In 2014, Ilse DeLange achieved Eurovision silver after finishing second at the contest as part of The Common Linnets. Two years ago, she proposed her former The Voice mentee Duncan Laurence and his song “Arcade” to the Dutch selection committee. A literal golden choice, as the Netherlands won the competition for the first time since 1975. But for Eurovision 2021, she has been passed over.
The singer revealed this news in the latest episode of the Dutch interview programme CollegeTour. When host Twan Huys asked about her involvement in Eurovision 2021, Ilse DeLange said that it was really a “calm after the storm” when the delegation returned home from Tel Aviv.
“Maybe they would call me… but that didn’t and didn’t happen. I think it’s very beautiful that this many people are working on Eurovision in Rotterdam. I went to it, to the rehearsals with Duncan, and I am very impressed and I think it’s amazing that we have this in the Netherlands.”
“It would have been nice if they had at least invited us for a coffee with just the question: ‘Would you like do something?’. That would have been enough, I think. But don’t ask me for the reason. I can’t give the answers to you, because I don’t know them. Do I think it’s a pity? Yes, I think it is a very large pity and I find it quite inappropriate.”
“But I hear myself talk, then I realise that I do not want to come across as some kind of annoyed person. Like ‘Oh, I am not allowed to participate’, you know.”
On the question of whether the Dutch broadcasters know of this situation, Ilse answered that she told certain people that she thinks it’s strange. Adding to that, she says that she is not going to share names and that “they know themselves who they are”.
Sieste Bakker says he’ll call Ilse
In a statement to AD, Eurovision 2021 Executive Supervisor Sietse Bakker has replied to Ilse DeLange’s revelation in CollegeTour.
Bakker did not want to comment on the exact things that Ilse said. He noted: “I want to know how it all fits together at first. We are in good contact with Ilse DeLange, so I think it is sensible that we are going to ask her herself what she meant with it. Such a broadcast is recorded on beforehand. It might be that it is different.”
From sources close to the programme, wiwibloggs notes that the very first episode of this season’s CollegeTour with Ilse DeLange was recorded a few days prior to its airing. During the programme, Ilse acknowledged that she had never talked with Bakker on the phone before.
Ilse DeLange vertelt dat ze niet is benaderd door de organisatie van het Eurovisie Songfestival voor een bijdrage aan de aankomende editie in Rotterdam. "Ik vind dat jammer en behoorlijk ongepast", vertelt @IlseDeLange. #collegetour #songfestival @Twanhuijs @KRONCRV pic.twitter.com/aIbwezxPK5
— College Tour (@collegetour_nl) May 11, 2021
Ilse DeLange reveals she made up with Waylon after seven years
CollegeTour invited students of Dutch universities and institutes to appear in the audience and ask Ilse DeLange questions. Among other things, they asked about her Eurovision experiences. Her Eurovision 2014 participation and its aftermath, including a long-term personal fight with her then fellow The Common Linnet bandmate Waylon, were included in the questions.
Ilse revealed that she has forgiven Waylon for the things that happened back in 2014. Weeks after The Common Linnets finished second at the contest, Waylon left the group. Mutual accusations followed after Waylon’s departure.
In CollegeTour, Ilse shared that she recently met Waylon somewhere in Hilversum, purely by accident. Noticing that the emotions she had in 2014 had calmed down, she decided to talk with her former Eurovision colleague. The two buried the hatchet. Ilse said in the programme that she wishes Waylon nothing less than the best.
"Tijd en afstand doen goede dingen met emoties." @IlseDeLange vertelt in de eerste aflevering van #collegetour over haar verzoening met Waylon. Ze kwamen elkaar kort geleden onverwacht tegen en sloten elkaar in de armen. #collegetour #songfestival @Twanhuijs @KRONCRV pic.twitter.com/YsUl0KWZLn
— College Tour (@collegetour_nl) May 11, 2021
Next to that, she revealed that her Eurovision dream is not yet over. Speaking to Twan Huys, she said:
“I wouldn’t exclude it. (…) Everything starts with a song, but at this moment, I don’t have the song. If I got it, I would really think it’s amazing to try it once more.”
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