Netherlands, Waylon, 2

Nearly a month ago, Waylon revealed that he would present five new songs from his upcoming album The World Can Wait. One of these five songs will be his Eurovision entry, but which one will remain a secret until this Friday. After presenting his first song “Back Together” last Friday, he presented his second song “Outlaw In Em” today. 

“Back Together” has had a mixed reception, with many people arguing that this song won’t be the entry. Many readers commented that the song was more of an album filler for Waylon’s upcoming album than a worthy Eurovision entry from him.

Whereas “Back Together” was a slower country ballad, “Outlaw In Em” is more on the edgier and rockier side. It still holds on to Waylon’s country roots though. The song is uptempo and features a lot of electric guitars riffs.  According to Waylon, everyone is somewhat tough as he sings “Everyone’s got an outlaw in ’em”.

The interesting part is that this song is 3 minutes and 33 seconds long, which is too long for Eurovision standards. “Back Together” is exactly three minutes though — does this suggest that “Outlaw In Em” is not his Eurovision song? Would Waylon spoil his secret this way?

This leaves Waylon with three more songs to come: “The World Can Wait” will be presented on 27 February, “That’s How She Goes” on 28 February and “Thanks But No Thanks” on 1 March.

The hype among the Dutch audience doesn’t seem to be that big. The talkshow De Wereld Draait Door, in which he presents his songs, did not receive more viewers last Friday than usual.

The show clocked up about 1.698.000 viewers, that made it the fourth most watched programme that day, which is more or less the same amount of viewers the show gets on other days. Maybe people will be waiting for the reveal on Friday to tune in?

Do you think that Waylon should sing “Outlaw In Em” at Eurovision 2018 in Lisbon? Or do you prefer “Back Together”? Let us know in the comments below!

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indarisinda
indarisinda
3 years ago

I love this!

Hans Lorentz
Hans Lorentz
3 years ago

IT’S A GOOD ROCK & ROLL SONG.
BUT PERHAPS NOT SUITED FOR EUROVISION.
BUT IT STILL CAN WIN.
YOU NEVER KNOW WITH EUROVISION.
WHY NOT GIVE IT A TRY!!!

Joe
Joe
3 years ago

Ooh, I like this a lot! If he shortens it a little, it’ll be perfect. Reminds me of “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy” by Big & Rich, one of the few modern country songs I like. (Yeah, funny how I usually dislike country music but don’t mind it at all when it shows up in Eurovision…except maybe Texas Lightning, but that was just all kinds of embarrassing).

Leo M
Leo M
3 years ago

I like this. Getting a lot of AC/DC vibes.

Sage Anderson
Sage Anderson
3 years ago

Even though it’s longer, …I feel like this one may be the one because of the gap between song 1 and song 2? I don’t know

sea
sea
3 years ago

this one is the best among 3

Pandaman
Pandaman
3 years ago

Is he planning to represent Netherlands in Eurovision 1985 somehow?

Sander
3 years ago

The Common Linnets were clearly robbed in 2014. If enough people are still a bit angry because of that, Waylon has a good shot of winning this year.

Stoffel Belgium
Stoffel Belgium
3 years ago

Honestly… what a true artist. I like this song very much, and it would be already in my top 3. Without any doubt.

Julia
Julia
3 years ago

It seems he knows exactly what he is doing to get Eurovision to Amsterdam in 2019. Love it!

West
West
3 years ago

This is definitely better then the first song – I love it! I don’t think the lenght of the song is a proof that this isn’t the one they picked since this song could be easily shortened to 3 minutes – just cut the needlessly long ending. It could also be a diversion – they make it seem that the song is too long so people would think it’s not the one.
Anyway:
1. Outlaw in Em
2. Back Together

Kaz
Kaz
3 years ago

Better than the first. This could bring some much needed energy at Eurovision this year. I wouldn’t mind if this was sent at all.

Daan
Daan
3 years ago

See y’all in Amsterdam next year! <3 Waylon, you rock. THANKS DUDE. To me this feels like our song this year, and I am LOVING every second.

Dew
Dew
3 years ago

Why does he have to sing like he has an Southern American accent?
I felt like I was watching American Idol country week when watching this.
And up next is: Carrie Underwood with Independence Day.

Bastian
Bastian
3 years ago
Reply to  Dew

Who cares about the accent. Didnt stop Sertab, Lena, Jamala and Dima from winning.

SW
SW
3 years ago
Reply to  Dew

He often visits that part of the US, that’s probably why

dutchie
dutchie
3 years ago
Reply to  Dew

Waylon grew up listening to his idol Waylon Jennings. He even lived with him for a while as a 20 year old boy.

And you have to sing country music with the Southern twang… but that’s just my opinion.

Random Guy
Random Guy
3 years ago

If he does sing “Thanks But No Thanks” it will be just like “Hvala Ne!” from Slovenia.

Debbie Scheffers
Debbie Scheffers
3 years ago

With this song Waylon can show his great stage performance which Europe hasn’t seen yet. I love both songs but I hope he will show something different than the slow song Calm after the storm. I went to his concert and these types of songs had the most impact on the crowd. So let’s hope this is going to be the one!

EUROFAN MEXICO
EUROFAN MEXICO
3 years ago

THIS IS GOOD

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
3 years ago

This is great! It’s like stepping into a bar in the USA in the middle of the ESC!
Waylon is fantastic with songs like this. I’m beginning to get scared of a Dutch victory grab.

Ari
Ari
3 years ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

I’m hoping for that! He already should have won in 2014 with Ilse. I have a feeling Tuesday’s song might be the one.

Kris
Kris
3 years ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

What’s scary about that?

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
3 years ago
Reply to  Kris

It’s a British figure of speech: Being scared of the competition defeating you.
Example in sport: “I’m scared of a German triumph.”

Henrikh Mugosa
Henrikh Mugosa
3 years ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

There’s nothing to be scared about. 1975 was the last time The Netherlands won. Apart from the Common Linnets’ 2nd place, they had only one 4th place & two 5th places since then. So, another Dutch victory would be more than welcome. As long as the song is good.

Ohi
Ohi
3 years ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

If this is the song I might even bet on Holland

Daniel
Daniel
3 years ago

Schlager supporters must be suicidal right now because this year is turning into one so diverse it will be very hard to predict where the direction will shift in the following years.
Well, schlager-bop-breathers always have Sweden to save their day.

For me, I am in love with this song. Waylon is so versatile it’s hard to believe. If any of the other three entries is as strong or even stronger than this, The Netherlands has another Top 10 in the bag.

AngieP
AngieP
3 years ago

That’s a weird combination. It’s rock, country, more or less dynamic at times. I love his voice but I think it doesn’t really fit the song. Also, strange choice for Eurovision. I prefer the first song for now. Looking forward to tomorrow!

AngieP
AngieP
3 years ago
Reply to  AngieP

P.S.: I like the diversity so far.

Rayne
Rayne
3 years ago

Well, it’s going to be a very diverse year as it seems. That’s a very good thing. That’s boring when more than half of the acts are either pop songs (or bops as some put it) or just ballads. We need different type of songs for each taste.

Ron Kavaler
Editor
3 years ago

It’s not bad, if directed well for TV, could be a nice performance at Eurovision. He’s good.

Ohi
Ohi
3 years ago

Love… I’ve enjoyed it in a way I’ve hardly enjoyed anything this year. If this turned out to be the song I won’t be mad

Roxy
Roxy
3 years ago

This is definitely better than the first one. Very intriguing, love it! I’d happily settle for this one.

Mio
Mio
3 years ago

Playing on repeat and loving it!
Upbeat energy, passionate vocals, and humorous clever lyrics.
This would be one of my favorites for ESC 018 – top 5 at least.

suuperman
suuperman
3 years ago

Stop faking that dumb rural accent and it’s a decent song…

Rich
Rich
3 years ago

WOW! I am starting to get excited. What an excellent song. Can’t wait to hear the rest. His voice is so versatile that’s for sure. His “Seeds” album is proof of that.

Will it be soul/pop/funk or reggae next?….. he has it all.

Daniel
Daniel
3 years ago
Reply to  Rich

My bets are: a country ballad, a bluegrass and another country rock/americana with a different twist

Sabrina
Sabrina
3 years ago

I prefer his vocals on the first track, but that’s the southern rock vibe I’ve been waiting for since he was announced. Since it has more than 3 minutes, it’s probably not the one yet, but I would like to see something like that on Eurovision. It would stand out for sure.

Rory
Rory
3 years ago

I can see this in a bar setting.
And an anthemic rock hymn come May.

Why not tho? This already is MILES away from all the others, playing in a different league.

gdfg
gdfg
3 years ago

Love it!!!!

Jo
Jo
3 years ago

It started as an tradicional-country-wannabe, but then came the country-rock sound…amazing! It’s a sure qualifier, but let’s hope for a sure winner among the next songs.

Jo
Jo
3 years ago
Reply to  Jo

I want Eugent and Waylon to be buddies in Lisbon.

Sabrina
Sabrina
3 years ago
Reply to  Jo

Oh, I would love to watch they singing a duet.

Weißbrot
Weißbrot
3 years ago

I just want to take some time to appreciate how diverse this year already is! I don’t think this year is bad at all, but People will always complain so idc. Looking forward to Waylon’s other Songs. ^^

KESC
KESC
3 years ago

Off-Topic:
Another confirmed date for the song reveal: Cezar’s song will be released on the 8th of March.

The Netherlands: 2nd March
Cyprus: 2nd March
Belgium: 6th March
Israel: 10th March
Bulgaria: 12th March
Australia, Azerbaijan, Macedonia, Ireland, Russia and Georgia will all probably release their entries on the beginning of March as well.

Looking forward for the internally selected songs.

Africavision
Africavision
3 years ago
Reply to  KESC

Thank you for sharing. 🙂

Marko
Marko
3 years ago

This is right on the merge of being another K-rose track in GTA and quite enjoyable. I don’t really dig country music, but this suprised me tbh.

Ekinator
Ekinator
3 years ago

I think this song is better than the other song. It’s so catchy and i’m not sure but I have never heard a song like this on Eurovision stage. So maybe other three songs are better than this but if Waylon choose this song I think we can say Amsterdam will host the Eurovision 2019!

MrBrightside
MrBrightside
3 years ago

Amazing! I’m so excited for the Netherlands this year. Another great song from them and there are still three more!

Weißbrot
Weißbrot
3 years ago

The verses are better than the Chorus, but I already like this more than the first song.

Ari
Ari
3 years ago

I like it, but I am pretty sure we haven’t heard the Eurovision song yet. Judging from the titles, I am most curious about “The World Can Wait”, due to be performed tomorrow. Still hoping for THE song. Come on, Waylon.

AzeriChico
AzeriChico
3 years ago

I like it. The musical diversity, HONEY! 😀 It looks like we will have little bit of everything in this year’s contest: country, pop, ballads, folk, metal, opera etc.

Julie L
Julie L
3 years ago

Wow I’ve been waiting for this all weekend. It’s great as expected and really catchy. I think he’s going to go with 5 completely different types of songs to show his versatility as he does on his Seeds album. I can’t get this one out of my head but I think he will be more inclined to go with Back Together as opposed to this. I’m undecided but think I prefer this! I think there is the best still to come. I hope he produces something Reggae like, like Seeds the title track from his last album! His voice really… Read more »

AntonESC
AntonESC
3 years ago

Love this song! ?

Muyi
Muyi
3 years ago

I love it am glad Waylon ain’t scared to take risk

Carla
Carla
3 years ago

Love this one! Would really stand out in the crowd. In a good way!
Didn’t notice the overtime. So that probably says enough. But I would love Waylon to send in this song.

Daniel_2017
Daniel_2017
3 years ago

Oh God, not another country song in Eurovision! What’s with the Dutch people and country music?!

Niels
3 years ago
Reply to  Daniel_2017

What’s wrong with Country music?

Daniel_2017
Daniel_2017
3 years ago
Reply to  Niels

I’m not sayng there’s anything wrong, I just don’t like it. It may be my least favourite genre out there

Weißbrot
Weißbrot
3 years ago
Reply to  Daniel_2017

I liked Douwe Bob more tho, he was in my top 10. Not quite sure Waylon could achieve this with the two Songs he already released…

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
3 years ago
Reply to  Daniel_2017

We don’t have a country song this year yet so why not? It would be a great adition among all the ballads and the pop songs.

Daniel
Daniel
3 years ago
Reply to  Daniel_2017

The Netherlands is the European capital of country music, what is the problem? The Netherlands has made a great choice going for country once every two years, which has resulted in three qualifications out of four, a 2nd place (their best result since 1975) and another close to the Top 10. If Waylon goes for a song like this, I can easily predict another Top 10 because there is no other song out there to eclipse this.

Aline Hoerwuf
Aline Hoerwuf
3 years ago

Not my cup of tea