On Friday evening television host Eva Jinek invited former Eurovision contestants Trijntje Oosterhuis and Gerard Joling on to her talk show JINEK to look back on their Eurovision journeys and to speculate about the Dutch entry for Eurovision 2019. The singers and their fellow panelists named their dream acts, which echoed many of the same names that we — and much of the fandom — have said in the past. Think Maan, Caro Emerald, Glennis Grace, etc.
Joling is among the most hysterical television personalities in the Netherlands. He represented the country back in 1988 with the song “Shangri-la”, which ended up in 9th place. Thirty-one years later, Gerard’s head is still in the Eurovision game. Last year he admitted that he really wanted to be considered to represent the country again in 2018, and that he even recorded a song to send in. Fortunately he found out that the application period had already closed. Waylon went for the second time to represent the Netherlands instead. No returning back to your “Shangri La” this year either, Gerard.
One of the best singers in the country, Trijntje also represented the Netherlands, but not that long ago. While her shredded dress is still burned onto the back of our retinas, her song “Walk Along” has, well, walked along out of our memories.
As we previously reported, the Netherlands will possibly go for a ‘song first, artist second’ approach. Gerard wasn’t afraid to put himself out there and let the people know that “if they really can’t find anyone that wants to go, I will go!” Cue laughs in the studio.
Jinek reminded the two singers that a committee of professionals (including singer Jan Smit and presenter Cornald Maas) choose the artist and song every year. One of their success stories is, of course, the Common Linnets. The combo of Ilse DeLange and Waylon worked rather well, finishing in second place in 2014.
But the “Shangri La” hitmaker doesn’t really see this formula working in the future. He said: “There is enough talent in the Netherlands, and enough television programs looking for talent. I think we should let the people send in songs and then choose an artist that fits the song. Or even go back to the basics: a national contest. Let the people choose their winner.”
Trijntje adds that she isn’t sure about the committee either. “A beautiful song, or being a credible artist, isn’t really that important anymore,” she says. “It’s all about the act, the show and the craziness around the act.”
She adds: “We could easily send (illusionist) Hans Klok, just for the act.”
She continued that if she would represent the country again, she would go for a totally different approach: “I had just found out I was pregnant — my head wasn’t in the game at that time.”
Both artists agree that the next contestant shouldn’t be a young upstart. It should be someone that hasn’t got anything to lose. He or she, or even them, should know what they’re in for and what they want from it. For example, he would like to see The Voice winner Maan compete with a beautiful ballad, or even Caro Emerald, because of her international career. “She has that Portuguese vibe,” he said.
And of course, Trijntje’s Ladies Of Soul colleague Glennis Grace is named, even though Glennis already announced that Eurovision was a one-time thing. Joling also revealed that he knows that musical star Romy Monteiro applied more than once!
What about the popular Davina Michelle? Another guest on Jinek’s table adds: “Davina is popular with this generation: the YouTube generation. However, it might kill her career since she’s just starting to blow up”.
What do you think? Do you agree with Joling’s and Oosterhuis’ opinions? Let us know in the comments below!