waylon soon retracted his comments on the Dutch TV Show RTL Boulevard:
‘I might have made some clumsy comments regarding the Youtube-movies. But I really have the feeling that I have seen some of these things before’.
(You can watch the interview with RTL Boulevard here).
The Common Linnets already have some cracks in their reputation, so the last thing they need is a silent conflict with friendly neighbour Belgium. Earlier, they cancelled their promo tour through Europe and Waylon had to retract the comment that ‘the success of our album is more important than ESC‘.
Will Belgium take all this seriously? Will they leave the Netherlands with 0 points in the semifinal for the first time in recent history?
Daphne Dee contributed this report from Belgium. Follow her on Twitter @JacinthaD1. You can also keep up-to-date with the latest Eurovision news and gossip by following the team on Twitter @wiwibloggs and by liking our Facebook page