Dotan is a 28 year old singer born in Israel, but he has called The Netherlands home for nearly all of his life. He started his career singing for charity. He garnered attention in 2010 because of his single ”This town”, which climbed to #29 on the Dutch charts. Here he is singing his hit live on the talk show DWDD:
After a few years under-the-radar, Dotan is back with an amazing new single ”Home”, which is poised to climb the charts too. Here he is singing live at the radio station which awarded him its “Serious Talent Award” back in 2010:
He’s got the talent, but does he have the support of Dutch Eurovision pundits? Last week the hosts of DWDD were reminiscing over Eurovision and how great the Common Linnets were. Guests included Claudia de Breij (comedian, presenter, radio-dj and Eurovision fan) and Paul de Leeuw (presenter, artist and the guy who made the jokes about Sakis Rouvas on live TV when he was the Dutch spokesperson back in 2006). As a final question the host asked them which artist should go to Austria next year. The first name to come up was VanVelzen (Roel van Velzen). But after someone mentioned Dotan momemtum swung his way and it was clear to all of them that he is Holland’s man!
Fast forward to last night and we had the guilty pleasure of watching DWDD again. Dotan appeared on the show to sing his summer hit. The host said he had to ask Dotan one question before they could proceed: What does he think about participating at Eurovision? Dotan said that artists with quality songs can end up placing very high and that it would be an honour for him to participate if he were asked.
We think that Dotan could continue the good thing that the Netherlands has going.
Back in 2007, the Dutch audience lost its trust in Eurovision when Europe prevented ESC veteran Edsilia Rombley from reaching the final. Dutchies called the contest a circus for several years after that and people thought the nation should withdraw from the contest because The Netherlands would never again have a chance of winning.
But one year ago in Malmo everything changed: powerchick Anouk brought The Netherlands back to the finals and secured a 9th place finish with her beautiful song ‘Birds‘. That stirred Dutch Eurovision fans into believing again. And then a few weeks ago, when nobody believed in the Common Linnets (Ilse DeLange and Waylon), they finished as runners-up behind the beautiful Conchita Wurst!
Because of these two great finishes, Dutch people believe in Eurovision again. As our Belgian correspondent brilliantly wrote last week, The Netherlands found what it can offer Europe. We need to keep things simple and send pure, intimate and quality songs to Eurovision. One of the artists who could do that great is Dotan.
What do you think? Should The Netherlands ask Dotan to sing in Austria in 2015 or is it time for The Netherlands to try another direction? Let us know below!