Last night, during semi final 1 of Eurovision 2015, the Netherlands’ Trijntje failed to “Walk Along” to the grand final on Saturday. As the country comes to terms with what’s gone down, fans, commentators and media outlets are searching for answers about what went wrong.
A recurring question on Dutch Eurovision forums is why Albania qualified and the Netherlands did not. According some commenters (for example here and here) Elhaida couldn’t hit the high notes, while Trijntje slayed. Others suspect that Belgium didn’t fulfill its ‘neighbourly duties’.
— Anke van Haften (@AnkevanHaften) May 19, 2015
Translation? “The sister of #trijntje but with glitter and a worse voice #albania #Eurovision2015”
Despite the fact the Netherlands has qualified for the final for two years in a row and even came second last year, some Dutch fans have already started blaming bloc voting and corruption.
That seems a bit desperate: This semi included the Nordics, the Baltics, Eastern European and Western European countries. It’s rather mixed for a bloc and, in any event, Belgium made it through. The bloc voting argument is soooo 1990, y’all.
On the Dutch television show ‘Pauw’, presenter Jeroen Pauw and guests Berget Lewis (Trijntje’s fellow “Ladies of Soul” singer), Shirma Rouse and Bert van der Veer discussed the disappointing result. Bert compared the Dutch team to kids in a toystore with too many options. With all the screens and tubes and balls in the air, they may have been at a loss about how to proceed. The guests also described Eurovision as a “tasteless festival” and questioned the camerawork in Vienna.
You can watch the full video here.
Trijntje’s Squirrel Jumpsuit
The ‘squirrel jumpsuit’ gets the hardest treatement: Ex ESC-Topper (Eurovision 1988 and 2009) Gerard Joling blamed Trijntje’s stylists: “They should be ashamed of themselves,” Gerard told Dutch newspaper Telegraaf. “She looked great in her first dress because she has nice breasts.”
Still others say more Eurovision fans voted against Trijntje’s jumpsuit rather than for the song. We understand the importance of a good costume at Eurovision — this is showbiz after all. But to compare her to a gnome after she’s already been eliminated seems unkind. It just adds insult to injury.