The Netherlands were the first country to announce their artist, but it looks like they’ll be one of the last countries to reveal their song. On Dutch radio 100%NL this morning, Douwe Bob said that his song would be released on 2 March 2016 – just weeks before the deadline that all songs must be submitted by.
This is in sharp contrast with the Netherlands’ song for Vienna. Trijntje’s “Walk Along” was released on 11 December 2014, making it one of the very first songs to be revealed for Vienna.
When wiwibloggs recently spoke to Dutch Eurovision commentator Cornald Maas, he regretted the early release date of “Walk Along”, saying:
Last year we made a big mistake by letting you hear Trijntje’s song for the first time in December. It was way too soon and we’ve learned from that. This time we will wait way longer.
Douwe Bob told the radio hosts that he was hard at work in the recording studio, perfecting the song. The March deadline gives the Netherlands almost three months to work on their entry for 2016. And there’s every reason to think they won’t stop until that song is perfect. Douwe Bob might have joked to the radio hosts that he’d win Eurovision by charming the cameras, but as Cornald told us, both the Netherlands and Douwe Bob are very serious about winning this year.
Douwe Bob performs “We’ll Be Gone” live
While Douwe Bob was at radio 100%NL, he also performed his recent album track “We’ll Be Gone”. He again demonstrated his talents as a singer-songwriter, and perhaps offered a taste of the style he’ll be bringing to Stockholm.