Craziness matters more than credibility at Eurovision. So claimed the Netherlands’ 2015 representative Trijntje Oosterhuis over the weekend. In the days since, our readers have branded her “salty” and “sour”. Now long-time Dutch commentator and Eurovision in Concert host Cornald Maas has politely advised the songstress to walk along.
Taking to Twitter, he began by praising the “amazing singer”, calling her “loyal” and “motivated”. And then came the “but”.
“A beautiful song, or being a credible artist, isn’t really that important anymore. It’s all about the act, the show and the craziness around the act,” those were Trijntje’s words on JINEK. “Claptrap” says Maas. Or “malarkey”, depending on how you wish to translate his comments.
He questions the implication that second place Common Linnets and ninth place Anouk were exceptions. While Maas doesn’t say it himself, it’s worth noting that Trijintje is in fact the exception, being the only Dutch act to miss the final since Joan Franka in 2012.
He concludes by urging everyone to be patient, reassuring his followers that “it will be fine”.
Cornald Maas’ tweet to Trijntje Oosterhuis
“Huh? Our @Trijntje_O, an amazing singer. Loyal and motivated as well. But what is this malarkey about @anouk and @CommonLinnets being the exceptions, and saying that there isn’t space for credible artists? #songfestival #Jinek – everyone please be (cheerfully) patient, it will be fine.”
Hè. Onze @Trijntje_O , geweldige zangeres. Fideel en gemotiveerd ook. Maar wat ‘n kletspraat nou weer over dat @anouk en @CommonLinnets uitzonderingen waren en er geen ruimte zou zijn voor credible artiesten #songfestival #Jinek – wacht allen vrolijk af, ‘t komt goed!
— Cornald Maas (@cornaldm) January 11, 2019
Trijntje Oosterhuis on JINEK
As we previously reported, Trijntje appeared on last Friday’s edition of the evening talkshow JINEK. She was joined by a number of others, including Eurovision 1988 singer Gerard Joling.
Aside from her credibility comments, she also claimed that if she represented 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 agreed 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.
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!
The Netherlands at Eurovision 2019
Regarding the 2019 contest, Cornald Maas suggested last autumn that the Benelux nation may opt for a “song first, artist second” approach. He said that the song is the most important aspect of the entry and therefore it has to be good. Interestingly, he stated that this year the selection committee is not only looking for artists. They are also looking into the idea of choosing a song first and an artist second.
That would be a revolutionary step for the broadcaster. Since AVROTROS started selecting acts internally with Anouk in 2013, they have given the artists significant artistic freedom to choose whichever song they want.
Maas previously commented that this artistic freedom led to originality and was part of the country’s successes in 2013 and 2014.
The downside of this artistic freedom, however, is that the broadcaster has little control over the entry. An insider commented last year that AVROTROS wanted to regain more control over the entry as OG3NE had reportedly cancelled a session with songwriters from Sweden. Others have whispered to us in the past that Trijntje Oosterhuis refused to take much advice with regards to her stage performance.
Artistic freedom at the 2018 song contest didn’t go down so well for The Netherlands either. Cornald Maas revealed just after the release of Waylon’s song “Outlaw In ‘Em” that it wasn’t his favourite song of those Waylon had proposed to send to Eurovision.
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