In the days following this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, the Telegraph newspaper in Britain wrote that Eurovision had finally given the world a song to remember. They weren’t talking about Conchita Wurst’s “Rise Like a Phoenix”, but rather the Common Linnets’ “Calm After the Storm.” When Ilse DeLange heard that, she got all emotional on us.
We imagine that Ilse will need some more tissues after hearing the latest news. Earlier this week The Common Linnets’ new album reached #5 on the INTERNATIONAL CHARTS! Only four other albums, including Michael Jackson’s posthumous release and the Frozen soundtrack, are doing better. Isn’t that amazing? Their single “Calm After the Storm” is now 28th in the international charts.
For Ilse and Waylon, the news must be sweet revenge.
We probably all remember the moment when we heard the Common Linnets perform their Eurovision song the first time. All over Europe people complained about how boring their song was and how they had no chance of qualifying for the grand final. A few months later we all watched them place second in Copenhagen.
Let’s go back a few months to late March. As Eurovision fans blasted the Dutch song, it managed to climb to the top of the charts in Estonia anyway. A lot of fans missed the trick, but the Common Linnets were also charting in almost every other Baltic and Scandinavian country.
A month later and the duo had advanced out of the first semi-final. When the hosts announced The Netherlands as one of the finalists, a whole country was simultaneously happy and shocked. But the positive reactions were not over yet. The bookmakers, who have an in with jury members and the EBU, had a clue that the Dutch had won their semi-final, and their odds narrowed significantly.
On the night of the grand final it became clear that Europe loved the duo for their calm song and their smart staging. The Common Linnets managed to get douze points from 8 countries: Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Poland.
What do you think? Are the Common Linnets the real winners of the Eurovision Song Contest? After all, they were awarded two Marcel Bezencon awards and have truly gone global judging from the international charts? Let us know what you think below!
Photo inserts: Eurovision.tv (EBU)