From Amsterdam to Kyiv and now to the USA, Glennis Grace has made it big around the globe. The latest proof is her successful string of performances on America’s Got Talent. The songstress from the Jordaan neighbourhood in Amsterdam has earned endless praise over the past few months as a contestant on the American talent competition — and it’s not over yet.
She’s called it the “biggest challenge in her life next to motherhood”, but she’s made it look easy. She started the journey with her amazing audition in which she blew away judges and the audience. And then Glennis conquered the quarter-finals and semi-finals and is now getting ready for the final on September 19.
Former De Toppers member Gordon, who met Glennis when she was eleven and performing at the Unicef Gala for Kids in 1989, says that he told her that her quarter final performance could have been better, but that her semi-final performance went beyond every boundary for him.
Speaking on RTL Boulevard he said that he personally advised her to sing the American national anthem “The Star Spangled Banner” as one of her songs in the final of the show.
She may be focusing on her American Dream for now, but she told RTL Boulevard that she won’t forget the Netherlands either.
“There are so many people who want me to perform, here in America and not only in America, that’s the best part. The Netherlands, I won’t forget either… soon I am going to announce something big…” she said grinning big for the cameras of the tabloid-like show.
A few minutes later the host said: “I heard something about the Eurovision around here.” To which Gordon said: “I am not going to say anything.”
Glennis Grace, however, has a traumatic past with Eurovision. Her earlier participation resulted in a split from her former manager. According to Glennis in a 2011 interview with Grazia, it also gave her an eating disorder. Her song “My Impossible Dream” stalled in the semis back in 2005.
In 2013 she said that she did not want to return to the Eurovision stage. Two years later, she told radio channel FunX that she would have been open to participating with the supergroup Ladies of Soul. Back then she said: “I am critical though: it is not about what it should be about anymore,” calling Eurovision “forced”.
As AVROTROS has started a trend of sending returning acts, it wouldn’t surprise us if they put up Glennis for Tel Aviv. Though on her official website she doesn’t seem to put much care into Eurovision, as the site rather awkwardly (and incorrectly) states that she “participated in the Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Russia.”
Inside team wiwibloggs we are also divided about a possible return. Some of us are really enthusiastic and think that Glennis could give us a winning song, while others are more critical and point out that she has only had success with cover songs and not much with original material.
But what do you think? Should Glennis Grace return at Eurovision? Are you watching AGT and rooting for her? Let us know in the comments below!