For many years Within Temptation has been among the biggest musical exports from the Netherlands. And during that time many Dutch Eurovision fans have wished, hoped, prayed and dreamed that the symphonic metal band might one day represent the Netherlands at ESC.
Well it’s unlikely to happen.
Last Friday the group appeared on RTL Late Night to discuss their two-decade career. Among other things they talked about their use of holograms, which are, of course, very in at Eurovision. That led to the inevitable question: Wouldn’t this be a fantastic act for Eurovision?
Their answer was short: it would. But are they willing to take the plunge?
“No. We really like the event, we really like to watch it. We think it has gotten a lot better over the past few years. But we can only do worse [at Eurovision], than in our own genre.”
Sharon den Adel and Robert Westerhold founded Within Temptation in 1996, after both had been in different metal bands.
In 2002 their single “Ice Queen” became a sudden hit and that started their big national breakthrough. Within years they had become big even outside of the Netherlands, performing on big stages all over the world.
Within Temptation may not be keen to do Eurovision, but many other Dutch acts have stated that they would love to represent the Netherlands at Eurovision 2017.
Who do you want to see?