The Netherlands has not officially announced it’s participation in next year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Portugal, but the rumour mill has already started spinning — and it’s spinning fast! In recent days fans have been whispering about pop RnB artist Alain Clark. And now they have another name on their lips: Romy Monteiro.
Speaking to Daniël Dekker, one of the key figures in AVROTROS’ annual selection procedure, Dutch media Shownieuws put forward the idea of sending Romy and he said he would consider her. And we have to say: she is definitely worth considering.
The 24-year-old came to public attention in 2014 when she competed on The Voice of Holland, where she made it through to the quarterfinals. It wasn’t apparent at the time, but that season of the show spawned at least two Eurovision connections. Her coach was Eurovision 2015 star Trijntje Oosterhuis and the winners of that season were OG3NE, who went on to represent the Netherlands this year.
She may not have won the title, but Romy did win the leading role in the Dutch version of the musical The Bodyguard, where she slays some of Whitney Houston’s biggest hits daily.
The musical also shows off another one of Romy’s talents: dancing. In 2016 she took part in the television show Dance, dance, dance, where she competed in a group along with mother Antje Monteiro, also a musical star.
Her voice combined with her ability to move would give The Netherlands the chance to send a dance track — the first in a very long time. But trust us: Romy will stand out even if she stands in place and belts out a ballad!
Romy also has loose connections to Portugal, where Eurovision 2018 will take place. Her estranged father, who left the family while she was still young, is Angolan-Portuguese.
The timing could work out very well. Next month, after almost two years of performing in the musical, Romy will bid farewell to her role in The Bodyguard.
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