If reports by the Netherlands’ Telegraaf newspaper are accurate, then Dutch broadcaster TROS is poised to send singer-songwriter Alain Clark to Eurovision 2015.

The paper reports that the contracts are not yet signed, but that everything is in place for Alain to follow in the footsteps of top Dutch recording artists Anouk, Ilse DeLange and Waylon.

Parool quotes an unnamed TROS spokeswoman who says Alain is one among many potential candidates.

Who is Alain Clark?

Alain wrote and produced his self-titled debut album, which dropped in 2004. He made a major breakthrough with his single “Heerlijk” (Delicious). It lived up to its title, reaching #22 on the Dutch Top 40.

Subsequent hits included “Father & Friend,” which reached #2 in Holland in 2008, and “This Ain’t Gonna Work”, which reached #3 in 2007.

He’s not completely foreign to the Eurovision world. In 2012 he helped write and compose “Take Me As I Am,” which Ivan Peroti sang in the Dutch national final.

What do you think of the rumour? Does it sound plausible? Would Alain make a good candidate?

You can follow Alain on his official web site and by visiting his label 8BallMusic.

 

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7 years ago

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Linn Norway
Linn Norway
7 years ago

I’m a fan of Alain from Norway. I got really excited when I read this. Make it happen, please. 🙂

Renske
Renske
7 years ago

I wouldn’t mind if he goes to Vienna. It’s a very good singer. He said on a Dutch talk- and newsshow “Shownieuws” that he would like to and that he’s been asked a few times in the past and that there are some talks with the AVROTROS.

Thiefo
7 years ago

Didn’t know him before today, but from what I’m hearing, he’s good! I like him (: I wouldn’t mind if he indeed goes for The Netherlands in Vienna.

LEAPerce
LEAPerce
7 years ago

…I’m not sure what a methyl d is, but auto-correct preferred it to Netherlands. I hate auto-correct!

LEAPerce
LEAPerce
7 years ago

Ever since I found out Caro Emerald was Dutch when her first album came out I’ve wanted her to do eurovision! I think she’s fantastic and would keep up the unexpected theme the methyl d’s have going!

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
7 years ago

I’m afraid not. I need to listen to more of his songs to be convinced otherwise. But for now, the Dutch made the top 10 twice straight with 2 of the most unusual and unexpected ballads to be sent; one that could have won the contest in the 1960s, and a soft-country-rock tune .

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. They need to continue sending ballads with a sound no one expects, that no one hears coming. I still think Lisa Lois (my first choice) is perfect for such a ballad.

Diane
Diane
7 years ago

Yes Caro Emerald would be soo great, maybe the dutch broadcaster should approach her. So many great quality songs (and the diversity of musical genre as well) has been sent by the netherlands for the past 2 years, and it is very amazing. I hope they will continue to do this pattern for the next edition, not for the sake of the netherlands, but also for the credibilty of Eurovision as well. If it’s actually Alain Clark, then he better make a song that, at least, has the same quality as “Birds” and “Calm After the Storm”

Alex
Alex
7 years ago

No thanks. That would be a let-down. I mean after Anouk and Ilse you send Alain?? Yuck! They should approach Caro Emerald.

Deven O'Kearney
Deven O'Kearney
7 years ago

I wonder what modern Eurovision would look like in Amsterdam??? :I
The good thing about the Netherlands is that there are a number of good venues that could host the contest if they win.

In Amsterdam
Amsterdam Arena (50,000 people)
Ziggo Dome (17,000 people)

In Rotterdam
De Kuip (11,000 people)
Ahoy Rotterdam (10,000 people)

In Arnheim
Gelderome (40,000 people).

Deven O'Kearney
Deven O'Kearney
7 years ago

The Netherlands’ approach to the Eurovision Song Contest has changed for the best and I would not be surprised if they won in Vienna.

Deven O'Kearney
Deven O'Kearney
7 years ago

I think Alain can keep up the Netherland’s winning streak. I really do.

Bledar Leka
Bledar Leka
7 years ago

I think they should follow Russia’s idea of sending a JESC former winner and send Ralf Mackenbach.

beccaboo1212
7 years ago

Eh. I prefer a former JESC representative (Netherlands 2003-2008). Probably Marissa (2008) or Kimberly (2006).

Ryan S
Ryan S
7 years ago

It would be amazing to have Alain Clark represent The Netherlands. However, he should really avoid sounding like Basim (Denmark 2014). Although I like Alain’s music much better, I’m afraid some people will think it’s a Basim rip off. Nevertheless I’m quite sure Alain will perform very well in Vienna!

Martijn van der Veen
7 years ago

He would be the third in a tradition of pop musicians entering eurovision for the Netherlands. Would be great if he does, hopefully with a good song!