At Eurovision 2010 her song “Ik ben verliefd (Sha-la-lie)” crashed out of the semi-finals, but became the first Dutch Eurovision song to top the Dutch Single Top 100 charts anyway.

And six years on Sieneke has dropped a new album entitled De Liefde Die Lacht (The love that laughs).

Showcasing Sieneke’s evolving sound, the album explores the experiences of women across love and loss and is perhaps best encapsulated in her new single “Donkere Dagen” (meaning “Dark Days”), for which she published an official video at the end of August.

The music video sees a downcast Sieneke walking around a black-and-white world and sitting at an empty table, while she sings about her former lover who she can’t let go of. She begs him to tell her the truth and hopes she can carry on, even if the days are cold, dark and empty. Pass the tissues!

While better produced than her Eurovision track, the song retains the very old-school Dutch sound that she adores. It’s clear that Sieneke wants to keep making music that’s true to her and her style, rather than listening to critics who have suggested she needs to modernise.

Sieneke on Eurovision 2010

Sieneke’s Eurovision adventure was a rocky one from the very start.

Supported by singer Marianne Weber — a popular singer of the “levenslied” (a Dutch ballad style) — Sieneke won the nerve-wracking Nationaal Songfestival 2010, which had one of the most dramatic endings in Eurovision national finals history.

Afterwards, and owing to strong support from Eurovision 1984 participant Marga Bult and Sieneke’s local radio station Radio Gelderland, the song got a lot of airplay on the main Dutch radio stations.

While promoting her new single in August, Sieneke opened up about her experiences at Eurovision 2010.

Speaking to AD, she said that she doesn’t remember much about Eurovision, though she does remember it being an emotional roller coaster.

“Imagine: an 18-year old girl, in a foreign country for the first time. I even studied with nuns for two weeks, to better my English, all just for the press conferences in Oslo. I had to sleep in a hotel room next to Marianne Weber away from my parents. During the evenings, we sat on the bed with a glass of alcohol and some cocktail nuts. We ignored all parties.”

Her failure to advance from the semi-final of Eurovision 2010 did not come as a surprise, as the song catered to a Dutch, rather than a European, audience.

However, both the song and Sieneke received negative feedback afterwards, mostly because of the dated stage performance involving a traditional barrel organ. Sieneke isn’t sure what the fuss was about.

“I didn’t get the commotion about the song so much. We really did choose for a Dutch atmosphere. Because of that, we used a barrel organ as well. If you want a rock version, don’t take me.”

What do you think about Sieneke’s new music? Were you a fan of her 2010 entry and staging? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Paul John Mears
3 years ago

My name is Paul and I’m English. I love Sieneke and her music. I was so sad to see ‘Ik Ben Verliefd not qualify for the final. It was my favourite song from 2010. I have liked Sieneke’s songs since then as well and if I did compile my own top 10s of up to date records as they were released then Sieneke would have had 5 number ones by now.

esc1234
esc1234
4 years ago

I CANT BELIEVE THAT SHE WAS 18 ON 2010. NO. THATS IMPOSSIBLE. SHE WAS 35. THATS UNBELIEVABLE….

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
4 years ago

@johanleekens – I can confirm that. I went to Amsterdam last year and not one single store sold her CDs, which are considered by some apocryphal Vangels or even the real New Testament. I’m so disappointed in your country. Get taste please.

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
4 years ago

Omg legend Sieneke. She was done so wrong in 2010, Europe clearly couldn’t recognize talent that year and missed out on the queen of schlager and animated clocks. An ICON.

BC
BC
4 years ago

But she did fine with televote.

😀

Miss Uncongeniality
Miss Uncongeniality
4 years ago

If she were really 18 in 2010… Girl you need tons of hyaluronic acid, coenzyme Q10 and glycolic acid!!!!… I thought she were in her late 30’s

ouchhhhh
ouchhhhh
4 years ago

.. was she 18 in 2010? She looked like a 35 year old single mom…….. 🙁

johanleekens
johanleekens
4 years ago

Haha, this article suggests that she is popular in The Netherlands.
Let me tell you one thing: the Dutch hated the song the most of all and she still isn’t popular here

Jr esc nl
Jr esc nl
4 years ago

Instead of going to parties she spended the evening eating cocktail nuts with Marianne Weber… I feel bad for her.