On September 18 Eurofans were abuzz with the widely reported rumour that 28-year-old singer-songwriter Dotan will sing for the Netherlands at Eurovision 2016. But today Dutch newspaper The Metro claims that AVROTROS will actually send Douwe Bob, a 22-year-old known for his country-folk sound.
Many of you will remember DB for “Hold Me” — his duet with Anouk. (At the very least you should remember the photo Anouk posted of him in the bathtub). Earlier this year he topped the charts with his album “Pass it on”.
The newspaper is relying on an anonymous source for its information and AVROTROS has not confirmed the report.
Interestingly, last year Douwe Bob told RTL Late Night viewers that he has no great love for Eurovision…though 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. Douwe Bob’s sound is comparable to that of the Common Linnets, suggesting AVROTROS loves its banjos and fiddles.
Since the Dutch upped their game in 2013, they’ve sent big stars. Douwe Bob lacks their celebrity wattage, but certainly has a strong voice and distinct sound.
Last year The Metro newspaper quoted sources that said Alain Clark (and then Dotan) would sing for the Netherlands at Eurovision 2015.