Over the last few days, he has been releasing new songs from his forthcoming album on De Wereld Draait Door. And today Waylon finally revealed which one he has chosen for the Eurovision Song Contest. The country-rock crooner will perform ”Outlaw In ‘Em” in the second semi final of this year’s Eurovision.
A straw poll conducted by Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf suggests people won’t be so enthused by the decision. Their poll, which had amassed around 2,000 votes between last night and today at 18:30PM CET, saw “Thanks But No Thanks” winning with 41% of the vote.
Waylon “Outlaw In ‘Em” Live
Waylon “Outlaw In ‘Em” Studio version
Fans had a feeling he had chosen “Outlaw in ‘Em” in the moments leading up to the official confirmation. That’s because a three-minute version of the song suddenly appeared on Spotify. This is, of course, the maximum length a Eurovision song can be.
Waylon chooses his Eurovision entry “Outlaw In Em”
During tonight’s show we got to take a look back on the five songs. After that there was a little interview with Cornald Maas. The host of Eurovision In Concert was once again on the selection committee. He said that while he gave his opinion, ultimately Waylon made the decision on his own.
There was also a little video about how last year’s winner Salvador Sobral inspired a lot of male singers to take part this year. Countries like Italy, Germany, Ukraine, Armenia and Denmark are all bringing guys to the show.
Waylon eventually returned to the chair where he had debuted each of his songs, and from the intro it became clear which he had chosen. Host Matthijs van Nieuwkerk called it “Aerosmith or Bon Jovi like”.
So what do you think of the choice Waylon made? Is it the right one or could he have chosen a better entry? Let us know in the comments below!