Only yesterday, Jan Smit, the Dutch Eurovision commentator, told Radio 10 that the Netherlands’ 2016 act has yet to be decided and that there won’t be any announcement until January. What a difference a day makes. Today, Jan appeared on De Wereld Drait Door to reveal that Douwe Bob will represent the country in Stockholm.
Douwe’s name has been floating round the Euro-sphere for the past few days, so the news doesn’t come as a major shock. After an apparent leak, AVROTROS had a secret meeting with Bob, and it was decided that they would confirm the rumours.
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The Dutch broadcaster AVROTROS have now chosen their representative internally for four years in a row. Leaving the public without any say in the matter. At this stage it is unclear what Douwe will sing, although it will be an “uptempo song”, which is set to be unveiled in February.
Who is Douwe Bob?
Douwe Bob, is 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”. 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.
Are you happy that Douwe Bob will be in Stockholm? Or would you rather see someone else represent The Netherlands? Tell us in the comments!