After last night’s roller coaster of results, the Netherlands’ Waylon has reacted to his 18th place finish and Netta’s win. The country singer recalls the incredibly tense voting sequence, in which the juries and the televoters did not agree with each other at all, among many other surprises. He said:
“I had hoped we would go top 10, but the results… Wow! That went weird… You could tell from the noise in the hall as well. Everyone was like: what is happening here? The right side of the scoreboard was suddenly at the left side. It was a very surprising evening. (…) The hall was wild during the night. Then something crazy happened with the United Kingdom. (…) It was heavy, but you have always got some idiots who want attention… it’s part of it all.”
Waylon was not upset about his result.
“I am currently feeling very proud of the thing we did. That we have got to do something in which we all believe fiercely. (…) There is definitely no disappointment. Of course you want to be first: that’s the most fun thing for the party it is, because you want to take it to the Netherlands after 43 years… I think you have to do it by stepping up and we’ve done that. (…) I thought we didn’t deserve this place… but it’s the place we’ve got… that’s okay.”
Waylon told journalists that he would love to represent the Netherlands for a third time. Maybe Waylon 2022 then? However, he had the following advice for the next Dutch participant:
“Keep doing your thing. We are a bunch of stubborn Hollanders and we have to give the example in tolerance, in loving each other and in doing something what you stand for. I think the Netherlands is such a country… I hope the Netherlands is such a country. At least, we did that and I am proud of that.”
He was obviously referencing his own performance. He included a group of four krump dancers, which proved to bewildly controversial. Waylon tried to explain that the dancers represented the “outlaw of dance” while standing firm on his decisions.
Waylon was not that keen on Israel winning. He sees Netta as an embodiment of the “freak show” stigma that’s often attached to Eurovision. He said:
“Israel is the rightful winner if we talk about what we are always talking about: the circus and the craziness. But what I just said, it will not add up to much change in [that type of] Eurovision. And that’s what I think is sad. Something should change one time. Last time, it was a woman with a beard, now it’s a chicken.”
In a way, he agrees with last year’s winner Salvador Sobral. Earlier this week he said that he hoped Israel would not win for the sake of music. Speaking to wiwibloggs yesterday, Salvador said: “It’s going to be a bit strange if I have to give the trophy to Israel.”