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
What do you think of the Netherlands’ Eurovision 2022 entry? Share your own score and review for S10’s “De Diepte” below!
By the way, has anyone else tried singing “ooo-ooo” when opening their fridge, then “aaah-aaah” when closing it? 🙂
Been there, done that! Though getting on a swimming pool full of dead leaves is still in my to do list.
Sorry I don’t like it…. It’s in my top 10 of Dutch entries I don’t like…. But It will reach the final… I know
16. Netherlands – S10 – De Diepte – 7.5/10 – a quiet introspective entry which strongly conveys a relatable emotion. There are a little too many meaningless sounds in this song which at points take me out of the contemplative atmosphere though – I know they were probably worried about the accessibility of the Dutch language but there are only a certain amount of “da’s” and “ooh’s” and “aah’s” that I can listen to in 3 minutes. The country undertones that this song strays into at times are also not particularly my thing. However, I do love how this song… Read more »
Not in my personal top 10,but I think it’s a very high quality song and I’ll be happy to see it in the actual top 10.
I know I’ll get a lot of hate for saying this but De Diepte strikes me as the type of song that the juries love but flops with televoters.
It’s had 12 million Spotify streams in less than 2 months. That doesn’t happen to jury songs (unless they’re from Sweden).
It is not true – it happened toy jury friendly songs in Eurovision before like from Italy with Gualazzi, Malta, North Macedonia and Austria. It happened to Sweden once big time, when they started to give the points separately from the juries and televote and it stuck in peoples’s heads. But it is not true that Sweden is always favored the most by the juries.
It’s the second most listened song on spotify from this years entries. I’m hoping she will do good
The closer we get to the contest, the more I think this is the only real dark horse this year. It’s not trying to be anything else than what it is: classy, authentic, simple, pretty. Love the Dutch in it. This deserves a top 5 finish!
Ever since I saw this performed live at “Mathijs Gaat Door” (the performance with the red lasers) I knew our team had struck gold with this one. The “da da da” parts are so smart, and the “ooh ah” parts make the song memorable but also emotional. Lots of fans were skeptic about S10 singing in Dutch but I knew she would pull it of, as she has an amazing repertoire in Dutch. 10/10, so proud of my country this year! To think that (if she qualifies ofc) we’ll have only missed 1 final in the last 10 contests, which… Read more »
What we’re not getting from Belgium this year, we’re getting it from The Netherlands; quirkiness, darkness, mystery and modern sound.
Well, I prefer the Belgian entry (if I am allowed to say something like that).
Suzanne is trolling this year, I can’t think any other reason!!! She gave Greece 5.5 and Netherlands also 5.5 I mean girllll are you kidding? Where’s your taste?!! It’s weird!!!
There is a London Grammar vibe to this entry- it took me a while to warm to it but now I really like it. It’s also SO good to hear a Dutch entry in the home language. This could surprise and do really well this year.
Personally, this is my winner.
Just like with Duncan, I was immediately hooked from the first time I heard it, and every performance I’ve seen has shown she will nail this. Absolute masterclass.
My 1st impression about it was already positive and “De Diepte” never stopped growing on me. It’s the kind of song that stays in your mind but you never feel the need to make it go. The ultra simple “tadadada” and “ooohhh aaahhh” work as catchy universal hooks and give it a surprising sing-along quality for something in Dutch. Plus the gentle guitar in the background is highly addictive. From vocals to lyrics, S10 carries that vulnerable but strong vibe that may work well. Arguably too chill for a frontrunner, but a possible dark horse. 9.5/10
I agree about the Netherlands being a dark horse. I think that this entry can very well finish much higher than people expect it to. And it’s highly possible that she might climb in the odds after her rehearsal on Saturday, which I am really looking forward to!
If the Dutch delegation nails the staging, I think they can do well. This is doing quite well on most fan polls I’ve seen and it’s not exactly the kind of song we normally see that high ranked. If young viewers had a strong effect on Maneskin success, I can see this one getting part of it support, both “De Diepte” and S10 sound very respectable for people that consume pop with indie and alternative flavors.
A potential winner.
S10 just has a cool edge that makes this song stand out. We know she can perform live and I have very high expectations for her staging. Whilst the song isn’t exactly unique, it just has a fresh and youthful feel thanks to S10. One of my favourites this year!
I have tried very hard to try and connect with this song but sadly I cannot. I heard it over and over again to try and see what others are raving about. Definitely a decent song but for me that’s about it. I don’t hear or feel anything which can emotionally uplift me. You expect the song to take you somewhere but it doesn’t. It’s like taking a leisurely stroll down a well known country road, no unexpected surprises . I think most people would find it even boring. 8t might do well with the juries but I don’t think… Read more »
I dont know why you are getting down voted, many people would agree with you (not me, but i understand your point of view)
Never was the choice, which song to mark as my favourite one, easier than this year. This song is world class!
9.5 for me. It’s my #2 this year. I don’t speak a word of Dutch, but this song touches me and makes me feel emotional. S10 is an amazing artist, and I love that when she is being interviewed, she gives 100% to the person talking to her. I guarantee this song will go top 5.
I said before all jury reviews, that IF Netherlands scores very well in this year’s contest, then it must be mostly because of the televote and NOT because of the jury vote. And that’s a big ‘if’. To me the song lacks the refined quality that entries like ‘Calm After The Storm’, ‘Arcade’ ‘Space Man’, ‘Saudade, Saudade’ and ‘Hold Me Closer’ have. And with such songs its best to compare ‘De Diepte’ with. Yes, ‘Arcade’ had its own “Ooehoeee” climatic outburst, but ‘De Diepte’ has too much of them. And it aren’t even the Dutch parts in this song. You… Read more »
I already saw this post on another site. You made your point 😀
7.Netherlands – As a song, this is pretty much spot on. Dutch really works.
9/10 By far the best mellow song of the year! Genuine, touching, real. Potential winner for me.
The most fresh and modern song of the contest. Contest needs entries like this one. S10 is a true artist.
Suzanne scored Malta a full point higher than this. Bahahahahahaha.
I love Suzanne, but it seems her scoring is very different to most people’s. It’s musical taste, so that’s fine.. I am more shocked Antranig gave it a score over 5! He has been dishing out 3s and 4s. It’s really interesting to see how much scores vary.
Leave Suzanne Alone !
I don’t about her rankings. Are they delusional? Yes. Do they affect the real results of May? No.
She can give Malta 10 and Holland 0. Now guess which song will succeed more in the actual contest.
9.5/10 So excited to see Dutch in the competition again! De Diepte is so beautifully written and produced, the more acoustic guitar sections of the song flowing into the big da da da and ooh aah’s just gives me goosebumps every time! I feel like even if you don’t speak Dutch you can connect to this song! I’m a little worried about how this is going to be staged, but with good staging I think S10 will come top 10!!
One of the best this year’s candidates for FFF (fan favourite flops).
It sounds so much like London Grammar. Nice but unoriginal.
“De Diepte” is a song that you can connect to so easily. I think singing this in Dutch creates a special vibe to the song ratger than English and making it another generic ballad. It will surely stand out and make an impression to both juries and the televoters. It will definitely make the top 10 and with a good staging it can grab the trophy!!
7) Netherlands – This was one of the very few songs this year that I was fond of right on the first listen. In my opinion this is the best the Netherlands has done for a very long time and I wouldn’t mind at all if this won. S10 is a really great singer and the song is extremely authentic coming from her. Great job! 8.5/10
PS: I’m pretty sure I’ve jumbled my top 10 up during these Wiwi Jury posts so I’d pretty much ignore my placings til I decide to do my entire top 40. Doing top lists is hard 🙁
Incredible, simply phenomenal and SO soul-crashing. It completely captures and portaits the feelings of sadness and agony. It’s so emotional, S10’s vocal skills are spectacural when live too, you can literally *feel* her thoughts and sympathize both through the lyrics and the beautiful music orchestration. Everything is perfect here, the guitar chords, the pre-chorus (yes, the “da da da da da” part is one of my favorites in the song) I cannot even find enough words to describe this gem, it completely affects you and just feels so relatable at times. In my personal top-5 (specifically, my new 4TH, with… Read more »
Ah, also forgot to mention the beauty that derives from the entry’s (complex) simplicity and the usage of the Dutch language. 🙂
Italy, Poland and the Netherlands are sending really good songs for this year, hope that they would all finish in top 5 🙂
“De diepte” has to be the fastest grower for me this season. At first listen, I was like “Oh, ok, this is a solid song but I’m not caught yet”. The second listen was the turning point for me as whole meaning of the song opened before my eyes. It may look simple, but I find that’s where it success lays. Everything from the voice to the guitar chords and the drums/beat is produced with so much care and wise. Nothing is left and nothing remains. This kind of dark nostalgic ballads are usually better when carried by delicate raw… Read more »
Interesting ranking. Where is Sweden ? Where is Italy? ? I totally agree with your winner. The Netherlands ? of course I am biased ?? just a tiny bit
When the song was released , I was disappointed. Now, I’m loving it! And you Inox what, I just gonna say it…This is my personal winner. So Amsterdam 2023 why not!
Is Oliver going to give anyone above 5 points and why is he such a hater? This is objectively one of the best songs this year, and even if it sounds repetitive and with lack of climax, ot deserves much higher score than 4.5, which actually proved by the rest of the jury.
Why are commenters being personally critical of the jury members this year?
Giving my honest opinion in a polite way and trying not to insult anyone is more than respect. Thank you.
I appreciate your intentions. However, you still called Oliver a “hater” and literally wrote “shame.” That’s a fact.
Also, you are not the only commenter to have done this so far this year, so I am also addressing others with my reply.
I bet you know it very well, you have a phd in hating
Good question, thank you. I was taught that hate is “wanting someone or something to no longer exist.”
If you want to know the statistics of Oliver’s voting, on average, he gives songs a score of 5.51 (37/40 songs calculated).He and Suzanne (4.89) have the lowest averages of the wiwi “jury” this year. He gave a score of 9.5 to Portugal and 9 to Greece as his two highest scores. He has given several fan favorites low scores though (Albania – 2.5, Poland – 3,
“De Diepte” is a remarkable song, because everything on the page would suggest that it should be unremarkable. All of the elements that I personally dislike in a song are there on paper, yet the end result is a beautiful recording. I hugely admire the efforts that the artist and the studio have put into this one. Reviewig this song in detail would not be right, because I admire the track so much.
N.B. I have ranked this song in 5th place overall.
Am I missing something here. Why are there no YouTube videos of the wiwi juries this year. Is there a logistical problem.
I’ve been waiting for weeks!! 🙁 hopefully they haven’t dropped the wiwijury videos
Unfortunately, and because of family issues, we didn’t have time to film them. So instead we will be livestreaming starting tonight and giving our scores and discussing. We will continue with this tomorrow (Friday) as well.
I love this. Would not be surprised if it wins.
It would be so deserved if this actually won. It screams of a different quality than most ballads this year.
This song is a bit of a grower, at first listen the dadadas and oohoos seem a little too much, but afterwards you can’t get them out of your head. I think it’s an advantage for S10 that she gets two performances at Eurovision (hopefully) so people can get used to the song a little. I don’t know if it’s a really competitive song, you already see this in the Eurojury results where she’s performing pretty poorly, but it’s one of those songs that still have a life after Eurovision. Not as impactful on the night, but one that people… Read more »
I really like Netherlands this year! This song is so moving, S10’s voice is so unique and the dutch language is getting the whole song even more special. I would be happy if Netherlands win, but I don’t think so, because of the other ballads. My other worry is that I really live Greece’s song too, but I don’t think these two songs are going to be on top equally, either Amanda’s or S10’s song is going to flop I fear.
Neither is going to flop, I think. Both are a top 10 material, and they are quite different. The Dutch entry is more atmospheric throughout, while the Greek one builds up to an explosive chorus. Both have their place to shine. And even if one of them slightly underperforms on what is projected (say finishing 12th or so), I still wouldn’t call it a flop, as it’s a good spot in its own right, and many countries not projected to qualify would see it as a big win. As for that, both Netherlands and Greece are surefire qualifiers and left… Read more »
I hope this is going to happen! ??
The questionmarks are happy face emojis.
NETHERLANDS – Their delegation took a risk and sent a song in their native language after a long time. It was the right choice, as this gorgeous entry really removes any doubts that the Dutch language can feel as stunning and as poetic as any other. S10 feels 100% authentic in delivering ”the depths” of her soul. You can feel all the beauty and all the danger of hopelessly falling for someone, and wanting to hold on to that moment. The fear of being left alone, as well as the high of being loved. The instrumental may seem subtle at… Read more »
I agree. Lenny Kuhr in 1969 has a beautiful song in Dutch, and so did Edsilia Rombley in 1998. It’s been awhile, though, and the Dutch (reportedly) didn’t want their language to be used after the bad flop of 2012. However, that song was bad because it was bad, not because it was in Dutch. Now we are back to the good music in the language yet again.
*Bad flop of 2010. I mean, 2012 didn’t get a good result either, but the bad use of Dutch was in 2010.
And S10 flop will make everybody laugh hard
People should listen to the English version of Vrede, by Ruth Jacott. See which you prefer. Einstein in Reverse. YouTube.
And there it is, your final winner is also my “emotional winner”. I absolutely love this song and S10’s music.
I am happy that we agree here. 🙂 It’s such a beautiful song!
MASTERPIECE left me speechless! da-da-da-da-da-da-da
I personally am not a big fan of this kind of intense and imo ‘pretentious and existential’ ballads. This year Greece and The Netherlands are the greatest exponent of this kind of intense songs however The Netherlands is a hundred times better than the Greek one.
I also prefer this massively to “Arcade”. It’s a bit more subtle, feels a bit more real. Just my take though. Obviously, saying it’s better than an actual Eurovision winner is big praise from me. :3
We never cared about your opinion
Doesnt it look familiar to you? Kind of reminds you of yourself?
A lazy song like this will not win.
Sweden deserves the attention it gets this year imo. But everyone can not like it. Some people can’t stand the fact that Sweden actually sends something that deserves to win this time. But not without tough competition of course. Cornelia is no Loreen and Hold me closer is not Euphoria. If I must compare how I felt about Euphoria.. Maybe Sweden will flop, maybe we won’t.
Stunning entry from the Netherlands. If you take away their song last year (a lot of countries had issues with the songs that the returning artists produced), they are in a stunning run of Eurovision form, which just doesn’t look like letting up.This definitely deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as “Arcade” and “Grow” for me. We’ve talked about other entries being inauthentic and just not fitting the artist correctly. Well, the Netherlands are here to clarify that point by showing what getting it right in this respect really looks like. This *feels* like an S10 song and… Read more »
I’ve already come to terms with it. Sweden is in my bottom 5 this year and people eat her song up more than a starving crowd at an all-you-can-eat buffet. The song is so hilariously fabricated and transparent, yet everyone is gullible enough to believe it. I can write a song about how I was molested as a child yet it never happened. I can fake a raspy voice and people will flock to that song like it’s the most ‘avant-garde’ melody in existence? Sorry but no. I kinda liked Sweden last year and 2019 and 2020’s ones I liked… Read more »
You write as if you know Cornelia…. you have the gut yo even (call it fake) /minimize what she has been through and it’s so ignorant. As a swede who have known about her (before the melodyfestival) know that she has gone through a hard break-up, so please don’t speak as you know what you’re talking about. Just because you do not understand the song does not mean it’s fake. Many people recognize themselves in this song and therefore like it. She has always had a raspy voice and you can also hear that when she speaks normally. Take the… Read more »
Some countries take their foot off the pedal for a few years after winning and hosting etc. Glad to say, Netherlands isn’t one of them.
Such a charming song, and it’s in Dutch. I think Netherlands will do well this year. It’s one of those songs that don’t need gimmicks and pyro, atmosphere alone should be enough to send this up the scoreboard.
Definitely qualifying and depending on the night, might even break top 10.
Totally deserved score. Currently on my top 2, but could reach the top spot after seeing the staging.
I’ve really enjoyed this song over the past month and a half, but it somehow eludes me much of the time unless if it REALLY appears before me. When I listen to it, I do enjoy it much, but I’m not sure how well S10 will cope with a huge audience watching her go ‘ooh, aah’ most of the chorus. I like the context, but I have other songs I love more. For me it’s a 7.5/10, which is still a good score! I like it, just don’t love it. (I’m Dutch myself FYI)
It’s always possible to simply love other songs more but I think once people get the songs that they really care about out of the way in their tops, that for most of us, the Netherlands is going to come pretty shortly after. There’s quality and authenticity there.
That’s definitely true and I do agree! I have the Netherlands right behind my favorite bunch of songs in my ranking. She’s around 14th place for me.
nothing really you can criticize about this song, it’s objectively great. even if it’s not something i’d blast on repeat, i appreciate its several qualities. people were concerned that a song in dutch wouldn’t sound good, and she proved everyone wrong.
Nah, its far from winning. It will get overshadowed by Greece and Sweden that have similar songs and eventually finish top 20.
You can give your personal rating to your mom
I agree with Oliver on that one. I personally do not see anything interesting in this song, but good luck Netherlands. I am sure it will do pretty well.
Agree. I feel it’s too “slow” and boring. And what is it with these aaah’s and ooooh’s in songs? It just takes away words that could have been there instead. People seem to enjoy stuff like that. Like with Arcade. But Arcade was better.
‘Nananananananana, nanananana, hey Jude.’
No, mr. McCartney, you should have had lyrics there! Oh and by the way, your song is too slow.