Last September Dutch broadcaster AvroTros announced that Douwe Bob will sing for The Netherlands at Eurovision 2016, striving to get the Dutch back into the final. After a very long wait Douwe Bob has finally revealed his song “Slow Down” — and sung it live for the very first time.
He unveiled the song via a live stream on the Periscope app, but it wasn’t without technical issues. The stream seemed to take the song a little too literally and struggled to maintain a clear connection, with the audio coming through in tiny bursts.
The song is an upbeat country rock tune in Douwe Bob’s usual style. It offers a hopeful message to the listener – “Slow down if you can’t go on”.
As Douwe Bob explains:
“Slow Down is a protest song against myself, against the pace at which I live life in Amsterdam. When walking through the forests of Sweden, or riding a horse through the fields in Spain, a peace descends on you and you see everything in a better perspective. It is such a great feeling! That is why Slow Down is also a state of mind. It is the liberation from the pressure of constantly having to do something. You should not let things get to you. Relax, do everything just that little bit slower and you will feel better and see everything more clearly.”
The Netherlands are serious about Eurovision and are aiming for the final after Trijntje’s non-qualification last year. So the question is: can Douwe Bob take “Slow Down” to the grand final?
Douwe Bob – “Slow Down”
Who is Douwe Bob?
Back in 2012 Douwe Bob took part in The Best Singer-songwriter of Holland a show that gives young artists a chance to show themselves on television. He won the final and released his first single called “Multicoloured Angels”. But his biggest success was “Hold Me”, which he sung together with Eurovision diva Anouk.
In 2014 he told a live audience that he really disliked typical Eurovision music, but also said he is a big fan of ABBA. But now he says he is in it to win it and to be sure of that he already met Mans Zelmerlow, last year’s winner and this year’s host, to make sure some extra points will reach The Netherlands this year
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