There are no signs of slowing down from Douwe Bob from The Netherlands. He just completed his first rehearsal here at Globen Arena in Stockholm and we are loving his performance.

There’s no denying that Douwe Bob’s voice is utter perfection. He did not miss one note throughout his entire rehearsal. The performance begins with a camera panning above Douwe and his band as the LED floor transforms into a giant clock. The whole performance of “Slow Down” seems very vintage, but still chic without being dated at all.

The entire spectacle feels like you’re seeing your favourite band at your local bar. It’s also true to Douwe’s aesthetic, which was very refreshing.

Is his spot in the final a lock? Not yet. But his voice and the originality of his staging will only help his cause.

The Netherlands: First rehearsal at Eurovision 2016

Douwe Bob’s “Slow Down”: Reviews and Reactions

Read all of our Eurovision rehearsal reviews

#netherlands are having their meet and greet now… #douwebob is in the house???? #eurovision2016

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Thomas Wiersma
Thomas Wiersma
4 years ago

HI Douwe Bob… last tips for success! Do use 6 SECONDS instead of 10.. this is enough and make the statement of GET TPGETHER.. use the clock and a beating heart to show that human beings get together and show LOVE AND RESPECT… you even can use the clock ticking with a tattoo heart that beats ” in the clock 😉

Be Different and send the message of respect, love IN SLOWING DOWN … use your SEXY EYES.. and package the message in interviews more STRONG.. podium performance and elements MUST FIT.. then you be in the TOP3

Matt
Matt
4 years ago

@Daan, so you want him to unfairly lose against an inferior song? 😛

Daan
Daan
4 years ago

Douwe shows his big cock. YAY Netherlands will win =] I have no idea whats going on but I would love for him to pull a Common Linnets.

Fatima
Fatima
4 years ago

I think that the point of the song comes across really well. Unlike, say, Russia which just seems like an excuse for on stage tricks.

David Who
David Who
4 years ago

That rose tattoo though… 🙂

Leaf
Leaf
4 years ago

The more I listen to it the more I like it ……. I love how simple it is, especially since performances nowadays include rock-climbing….

Nicky91
Nicky91
4 years ago

@dutchie

something new is good for me, look i can’t vote for him as i’m dutch, but slow down is growing on me 🙂

also something new to eurovision, Ira has 4 backing singers, but she sees them as her team, who also have their input in the song, as one big team performance

i’m very excited to see how Ira and Molly are rehearsing together, tomorrow and she has got a very good draw, going last of semi final 1

what do you personally of that song Walk On Water?

dutchie
dutchie
4 years ago

@nicky91
He doesn’t want it to be complete silence per se, the audience decides what happens. Which is, as he announced, something completely new to Eurovision.

Nicky91
Nicky91
4 years ago

@dutchie

well last year Malta had with Amber also some seconds of silence, and they didn’t qualify, maybe silence is never good, i really wanted backing singers for Douwe in that 10 seconds 🙂

dutchie
dutchie
4 years ago

The 10 seconds of silence after the guitar solo are an interesting factor, it could be a disaster or it could be great. I think those 10 seconds will decide on his chances for the final.

cheesecake
cheesecake
4 years ago

The uniqueness is what will make them qualify, agree.
Could do better than we think, but won’t do nearly as well as The Common LInnets.

@EugeneESCUK
4 years ago

I have to say the snippet is very underwhelming indeed, let’s hope there is better to come.

As it stands I can’t see this staging enhancing Netherlands’ chances at all.

Nicky91
Nicky91
4 years ago

@Marc

thank you i appreciate your words for my country, i can now say that i’m proud of my country, for me the best songs in semi final 1, are Croatia, Malta and Netherlands and also Czech Republic has got a nice song

and also thank you for voting for my country, as i’ll vote for Malta and i still need to see who my other vote will go to 🙂

Roelof Meesters
Roelof Meesters
4 years ago

I’m Dutch and i really like it! It looks very promising and ironed out, but i hate the idea of 10 seconds silence! Reduce it PLEASE! At least i wish Douwe best of luck.

Marc
Marc
4 years ago

Love Douwe and his song, and he didn’t dissapoint me. I’m so happy, this will stand out. Top 10 in final for sure. Go Netherlands.

Babychops
Babychops
4 years ago

Good luck Douwe Bob , best singer and song for netherlands ever was Maribelle ” Ike hou van jou” . Douze points from the uk , sorry Douwe nil points.

RK
RK
4 years ago

I have to say: keep it simple for succes. Good luck Douwe Bob

Freyah
Freyah
4 years ago

Well, Anouk did say he had a big ‘clock’ xD

Anton
Anton
4 years ago

Whos “clock” is bigger? What ya think?

oxyk
oxyk
4 years ago

OK, I misread the title too 🙂 good job, wiwi 🙂

nene
nene
4 years ago

the netherlands could be a dark horse this year. in between croatia’s hysterical dress and armenia’s dramatic visual staging i think his calm and chill staging could really stand out. apparently he’s also gonna do ten seconds of sillence on stage to really show the message of slowing down so i really hope it’ll all work out!

lol
lol
4 years ago

@anfrers lmao same ????

Still
Still
4 years ago

@Jesper I’m pretty sure it’s metaphoric XD meaning people will be gagged because of his perfect performance

Anfrers
4 years ago

LOL, I was like WTF DID I JUST READ?

Digital Style
Digital Style
4 years ago

To be honest, if Douwe just stood on stage in silence for 3 minutes with his cock out, he’d win.

Nicky91
Nicky91
4 years ago

Flawless vocals, and Douwe Bob is definitely going for a top 2 behind Croatia to qualify to the final

he’s the best singer what my country has ever sent to eurovision, it’s definitely better than the common linnets, and finally again something different than those annoying pop songs 🙂

Jesper
Jesper
4 years ago

During the song, Douwe will bring Eurovision to complete silence for 10 seconds, to really spread the message of ‘Slow Down’.
Source: https://twitter.com/teamdouwe/status/727124063697657856

Very risky move. Hope it works well.

Fransman
Fransman
4 years ago

I would like to see his cock!

georgekirkas
georgekirkas
4 years ago

The clock thing sounds horrible, it reminds me of Israel in 2012 and that was crappy (sorry, Nicky91). Of course, I will have to see it first and my opinion may change.

Calvin
Calvin
4 years ago

Good luck Douwe! You deserve it!

Henry
Henry
4 years ago

As i said before, Netherlands is the real dark horse this year.

Anton
Anton
4 years ago

He shows his big cock? Winner!

lol
lol
4 years ago

I thought it was saying “Douwe Bob showing his big cock” lmao