She’s best known to Eurovision fans as one half of The Netherlands’ runner-up duo The Common Linnets.
But this year Ilse DeLange is back on the scene as a mentor for Eurovision top favourite Duncan Laurence.
And just because she isn’t centre stage doesn’t mean she keeps her opinions to herself.
Ilse has revealed her dissatisfaction with the way the first rehearsal of the Dutch went. She told news broadcaster NOS:
“You hope that you will see at least 80% of the final result of your staging plan during a first rehearsal, but that percentage was much lower.”
The Dutch songstress recalls that there were several creative differences between the Dutch direction and the way the Israeli team brought the song alive. The Dutch had namely requested that the song would be performed in the dark, not showing much of the stage, which according to DeLange, seemed to upset the local producers who were proud of the stage they had built.
However, the delegation are keen to stress that there were no clashes. It was simply that their idea of the staging didn’t match the way in which the team in Israel interpreted it.
The only prop the Dutch delegation wanted to use was a bright lamp, which would hang slightly above Duncan’s piano. Due to safety restrictions, they could not bring their own lamp. However, when they saw the lamp the organisation had manufactured, they decided to express their dissatisfaction. Ilse recalls:
“During the first rehearsal it looked like a plastic, white ball to us, and was also hanging in the wrong spot.”
As a result, the Dutch delegation asked if they could get a lamp from Belgium. That request was at first denied, but after expressing their dissatisfaction again, they Dutch got their lamp delivered.
That lamp arrived on Friday, but it was too late to be tested on Saturday, and hence we saw the lamp on a glass box for that rehearsal. The additional technical rehearsal on Sunday was used to install the new lamp.
With that development, lampgate seems to be solved for now.
Ilse DeLange assured the Dutch media that she is very trusting. And she said that if the lamp still does not work, they will simply remove it, because it’s all about the song.
Nonetheless, the Eurovision 2014 runner-up says that she thinks the stage is awesome.
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