Ever since his first Eurovision participation, Waylon has been a frequent guest on Dutch talk show RTL Late Night. He regularly performs his music there, as the host Humberto Tan is a big fan of his.
Humberto — the show’s principle host — is leaving the show. And the last five episodes under his watch were surprise shows in which Humberto had no idea who would join him at his desk. Surprise! Waylon was one of his first guests.
Waylon told the audience that on the day he learned Humberto would stop hosting the show he dedicated his song “Thanks But No Thanks” to him. He performed the very intimate version live. It went down a storm — and left Humberto with tears in his eyes.
You’ll remember that “Thanks But No Thanks” was one of the songs Waylon presented back in March. It was part of the five-track release of songs from his album The World Can Wait. It was in this series of performances that he sang “Outlaw in ‘Em” — which he chose as his Eurovision 2018 entry.
“Thanks But No Thanks” would have had a great shot at being his Eurovision song if the Dutchies had staged an actual national final with public input. Many people seemed to want to “Thanks But No Thanks” sent to Lisbon. Half an hour before the official reveal, a poll by De Telegraaf revealed that 41% of voters wanted that number at Eurovision.
Our very own Deban Aderemi also expressed his love for that song back in March in our review video of “Outlaw in ‘Em”. He said: “That song is just brilliant”.
Now that Waylon has been to Eurovision and placed 18th, an obvious question arises: Should he have gone with “Thanks But No Thanks” instead? Waylon himself thought “Outlaw In ‘Em” was the best of the bunch, as he said during DWDD.
“When I had written [the eventual Eurovision entry], I came home and then I sat together with my manager in the car and then we listened to it… and we said: this is the standard and this is the level that it has to meet. And that is how we worked.”
What do you think? Do you love “Thanks But No Thanks” too? And do you think that could have done well at Eurovision 2018? Let us know in the comments below!