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.
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