Back in February, “Europapa” was premiered for the first time during a special broadcast of NPO 1 show De Avondshow. Now, it has become one of the party anthems of Eurovision 2024! Joost Klein’s “Europapa” will take to the Eurovision stage in Semi Final Two and according to the bookies, will storm into the final and is in a great position to bring home The Netherlands’ 6th Eurovision victory!

But for now, we learn some more things about this year’s Dutch Eurovision representative.
What inspires him? Does he enjoy poetry? What does he like to eat? The latter may surprise you.

So let’s delve in deeper.

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10 Facts about Joost Klein

1. Who is Joost?

Joost Klein was born on 10 November 1997 in Leeuwarden, Friesland and grew up in the nearby village of Britsum. At the age of twelve, he lost his father to cancer. A year later, in 2011, his mother died of a cardiac arrest. Following the death of his parents, Klein was looked after by his older brother and sister.
One of Joost’s biggest inspirations is his late father. He tell’s our William Lee Adams the advice he gave him. “My dad is one of my biggest inspirations and my dad taught me to open my mind. He told me not to look at labels. People are people.”

2. He was a Youtuber

Joost began his road to stardom as a Youtuber, publishing videos ranging from little sketches to mini-documentaries. And in 2016, he released his debut track Dakloos (translated to ’Homeless’), after which he began focusing on a career in music.

3. Already big in Europe

In 2023, Joost grabbed his first number one hit in Austria and Germany with the single “Friesenjung”, a collaboration with German rapper Ski Aggu and comedian Otto Waalkes. The song has had over 120 million streams worldwide on Spotify alone.

4. Already an award winner

Should Joost win Eurovision, it wouldn’t be the first award he wins. Recently, Joost won the prestigious Popprijs 2023. An annual award in the Netherlands to the band or artist that has had the most impact in Dutch pop music that year.

5. We learn what Europapa really is!

A tribute to his father, Europapa is about an orphan who travels throughout Europe (and beyond) to find himself and tell his story. In a chat with our William Lee Adams, Joost expands on what “Europapa” really is. “It is everybody! It is within us all. It is a way of life, it is a way of thinking and there is a lot of emotion involved. Every Europapa is ready for some therapy baby!”

6. Joost and… Wim Hof?

Joost is an advocate of going to therapy. Asked what type of therapy he recommends, Joost says “Every type of therapy! A few years ago I walked barefoot in a forest. I was like hell no! But I did it and it felt amazing. I didn’t want to admit this. Even like the Wim Hof method in an ice bath, everything is ok!”

7. Joost believes in positive affirmations.

“Positive affirmations changed it all for me. It’s so weird to admit that a piece of paper has that power. Maybe it’s the words, or your brain has that power. Writing positive stuff on the mirror. It feels like a Lizzie Maguire movie or something, very American of me to do, but it changed my self-image and the way I think about myself. My career went up when I trained this muscle.”

8. Joost loves Poetry

Joost wrote a small book of poems titled Albino, which was published in November 2018. Klein says that he wrote the book because of his father, who had also written a book and encouraged him to do the same.

9. Joost loves marketing

Joost told our William Lee Adams about his love for Marketing, “It’s crazy. It’s actually insane. I feel very honoured. I grew up loving marketing. I love commercials, I love marketing, I love thinking about aesthetics and ways to market myself. It’s my life. I got it tattooed on my leg. The fact that marketing is marketing now? It’s crazy.”

10. Joost loves onions!

“When I was a kid, I used to fake when I had a cold so my parents would give me an onion next to my bed, cut up, and I would eat the onion. My parents would wake up and say ‘Joost! Don’t eat the onion!’ I have a weird taste.” The concept is that onions have the ability to absorb bacteria and viruses and, by doing so, can draw germs and toxins out of a sick person or even the air.

Stay tuned to Wiwibloggs for more on Joost, and to find out 10 Facts about more of your favourite artists from Eurovision 2024!

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Nadiia
Nadiia
27 days ago

9 articles about Joost already.
Nice song, nice guy, but Jerry Heil and alyona alyona have only 7 articles including the wiwi rating, and Moldova only 5 articles.
Why does Wiwi give preferences?

Itchymonkey
Itchymonkey
29 days ago

Winner get used to it

Fizzpunk
Fizzpunk
29 days ago
Reply to  Itchymonkey

We Fizz you!!
Its now or never. xxx

ANDREW BROWN
ANDREW BROWN
29 days ago

I like the way this song starts off like Falco’s Rock me amadeus/vienna calling rap and then 2/3rds through morphs into 2 Unlimited’s No Limits base. The Netherlands will do well with the public. It really has grown on me. Now were will Bjorkman place this!

Eyal
Eyal
29 days ago

We know it is going to be top 10, we are almost sure it will be top 5. There are good chances it might win.

Seddik
Seddik
29 days ago
Reply to  Eyal

I think it will be largely ignored by the juries but a massive amount of televote points will still place it 3rd overall.

Fizzpunk
Fizzpunk
29 days ago
Reply to  Seddik

Really think this could be a jury bite as well.

Seddik
Seddik
29 days ago
Reply to  Fizzpunk

I really hope so!

Leo
Leo
29 days ago

Surely the fact he has a tattoo of the so called Crazy Frog phenomena from the mid noughties is worth a mention.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
29 days ago

no one cares about this ugly loser wannabe singer

Basti
Basti
29 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

Seriously Nicky, when will you grow up? Not only on here, on different messageboards you are really doing your best to not be liked.

Bettie
Bettie
28 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

Please don’t post disrespectful comments, you don’t have to like a song, but artists have feelings too, talking about ugliness…

Nufari
Nufari
1 month ago

Somehow I adore him.. even when he talks in some interviews.. they way he explained something.. for me he is quite mature for his age..

Kosey
Kosey
1 month ago

I’ve been getting slightly obsessed with his back catalogue – Wachtmuziek, 2002/2001, Droom Groot and Antwoord being my personal favourites.

Dr. Fergal Sherlock
Dr. Fergal Sherlock
1 month ago

It’s an instant like, accessible, simple to sing along to (whilst being musically complex and varied).

I think it’ll do really well… if not win outright… For the Saturday Night Only viewers at least… One watch and you’re smitten.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
29 days ago

accessible? no one understands dutch gibberish lol

Seddik
Seddik
29 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

About 24 million people in Europe do.

Fizzpunk
Fizzpunk
29 days ago

I think Joost and his team are creating that one smitten moment.
Some rumours appeared 2day online about his stage-act.
I hope they dont overdo it??

That my biggest concern in their enthusiasm. They are such a bunch of young creative artists getting this big stage.

For that matter also my huge respect to the irish delegation.
I got very impressed by the back catalogue of Bambie Thug.

It has been 5 years since Hatari 2019. I have had these vibes.

Wishing all ESC act lots of energy doing their thing.

Robert
Robert
1 month ago

I can’t with the cheap tries with filming stuff with Kaarija.

Muyi
Muyi
1 month ago
Reply to  Robert

Jeez calm down they friends okay

Seddik
Seddik
29 days ago
Reply to  Robert

They’re buddies. Käärijä campaigned for Joost to be the Dutch entry and Joost let Käärijä listen to Europapa before submitting in for Eurovision.

Milla
Milla
1 month ago

Surprised he’s not doing better with the OGAE so far. Same points as Sweden 😉

Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  Milla

He doesn’t need the OGAE when the real contest is right there.

Milla
Milla
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

But still very surprising. He’s viral.

SourPuss
SourPuss
1 month ago
Reply to  Milla

OGAE voters are middle aged white gay men…. They tend to vote for what was Eurovision in 2005-2015 and not what young people would vote now. The world changed, OGAE is still busy trying to catch up ?

Fizzpunk
Fizzpunk
29 days ago
Reply to  SourPuss

hahahaha, thats really Sour………………….., Puss.
but you just read my mind!!

OMG YAS Queeen…………….lalalala dancebreak, the best since the invention of sliced bread.

Greetings.
“Its now or never”.

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
29 days ago
Reply to  Milla

Imagine taking the OGAE seriously.

MaggieMayhem
MaggieMayhem
29 days ago
Reply to  Milla

I’m not surprised. OGAE has a girl bop bias.