The Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — is reviewing and rating the 40 competing songs in Eurovision 2022. Next we review the Netherlands, who have chosen S10 with “De Diepte”.
Have we fallen deeply in love with the song? Read on to find out!
S10 – “De Diepte” (Netherlands Eurovision 2022)
Review: S10 – “De Diepte”
Lucy: When we heard we were getting a song in Dutch this year, all of us were intrigued, especially given S10’s status as the alt-pop queen of the Netherlands. She has stuck with a genre she excels in, and amplified it to create a soaring song where it’s easy to understand what is happening lyrically, whether you are fluent, look the translation up, or neither. “De Diepte” is devastating, and soars with the “ooooh ahhh” hook. Something so simple provides such feeling and, well…depth! In my opinion, this is the best song this year, and S10 performs it incredibly. Could we get a Dutch win again already?
Renske: “De Diepte” is everything Dutch pop music should be in the 21st century. It has that English-like rhythm of the Dutch language and turns out to be a song that talks openly about mental health. The Netherlands is strongly targeting a younger audience, changing their aim quite strongly from earlier entries. There is story-telling, but it’s a story that is accessible. The Dutch have understood that streaming platforms are getting more influential in the Eurovision world and that S10’s song is rightly suitable for that.
Oliver: Clean guitar, clean vocal, clean production… but “De Diepte” is nothing more than that. Clean and pretty. S10 is a talented wordsmith, beautifully capturing her emotions as she laments in a pit of despair. But that poignancy is lost in the dull, repetitive “da da da da da da da da da, ooh, aah” moments. Where’s the climax? Where’s the punch to the gut moment? The Dutch entry is missing something major, and with so many other easy-listening entries in the mix, Team Netherlands needs to pull off some top tier staging if it wants to match the feats of The Common Linnets and Duncan Laurence.
Deban: The Netherlands is a class act. Composed as an ode to the songwriter’s sadness, the sentiment emoted here latches onto an undeniably infectious sonic beat. Quite often in life, nothing prepares you for a mental breakdown. Similarly, the vibe here is unexpected. I wasn’t expecting a song about mental awareness in Dutch to take flight. However in my head it does, and S10’s live performances have kept me glued.
Natalie: It’s great to hear some Dutch at Eurovision, and even better to hear some well-performed, well-produced modern Dutch pop music. Amidst a haunting production that creeps through the song, the chorus shines bright thanks to the thumping beats and S10’s sparkling voice. There are folk-country guitars, violins, and a piano ending, and through all of it, S10 is there, holding it all together perfectly. It gets better each time I listen to it. I’ll have this one on repeat a lot.
Netherlands Eurovision 2022 ranking
In the Eurovision 2022 Wiwi Jury, we have 18 jurors but only have room for five reviews. The remaining scores are below:
We have removed the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. This is to remove outliers and potential bias. We have removed a low of 4.5 and a high of 10.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 8.13/10
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