Exactly 40 years ago, the Netherlands earned their last Eurovision victory in Stockholm, Sweden. And where is the contest off to in 2016? Stockholm! That has to be a good omen for the Dutch. Rumour has it the country will reveal its artist next month. But who should they send? Here are ten acts to consider.
Alain Clark is a well known Dutch singer and producer. In 2007 and 2008 he scaled to the top of the charts with “This Ain’t Gonna Work” and “Father & Friend”. He also topped the Eurovision rumour mill prior to Vienna, but instead AvroTros opted for Trijntje Oosterhuis. Why? Whyayayay?
Ladies and gentlemen, we present Queen Caro Emerald. Everything she touches turns to gold… or at least platinum, like her first album – six times! The record ultimately achieved a mind blowing 30 straight weeks at number one. “A Night Like This” and “Stuck” are probably her catchiest and best known songs. In an interview with RTL Late Night she was unsure about representing her country, but she’s yet to be asked. Come on AvroTros, go ask her. Because more of the same would be loved by the Eurovision crowd!
Doton is one of the Netherlands’ biggest artists right now. His single “Home” reached number two in the charts, and his latest release, “Hungry”, was a massive hit too. Later this year he will sing in the Ziggo Dome, one of the Netherlands’ biggest concert halls – the show is completely sold out. That could be good practice for a certain song contest! And he’s already a pro at the media game. He’s always top of the annual rumour mill, maybe 2016 is the time he’ll hop off it onto the actual Eurovision stage.
Last year Douwe Bob told RTL Late Night viewers that he has no great love for Eurovision. However, he didn’t go so far as to definitively rule out entering. One thing is for sure, the country/folk stylings could do very well at the contest, just like we saw in 2013 and 2014. He’s also recorded a duet with the lady who started the Dutch renaissance. She managed to convince Trijntje in 2015, maybe she’d do the same with Douwe? Except with a better end result, obviously.
At the time of writing, Eva Simons is spending a 20th week in the Dutch charts with “Policeman”. The R&B diva is a well-established name in the Netherlands, beginning her career with Raffish. Since leaving the group, she’s worked with Afrojack and most famously, will.i.am. Eva certainly has an amazing voice. Could she embark on yet another collaboration and bring the Netherlands to its third grand final appearance in four years? Hell yeah!
Glennis Grace / Ladies of Soul
What is a Eurovision wishlist without a returning artist? Actually, there could be three if AvroTros pays heed to the Dutch entrant from 2005, Glennis Grace. She’s publicly expressed an interest to return to Eurovision with her Ladies of Soul band mates. The other supergroup members are Berget Lewis, Candy Dulferis, and Eurovision veterans Edsilia Rombley and Trijntje Oosterhuis. In just under two years, they’ve become a dominant force on the Dutch music scene. They easily sell-out massive arena shows, while “I’ll Carry You” is their biggest hit to date. These ladies are the real deal!
Ilse DeLange / The Common Linnets
It would be rude to exclude the current darlings of the Netherlands. Even though Ilse and her Common Linnets chums spend most of their time touring, Dutch Eurovision fans will never forget their near victory in 2014. Since Copenhagen, the band recorded a load of new songs, won a slew of awards, and featured on the soundtrack for the American tv show Wayward Pines. It’s highly unlikely that Ilse would return to the contest so soon, but we’re reaching for the stars.
Kensington finished a very respectable tenth in the inaugural wiwivision, but how would they do at the actual Eurovision? The band has a soft-rock sound, which tends to do well at the song contest – think Softengine in 2014 and maNga in 2010. They’ve released a slew of hits over the past year or so, including “Riddles” and the chart smash “WAR”.
Natalie La Rose
This time last year, Natalie La Rose was a complete unknown. But since then, she’s become the R&B singer of the moment. Her global hit, “Sombody”, has propelled her career into the stratosphere. Since it’s February release, the Whitney Houston sampling track has amassed almost 90 million YouTube views. Could AvroTros convince the superstar to fly the Dutch flag in Stockholm next year?
Junior Eurovision fans should recognise these three ladies. Back in 2007 they represented The Netherlands as Lisa, Amy and Shelley. Of course, little girls grow up. Seven years later, the trio re-branded as O’g3ne, and went on to win The Voice of Holland. The sisters have publicly expressed a desire to go to Eurovision, stating that it’s on their bucket list. They need to use their “Wings to Fly” to Stockholm. Pronto!