Douwe Bob’s “Slow Down” was among the most anticipated songs of Eurovision 2016. Ahead of his reveal on March 4, the hype helped push The Netherlands into the top 5 of the betting odds. Unfortunately, the release of the video didn’t lead to universal acclaim and he fell back to around 20th with the bookies.
Last Friday Douwe gave his first live performance of ”Slow Down” on the Dutch radio show 538:Evers staat op and his vocals were on point. You would struggle to distinguish between the live vocals and the studio vocals. Best of all, the performance had a lot more life and energy than the official music video — even on this very small stage. In an interview wiwibloggs last October, Douwe said he plans to flirt with the cameras. Well he’s already doing it!
His second live performance was on the Giel Beelen morning show. You can watch the performance here. It’s not that different from his other performance — once again he slays the vocals. Douwe is known for performing with his guitar and in both performances he strummed while singing. Artists cannot play live instruments on the Eurovision stage, but given the comfort and joy it brings Douwe, perhaps he’ll hold his guitar anyway.
What do you think? Do these performances give you faith in Douwe? Can he take The Netherlands back to the Top 5? Let us know in the comments box below.
And if you want to know what we think, watch the two videos below where we talk about Douwe Bob and react to his song ”Slow Down”.