She’s best-known as the lead singer of Finnish symphonic-power metal band Nightwish and has one of the most distinguished voices in the metal scene. And Dutch singer Floor Jansen may soon be known by even more people, as she’s revealed that we might hear her distinctive vocals at ESC 2020. In an interview with Algemeen Dagblad, Jansen said that she would consider representing the Netherlands at Eurovision. Rock on!
In some ways this has been a long time coming. You’ll remember that Nightwish attempted to represent Finland back in 2000. It was a very different time: the metal band had only just tasted international success and the lineup was different. Nightwish finished third in the national selection, owing partly to a ballad-oriented jury. Finland went on to score rather low in Stockholm with”A Little Bit” by Nina Åström. No tears needed for Nightwish: The Finnish metal-heads laid the groundwork for their genre to slay. Finland subsequently sent several hard rock and punk songs to ESC. That includes, of course, the epic 2006 win with Lordi.
The Netherlands, however, has not sent any heavy track to the Eurovision Song Contest thus far, opting instead for everything from singer-songwriter feel of Joan Franka to the power harmony of the sisters OG3NE. But there’s a decidedly metal-shaped hole in that mix. Home to bands such as Delain and Within Temptation, it’s rather surprising The Netherlands has not yet sent a symphonic metal band. Perhaps now would be a good time to start.
In the interview with Almegeen Dagblad, the band’s current frontwoman says she’d definitely consider representing the Netherlands. Naturally, Dutch fans — both of Floor and Eurovision — are excited and already compelling this crossover. This surprising statement came shortly after Jansen once again proved her quality consistency.
Last month, the Dutch vocalist flaunted her amazing abilities in a live show organised by AVROTROS. She gave a heartfelt operatic performance of “Vilja Lied” and hit some highly impressive Rona Nishliu-esque notes. You can watch the video here.
“It’s an honour to even be considered a good fit for Eurovision,” Jansen said in the interview. “I have never even thought about it before.”
She later said her sister encouraged her to consider Eurovision participation. “After giving it a big ‘No’ at first, nowadays I think ‘Why shouldn’t I?'”.
Floor also released a debut album with Norwegian rocker Jørn Viggo Lofstad last year, under the name Northward. Despite Jansen’s reference to this duo as a side project, rock fans are looking forward to hearing more from them too.
Northward do not perform live, however, so if we expect Floor to represent her homeland, she’ll probably go solo. It’s been two decades since Jansen’s Nightwish tried to go to Eurovision. Perhaps we can expect them to try again for Finland soon, or even go for the Netherlands along with their beloved lead singer.
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