Earlier this week Dutch media reported that The Netherlands is struggling to find a top-flight participant for Eurovision 2018 in Lisbon.
And late on Friday night Shirma Rouse — an experienced vocalist who sang with Anouk in Malmö — let it be known that she is in the house and ready to slay the Lisbon stage.
Speaking in an interview on radio show De Wat Een Weekshow met Shay (The What A Week Show with Shay), the 37-year-old unleashed a wave of enthusiasm.
“Listen, I’ve been [to Eurovision] with Anouk in 2013 — it was so cool,” she said, as reported by online newspaper Nu.nl. “All that energy, that’s the vibe — you’re there for the Netherlands…there are so many people chanting, ‘The Netherlands! The Netherlands!’ It’s so crazy, so you’re really going for something. The Eurovision Song Contest is super — everyone has to experience it.”
There’s nothing wrong with a little ambition, and Shirma has it in spades. She notes that, besides loving the gay scene, she wants to go international and reach out to the show’s hundreds of millions of viewers.
“As an artist I travel all over the world, and to me it’s interesting if I can do more in Europe or America through the Song Contest,” she says. “I just want to go outside of our national borders.”
“After Anouk everyone wants to go to the Songfestival, and I think I could do very well, not because I like myself, but because I can sing.”
She previously demonstrated that on The Voice, having reached the semi-finals in 2013 with Trijntje Oosterhuis as her coach.
During the blind auditions she wowed the public and managed to convince three judges before she even finished the first line of the song “Imagine”.
In her recent interview, Shirma also talked about the different names that have been called on to represent The Netherlands at Eurovision 2018 — names like Martin Garrix, Kensington and Caro Emerald.
But Dutch media have reported that these acts (and others) won’t be going.
“They just do not wanna go because maybe they think it won’t make enough money,” she says. “All these artists are already doing well and if you don’t go with the right song you’ll have a problem there.”
Anouk previously pushed Shirma to move out of the shadows and into the spotlight ahead of Eurovision 2014.
“She is fantastic,” Anouk said. “It is not normal to be so good. She has a very good presence, she’s really a sweetheart and very likeable.”
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