Anouk first let it slip on Friday night, but it didn’t become official until this morning – Trijintje Oosterhuis will fly the Dutch flag in Vienna. Eurovision commenter Daniel Dekker made the confirmation in a radio statement on behalf of AvroTros. You can read the full press release HERE or listen HERE. Broadcast during the ‘Gouden Uren’ show on Radio 2, it was also confirmed that the song will be partly written by Dutch 2013 contestant and blabbermouth, the aforementioned Anouk.
Once the announcement was made, they interviewed the main woman herself. On her participation Trijntje said:
I’m like “Oh gosh, it really starts here”. Last Friday I was at home. I was preparing for my tour, so I was remembering my lines. And suddenly my phone exploded. And I thought, what is going on? And then I found out. That is how things go. We hadn’t thought of this of course. But it’s out in the open now, and it’s really great. I am really looking forward to it.
Trijntje afterwards claimed that she sees Eurovision as a big honour, and that following the success of Anouk and The Common Linnets, it will be an extra challenge.
It’s maybe a bit lame to say Eurovision is more fun now than before. But I honestly have to admit, Anouk has shone a different light on the contest. You have nothing to lose now anymore, it’s now a honor to go and to represent your country with pride. And that is because she put it (Eurovision) on the map again (in the Netherlands). And I also think Ilse contributed to that with Waylon. They also did a really good job last year.
The song is currently being finalised.
Anouk wrote the song. Or, she is currently in the process of writing it. It’s a very surprising song. Totally different than you would expect from me and Anouk. I’m very happy with it. That is also one of the reasons I wanted to do it. When I heard it, I thought: gosh, what a great song. What a fresh look it gives. Then it felt like some door, that opened for me. It’s really something that you start with. It felt for me like: why not?. It’s just super exciting. But with a song like this, and also a bit of support of Anouk, I think I dare it.
When asked about the possibility of a duet with the ‘Birds’ singer, Trijntje answered
You never know with Anouk. She can definitly suddenly jump on the stage. But, I won’t assume that this will happen. It’s great that we have this collaboration and that she wanted to create the song (or part of it). Of course we are in the middle of that process. But that she wanted to do that is great. Other than that, I assume that I will be the one that has to do it. If Anouk wants to join, she can join from my point of view. That would of course be superfun. I think we shouldn’t be speculating about that too much. We’ll see what comes.
No further statements were made regarding when and how the song will be presented to the public. You can listen to the interview with Trijntje HERE.
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Who is Trijntje Oosterhuis?
Trijntje Oosterhuis (born Amsterdam – 1973) is best known to Dutch audiences as the lead singer of the group Total Touch (together with her brother Tjeerd). In the 1990s, the band hit the top of the charts with songs such as ‘Somebody Else’s Lover’, ‘Touch Me There’ and ‘I’ll Say Goodbye’.
Around the late 90’s, Tjeerd and Trijntje began to focus on solo projects. Tjeerd worked with several artists, including former ESC contestants Hind, Gerard Joling and Edsilia Rombley (who he later would marry). In 1997 Trijntje had a big hit with Dutch singer Marco Borsato: ‘In een wereld zonder jou (In a World Without You). In later years Trijntje released songs in both English and Dutch. The lady has a wide repertoire, and it’s not easy to label her with a specific genre. However, her voice is often described as “jazzy” while Total Touch would have been considered R&B. Trijntje is currently preparing a 2015 tour with the group ‘Ladies of Soul‘ (Trijntje Oosterhuis, Edsilia Rombley, Glennis Grace, Berget Lewis en Candy Dulfer). She is currently also touring with ‘The Clayton Hamilton Jazz Orchestra’.
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