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

Read all of our Eurovision rehearsal reviews

Photo: Eurovision.tv (EBU)

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Lercy
Lercy
4 years ago

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
Thomas Wiersma
4 years ago

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
Stan
4 years ago

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

Goed gedaan!

Bastian
Bastian
4 years ago

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
Deniel
4 years ago

Forgettable

Micha
Micha
4 years ago

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

Ern
Ern
4 years ago

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
Racal
4 years ago

Beautiful, love it.

Bhrister Cjorkman
Bhrister Cjorkman
4 years ago

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
Pollaski
4 years ago

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
cheesecake
4 years ago

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

tove
tove
4 years ago

The average country songs.

Hugh
Hugh
4 years ago

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

Daniel E.
Daniel E.
4 years ago

Yawn…

Whatever
Whatever
4 years ago

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
esc2016
4 years ago

@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
4 years ago

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
4 years ago

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
Österrike
4 years ago

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
Nicky91
4 years ago

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
Daan
4 years ago

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
Denis
4 years ago

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
Österrike
4 years ago

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

Österrike
Österrike
4 years ago

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
Nicky91
4 years ago

@ESCArgy

yeah 🙂

Ms
Ms
4 years ago

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

ESCArgy
ESCArgy
4 years ago

@MK

Have you understood what I’m talking about?

MK
MK
4 years ago

@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
ESCArgy
4 years ago

@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
esc1234
4 years ago

where is the article about greece?

ESCArgy
ESCArgy
4 years ago

@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
MK
4 years ago

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

Gav
Gav
4 years ago

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

Nicky91
Nicky91
4 years ago

@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
Daan
4 years ago

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
ESCArgy
4 years ago

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
Österrike
4 years ago

Did you all witness big clock realness?

Daan
Daan
4 years ago

Deniz.. 2014 after rehearsals? :p

Daan
Daan
4 years ago

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

DenizNL
DenizNL
4 years ago

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