Eva Simons Netherlands Eurovision

She’s one of the Netherlands’ best-known stars, with a back catalogue that includes the international smash “This Is Love”. And last week Eva Simons briefly appeared on the Eurovision radar when the rumour mill threw up her name as a potential candidate for Eurovision 2019.

Of course, Duncan Laurence was confirmed as the Dutch representative shortly after. But it would seem that the speculation was more than fanciful fan fantasies. Appearing on Friday’s edition of the RTL Late Night chat show, Simons revealed that she would love to do Eurovision — she just hasn’t been asked.

Following a performance of her new single “Like That”, the R&B singer joined the host for a chat. On the topic of Eurovision, Eva confirmed that she would have been interested in representing the Netherlands in Israel. That part of the speculation was true. Alas, broadcaster AVROTROS didn’t come calling.

The prolific hitmaker also shared that she had some big tunes which she could have sent. When asked why she didn’t, Eva says it was partly due to pride but also because she feared the Dutch audience’s reaction. They might not be happy with her taking part. One of the songs is a Latin/dance combo. The refrain starts with “Baila Baila” and, from what she teased on the show, it sounds extremely exciting. The track has yet to be released, so maybe it’s worth waiting one more year for Eurovision 2020?

Will she reach out to Eurovision bosses next time? After a little joking, Simons agrees that it might be a good idea to do so.

Who is Eva Simons?

Eva comes from a musical family. Her mother is Ingrid Simons, best known for her collaboration with DJ Paul Elstak on “Luv U More” and the song “Rainbow in the Sky“. Her father Johnny Meijerwas a famous accordionist and jazz musician in the Netherlands. Eva started her career as a member of the group Rafflish. The group was formed on Dutch TV show Popstars – The Rivals. The group disbanded in 2006 and Eva commenced her solo career. In 2009 she had her first solo success with the song “Silly Boy“. After that came hits like “Policeman“, “Take Over Control” and “This Is Love” with will.i.am. Eva was also a jury member on Dutch TV Show Idols.

In a recent radio interview, Eva openly spoke about her struggles with record companies and her insecurities after being unable to have her songs released. She was in tears during the interview, where she felt caught between having many good records lying on the shelf but having no company which wanted to release them.

What do you think? Would you like to see Eva Simons on the Eurovision stage? Let us know in the comments below.

For more Dutch Eurovision 2019 news click here.

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Sorry for being off-topic but I am curious: How do you call the Eurovision Song Contest “unofficially” in your countries? In Germany many people (esp. older ones) still say “Grand Prix (d’Eurovision de la Chancon)”. It changes now slowly to the abriviation “ESC” [Eh-S-Tseh].

I guess in the Netherlands they call it “Songfestival” from the video.

Maureen
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Maureen

I’m dutch and we usually say ‘het eurovisie songfestival’ instead of ‘the eurovision song contest’. I have no idea why because a song in dutch is called a ‘liedje’ so idk why we say songfestival?.

Tiago S
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Tiago S

In Portugal we say Eurovisão. Or some will say Festival Eurovisão da Canção. It’s funny because nowadays we never translate this sort of thing. But that name stuck, since the early days.

Joe
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Joe

Some people call it THE Eurovision, particularly in Israel, Ireland, and the UK (i.e. “Israel won the Eurovision”). I usually just say Eurovision.

James
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James

That always annoys me. It’s probably due to the fact of its full name that has “Song Contest” so there’s always that formality that even when you are going to refer to just the brand, the definite article somehow got stuck.

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

In Austria, we call it “Song Contest”.

Stian F
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Stian F

In Norway they always refer to Eurovision Song Contest as “den internasjonale finalen i Melodi Grand Prix” (The internationl final of Melodi Grand Prix) often followed by “…. eller Eurovision Song Contest som det heter på engelsk” (… Or Eurovision Song Contest as its called in English). In short we just call it Grand Prix, just as the Norwegian selection. They don’t really care about there being semis… Its still just the international final of MGP. But they always point out that Norway has to take part in a semifinal first though 😉

Nikko
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Nikko

Very interesting! I know also in Serbia it is called “Evrosong”, in Croatia “Eurosong”, in Slovenija “Evrovizija”, in Russia “Evrovidenye” and in Ukraine “Evorbachenye” (sorry for any miss-spellings;) )

Jo.
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Jo.

Her music expired in 2010.

Jo.
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Jo.

The Dutchies should focus on acts that matter, like Kensington and Maaike Ouboter.

nene
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nene

maaike is cute for a funeral, not for eurovision.

Oded
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Oded

Her song policeman was a huge hit in Israel when it came out, people would love to see her here

josh
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josh

why the hate?? she seems good!

Joe
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Joe

Unrelated but funny: apparently Mihai isn’t even the only 2006 act trying to represent Belarus – the UK’s Daz Sampson wants to return with a duet. (Pity that the UK isn’t voting in Belarus’ semi-final. Or Romania, for that matter.)

PeterV
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PeterV

She has a good example btw her mother Ingrid Simons was a backing for NL 96 and Belgium 02

whoops
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whoops

No thanks… Terrible Live singer

Roelof Meesters
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Roelof Meesters

yesyesyes I think that if she will write a song already it can really do amazing at the ESC stage.

Please
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Please

Why do the Dutch act like there’s this big Eurodrama leading up to the contest every year when really, there isn’t any?

ESCFan2009
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ESCFan2009

Ikr! There are always these stories about what Trijntje said, what Waylon said, rumours about singers, DJs, Caro Emerald – and at the end they are simply announcing an entry which is quite good since 2013 (exceptions included, okay) and they just do it! 😀

Tomás davitt
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Tomás davitt

Someone at AVROTRKS is kicking themselves right now

Henry
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Henry

Not at all, That Eva Simons woman has no career anymore and she’s desperately seeking for attention, by the way she cannot sing “Live”, she’s overhyped and i’m glad the Avrotros did NOT ask her, they made the right decision!

dutchie
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dutchie

She isn’t even hyped, let alone overhyped. That’s why she has to create the hype herself.

Anaïs
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Anaïs

They should be!! Really hope they realize their mistake here