Rock out with your clock out! Douwe Bob from The Netherlands showed up to his second rehearsal at Eurovision 2016 oozing the same class and charm that has turned him into a fan favourite.

Once again Douwe rocked his classy navy suit and guitar. And when he strummed his guitar he strummed on our heart strings too! He’s got a great connection with his band and he really seems like he’s loving being on the Eurovision stage. During the first rehearsal we thought his moment of silence was something of a glitch. As it turns out it is intentional. The song is called “Slow Down” and thematically the pause gives the audience a second to stop and think. It also gives all of us Douwe fangirls an opportunity to scream for our favourite Dutchman at this year’s contest.

Netherlands: Second rehearsal at Eurovision 2016

Douwe Bob’s press conference after first rehearsal

Reaction to The Netherlands first rehearsal

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Lercy
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Lercy

Not feeling it at all. I know it’s wrong, but I just can’t support my own country. I don’t like the song at all and Douwe Bob is too much of a fake and a PR-dude for me. This year my support is going to Australia. Maybe next year I can support my own country?! Who knows.

Thomas Wiersma
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Thomas Wiersma

Ziet er goed uit… relaxed… zorg voor veel oog contact.. JE KAN HET HEBBEN ;-)… clock en heartbeats zou ik gebruiken in je stuk zonder nusiek .. hou die niet te lang…6 seconden is goed. Nu is hety wat doods en dat zou ook betekenen dat jullie ‘come together’ with your heats beter uitdrukken. Hart kan een kloppen de tatto zijn in zwart wit onder de klok bijvoorbeeld .. dat zou echt mooi zijn… en jij stil staan en overdenken in ‘slow down’ motion en met gitaarstuk naar een top einde werken uitpakken naar einde. TIP: kom met band relaxed… Read more »

Stan
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Stan

Great melody, maybe the best in the contest! And no chance for the Barbara Dex award this year, what a stylish performance 🙂

Goed gedaan!

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Bastian
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Bastian

Im confident this will qualify. Its a song that will convince the viewers as this one will be totally a tvperformance, just like they did with Calm after the storm. Dont forget: watching youtube says NOTHING, it will look totally different on tv. People who think this is forgettable will change their minds, im sure 🙂 This will end up top 5 in its semi and with a startposition in the 2nd part of the final, who knows what position it will reach 😉

Deniel
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Deniel

Forgettable

Micha
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Micha

My dream … Eurovisie Songfestivaal op Mei 2017 in AmsterdamArena 😀
I hope to see Douwe in Grand Final on Saturday 🙂

Angelo
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Angelo

Classy, elegant, stylish and professional. I hope the juries will rank this within their top 5, because this obviously deserves to qualify. As usual the Eurofans don’t like this style (what else is new?), but hopefully the audience that will be watching tuesday will like this. It would be a travesty if this doesn’t qualify. Of course it won’t win, it doesn’t have to, but I honestly believe that it deserves to be in the top 10 in the final. We need qualify like this, otherwise the song contest would become a complete joke.

Ern
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Ern

I personally like this song, but he isn’t The Common Linnets. Plus that tattoo on his neck is disgusting. 50/50 chance of qualifying.

Racal
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Racal

Beautiful, love it.

Bhrister Cjorkman
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Bhrister Cjorkman

Abysmal. Douwe Bob should get som sleep and but unfortunately he cannot do that during his performance like we can, so he better find some other time.

Pollaski
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Pollaski

He was doing well, although I was kinda hoping he’d go for a more 50’s greaser look. Here’s hoping the crowd-singing part they’re going for pays off.

cheesecake
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cheesecake

The pause is probably too long, maybe 5 seconds would be better? It gets really awkward after about that.

tove
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tove

The average country songs.

Hugh
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Hugh

Song’s fine, staging is OK, vocals are good… But he seems like an asshat.

Daniel E.
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Daniel E.

Yawn…

Whatever
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Whatever

Can’t wait till it’s tuesday…will drink a whole bottle of wine and sing…slow down brother, slow down brother…love it !

esc2016
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esc2016

@nicky91

No Bob has the best male voice and tge staging is very nice…

Nevertheless I still dont understand the “cut” of the song what is for…

@EugeneESCUK
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Score based on jury criteria 5½/10

Another male band amongst many male bands this year, all not playing their instruments live. I nodded off in the middle. That pause is just awful, but the purpose is to get the audience screaming, it’s a tad too long perhaps?

chessguy99
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Not sure about that pause. Otherwise, its well presented and a pleasant tune. This should make it a qualifier, but nothing more considering the strength of other songs. My one worry is that it isn’t all that memorable, and Armenia and Russia close out this half of the semi.

Österrike
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Österrike

Sorry for Conchita, Daan. But we really needed to win. I promise it will never happen again.

btw. we share the victory of 1975, the lead singer was Austrian

Nicky91
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Nicky91

I would rather see Serhat qualify to the final than boring Douwe, and i’m from the Netherlands, but i’m addicted to San Marino’s funny disco song 🙂

Daan van Wissen
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Österrike.

Doubt it will be in Hilversum (we got no venues there afaik, well besides the time ESC was hosted there) I think it would be in Amsterdam ( ArenA, Ziggo Dome (Jesc 2013), Heineken Music hall.) Rotterdam ( Ahoy (Jesc 2007), De Kuyp) Den Haag ( Congress building, ESC was hosted a few times here) or Maastricht, who was really eager to host in 2015 until eh.. well. Conchita happened.

Denis
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Denis

I was one of few who knew this would do well, precisely because it’s not made for ESC. And those do well.
This is a classy proper song that the Boss himself could have sung.

Österrike
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Österrike

In order to win Eurovision you have to think outside the bubble. Well done Netherlands. See you in Hilversum next year!

Österrike
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Österrike

It is the only song to appeal to casual music lovers beyond the ESC bubble. The same was true for the Common Linnets two years ago. Underrated by all at first, rooted for from the get-go by me and storming the scoreboard and the charts later.

Nicky91
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Nicky91

@ESCArgy

yeah 🙂

Ms
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Ms

I like it , it’s simple and classy.I think it’s a qualification for the Netherlands.

ESCArgy
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ESCArgy

@MK

Have you understood what I’m talking about?

MK
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MK

@ESCArgy

Yes, It will appeal to the Eurovision viewer. Mark my words. It’s music, it’s classy, it’s a moment of rest, it’s real.

ESCArgy
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ESCArgy

@Nicky91

I kind of like it, but I think that it’s a mediocre song at best and it’s also really dated. Can we go to the forum?

esc1234
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esc1234

where is the article about greece?

ESCArgy
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ESCArgy

@Daan

It actually appeals to most fans , the problem is that it won’t appeal to typical Eurovision viewers. Honestly, the first time I listened to “LoveWave”, I had mixed feelings and that’s not a good sign. On the other hand, it stands out and that’s why people might forget about The Netherlands.

MK
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MK

A definite qualifier! Pure class. Good luck, Douwe.

Gav
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Gav

So this turned from a song I’m not keen on to one I’m really liking.

Nicky91
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Nicky91

@ESCArgy

well it’s funny i didn’t like it at first, then i started growing towards the song, and now i don’t like the seconds of silence

a borderline qualifier for me

Daan van Wissen
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I love how people think the ear bleeding 20-30 second buildup in Armenia will actually appeal to the casual fans. After all the violence musically wise and stage wise I am sure the calmer/cheerfull songs will do better; Netherlands, Belgium, Czech republic.

ESCArgy
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ESCArgy

How more mediocre…? Performing before the impressive like of Armenia, it’s already dead! Sorry Douwe, but you will need much more than some seconds of silence in order to qualify!

Österrike
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Österrike

Did you all witness big clock realness?

Daan van Wissen
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Deniz.. 2014 after rehearsals? :p

Daan van Wissen
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I am such a proud Dutch guy right now. Douwe, Je bent fantastisch!

DenizNL
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DenizNL

Lol I am not dissapointed. And I can not believe where are called a fan favourite now, the last time that happend was never.