The Dutch hit programme De Beste Zangers arrived at its thirteenth series this fall. As ever, it’s welcoming the Netherlands’ most-loved singers, who cover each other’s original songs and musical favourites.
One of the recent episodes honoured Dutch singer-songwriter Stef Bos. That was reason enough for Miss Montreal to make her own version of “Door de wind” — Belgium’s Eurovision 1989 song.
In the late 80s, Stef Bos spent most of his time in Flanders and befriended several Belgian stars. In 1989, he wrote “Door de wind” for Ingeborg, who went on to win Eurosong 1989, the Belgian preselection for the contest in Lausanne.
The Eurovision result was less successful. “Door de wind” only received thirteen points in total, finishing nineteenth in a field of twenty-two participants.
Though a guilty pleasure for some Eurovision fans, “Door de wind” was largely forgotten by most in the Dutch-speaking world.
Miss Montreal covers “Door de wind” on De Beste Zangers
With her version of “Door de wind”, Dutch songstress Miss Montreal has given second life to the Belgian Eurovision entry. Touched by the composition, she said she would like to continue to sing the song for the rest of her life.
The cover version immediately received widespread praise. Dutch Eurovision commentator Cornald Maas tweeted that the song was “one of the most beautiful and most underrated Eurovision entries ever.”
The songwriter loved the cover. During the broadcast, Stef Bos revealed that he wrote the song after the death of his mother and that the song was very close to his heart.
The version by Miss Montreal has since entered the Dutch charts. In Dutch Singles Top 100 chart of 10 October 2020, it reached #11, and in the airplay charts, it hit #31.
Do you remember Ingeborg’s Eurovision performance? Did you like Miss Montreal’s cover version of “Door de wind”? Let us know in the comments below!