Douwe Bob has only been back in The Netherlands for two weeks, but this nation of Eurovision fans is not slowing down, brother. Fielding well-known acts with strong reputations, The Netherlands has finished on the left-hand side of the final scoreboard three out of the last four years. And now lesser known artists have publicly stated that they wanna wave the Dutch flag in Kiev, or wherever else Ukraine chooses to host the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest. Needless to say, the Dutch are spoiled for choice. We’ve had a think and lined up six artists we would love to see serving some Dutch realness at Eurovision 2017.
1. Caro Emerald
First up is Caro Emerald, who rose to fame in The Netherlands with her single “Back It Up” in 2009. She released her best song “A Night Like This” later that year, and Martini later used it in an online marketing campaign. In 2012 she ventured outside The Netherlands and toured several British cities, including Birmingham, Glasgow, London and Manchester, all of which resulted in her next album The Shocking Miss Emerald, which reached the top spot on the UK albums chart. A student of jazz, she could bring something similar to the UK’s 2015 entry, albeit with a lot more class.
Dotan is a Dutch singer who was born in Jerusalem. He writes indie and pop-rock — and with the charisma of a Douwe Bob and The Common Linnets. He could show up at Eurovision with anything and charm The Netherlands on to the left-hand side of the scoreboard again. In recent years he has been very popular in The Netherlands with his album 7 Layers and singles like “Home”, “Fall”, “Hungry” and “Let the River In”. We previously mentioned him in our Wednesday Wishlist in 2015. Sadly our prayers remain unanswered.
3. Eva Simons
The only person on this list who can say she had a duet with worldwide superstar Will.I.Am is Eva Simons. Back in 2012 they released their song “This is Love” and one year later she opened Beyonce’s world tour. Things went a little silent for Eva after that, but last year she returned with the finely produced songs “Policeman” and “Bludfire”. If The Netherlands wants to send a killer song to Ukraine next year, then we strongly recommend AvroTros start courting Miss Simons.
4. Jennie Lena
Jennie Lena is the only person on this list with experience at Eurovision. In 2015 she performed as a backing vocalist for Trijntje Oosterhuis. Sadly Trijntje did not make it to the final. Why why-y-y-y shouldn’t Jennie Lena try it on her own? Last year she reached the final of The Voice Of Holland and also released a duet with Anouk, Dutch Eurovision royalty. The Dutch have already embraced Jennie, and maybe Europe will too.
Jennie Lena is the only artist on this list ever to perform in the grown-up version of Eurovision but sisters Lisa, Amy and Shelley competed at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest back in 2007. They re-ignited their careers on The Voice Of Holland back in 2014 and easily won the whole thing. They seemed poised to win yet another show, as they are currently taking part in a show called ”The best singers of The Netherlands” and wowing with beautiful covers. They’ve already made it clear they would take part in Eurovision. Maybe they could take home that trophy, too?
6. Sharon Doorson
Last but not least it is Sharon Doorson, who previously sang in the same girlband as Eva Simons before going solo. Her last hit in The Netherlands was “Something Beautiful” – and it really was. She’s currently competing against O’g3ne to be named the best singer of The Netherlands, and she may very well take the cake. Besides her amazing voice, Sharon also has an amazing personality, which she put on show on the Dutch version of ”Survivor”. Sharon is really supportive of LGBT rights, which makes us think she has both the voice and the personality to wave the Dutch flag at Eurovision.
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