Picture: Ruud Janssen for AVROTROS/EBU

Fans and delegations are all counting the days until Eurovision 2024 rehearsals commence. One of the most anticipated entries at this year’s contest is Joost Klein‘s “Europapa”. The Dutch hitmaker will close the second semi-final.

Earlier, it was revealed that Gover Meit will stage the Netherlands’ Eurovision act. The mysterious comedian and stage director kept silent for a long time on the act, claiming that if he saw the staging, he would likely leak it to the media.

After months of radio silence from the Dutch delegation, Meit has now given television programme Shownieuws a few titbits about the staging of Joost Klein’s “Europapa.”

“People will not believe that it is physically possible.” Meit said. “It is going to be a new form of the Moon landing. It has never been done before.” 

Joost Klein climbs with bookies during pre-party season

While last year’s Dutch act had a less favourable pre-party season, Joost Klein has only gone up since performing his song live. 

The Frisian-born musician showcased his entry in front of his home crowd at AFAS Live on 12 April. A day later, he flew out to Stockholm’s pre-party. 

As a result, “Europapa” now sits comfortably as third favourite in this year’s betting odds next to other favourites Switzerland and Croatia. 

After his official music video received millions of views within the first days after its release, and his song broke local Spotify records, Joost received the producer’s pimp slot for the second semi-final. This also means that his performance will be one of the last ones to be revealed to the press.

What are you expecting from Joost Klein’s “Europapa” staging? Do you think that the Dutch star can go all the way? Let us know in the comments down below!

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Maria
Maria
27 days ago

we know in the Netherlands Gover Meit isn’t always serious, but unfortunately the international press is translating everything he says literally. He was punished by the rest of the team because he used the metaphor ‘moonlanding. But it’s the way he is, always enthusiastic and we can’t blame him for it.

Maria
Maria
27 days ago

Creative Director Gover Meit said smiling on Dutch TV that he was punished by the rest of the team because he compared Joost his TV- performance with the metaphor moonlanding, but no one is able to control Gover I’m afraid.

Seddik
Seddik
27 days ago

Gover Meit on Dutch tv tonight: they’ve been working on staging for months and it’ll be a mix between Käärijä’s liveliness and Salvador Sobral’s gentleness.

Joost will be joined on stage by his long time friends YouTubers Martijn ‘Stuntkabouter’ van Eijzeren and Appie ‘Apson’ Mussa.

NoMoreEscAddicted
NoMoreEscAddicted
27 days ago

Street saying that Kaarija could appear in Joost performance…I don’t know if it’s right or wrong but definetely a good way to get televote points maybe… maybe Kaarija will transform into Joost on stage or vice versa, reference to “physically impossible”, we’ll see, answer in one week exactly.

Seddik
Seddik
27 days ago

Some Dutch ESC reporter floated that idea a while ago, I think that’s where that rumor started. Now I’d love to see Käärijä on stage with Joost, he has been very supportive of him right from the start when Joost started his campaign to be the Dutch entry, but I do fear a lot of people would call it a cheap trick to cash in on Käärijä’s popularity.

Itchymonkey
Itchymonkey
27 days ago

I wonder if his parents will appear in hologram beside him? That would just be cry x1000000

Nadiia
Nadiia
27 days ago

Already 9 articles about Joost here on Wiwibloggs and the rating for Netherlands is not even out, so that would be at least 10 articles for Joost,
and only 7 articles for Jerry Heil and alyona alyona,
and only 5 for Moldova.
Preferences?

Seddik
Seddik
27 days ago
Reply to  Nadiia

Joost just plays the game very well, releasing snippets of information at a time. This way there is always something to write about.

Bettie
Bettie
27 days ago
Reply to  Nadiia

Just journalists doing their job, when there’s news they post about it.

Fizzpunk
Fizzpunk
26 days ago
Reply to  Nadiia

The press is where there is something to mention.
Joost and team are just doing a great job.

Despicable Annie
Despicable Annie
27 days ago

This song is very deserving of winning Eurovision, even though it’s not among my favorites I wouldn’t be against going back to Holland next year.

Tino
Tino
28 days ago

I stick with my initial opinion. The message is nice, the song is of course fun and enjoyable but it’s also of very poor taste imo (and I insist on the imo). This song feels like an ode to cheesiness to me and as I know public will probably rank this first, I sure do hope juries will do their job and make sure this song doesn’t win. I’m not against a bit of fun in the contest but I’m not in favor of letting songs like this winning the whole thing. It will just hurt the contest. Anyway, I… Read more »

Seddik
Seddik
28 days ago

Gover Meit and Joost are both so wonderfully weird, I’m convinced we’re going to see something unique.

idk
idk
28 days ago

We heard that with Greece and Ireland once. But this guy is desperate to win so who knows

Fizzpunk
Fizzpunk
28 days ago
Reply to  idk

On my YT channel I get all those commercial adds for suporting Kaleen, Austria. We will rave.
How about desperate to win??? Thats just a cheap copy of old days raving.

I will rave with the best genuine beat. And thats Joost not Kaleen.
Who knows??

Thallo
Thallo
28 days ago

I’m convinced that Joost will win.

Joost is simply so personable and likeable, his content, humour & music has a Gen-Z edge but it appeals to all ages. I can already imagine Joost in the winner’s lineup, it just feels right. If his staging is as spectacular as stated, I have no doubt he’ll storm the televote. This is the most exciting act of the year for me, alongside Switzerland & Greece.

NoMoreEscAddicted
NoMoreEscAddicted
28 days ago

I think this statement is a kind of joke to mock a bit this esc world, I mean come on, “never seen before””hard to believe it’s physically possible” “new form of the Moon landing” don’t you see the 2nd degree in that. But also it’s exactly what’s excites the fandom during the pre rehearsals and Twan and the dutch team knows that very well, they are marketing again and again and it works apparently, but Eurovision is not only about marketing so Joost has to really deliver too on stage and even more now that their marketing raises expectations…this marketing… Read more »

Fizzpunk
Fizzpunk
28 days ago

Ey Yo, Joost and team are old Gabbers!!
They hit or miss.

Let’s open the Mosh-pitt, NOW.
As there are no rules besides we take care for eachother and if somebody falls we help!!

Let’s Gooooo…………………

NoMoreEscAddicted
NoMoreEscAddicted
28 days ago
Reply to  Fizzpunk

If somebody falls this esc world is without pity you know…

Fizzpunk
Fizzpunk
28 days ago

I know, but Im from the time of Hallelulia sing a song, lalala and Love, peace and more lalala.

I get anyone on its feet who dropped nomatter what.

OPEN die Mosh-pitt!!
The biggest you’d ever made.

Its now or never.

Maria
Maria
27 days ago

imo you fall when you don’t try and keep it safe.

Bettie
Bettie
28 days ago

Go big or go home and I love it.

NoMoreEscAddicted
NoMoreEscAddicted
28 days ago
Reply to  Bettie

Everything or nothing, that’s a risk.

Bettie
Bettie
28 days ago

You win some, you lose some.

Bettie
Bettie
28 days ago

The technical rehearsals all-ready started

Fizzpunk
Fizzpunk
28 days ago
Reply to  Bettie

Lets do this.

NoMoreEscAddicted
NoMoreEscAddicted
28 days ago
Reply to  Bettie

I know but better to stay silent until the 1st official rehearsals imo.

Bettie
Bettie
28 days ago

They are very silent, the only thing Govert said, after the press kept asking him, is it’s going to be different, and innovative, we will see if he’s right or wrong. He is a comedian as well so don’t take his words too serious.

Maria
Maria
26 days ago

It was a just slip of the tongue.

Rick
Rick
28 days ago

Maybe a hologram of his parents?

Henry
Henry
28 days ago

Very enjoyable and pleasant to listen. But Finland is miles ahead.

Thallo
Thallo
28 days ago
Reply to  Henry

In what universe is Finland miles ahead?

Henry
Henry
28 days ago
Reply to  Thallo

In the universe of quality and taste.

Fizzpunk
Fizzpunk
28 days ago
Reply to  Henry

Thallo is a perfect example of quality and taste.

Bettie
Bettie
28 days ago
Reply to  Henry

Taste? Grown up man in very tiny underpants?

malanga chips
malanga chips
27 days ago
Reply to  Henry

Finland is cringe, tf is u talkin abt?

Sebas
Sebas
28 days ago

The comment sections on posts about the Netherlands are looking more and more like the winner of Eurovision comment sections every day.

Henry
Henry
28 days ago
Reply to  Sebas

You’ve already said this.

Sebas
Sebas
28 days ago
Reply to  Henry

Regarding the Finland post, yea I commented wrong there. Meant to post here, but my phone was freaking out and I thought I was on this post.

Basti
Basti
28 days ago

I dont like these kinds of statements every year. Its usually the Greek that are saying such things. Anyway, it still makes me very excited to see their act. It will be fun for sure.

Bettie
Bettie
28 days ago

People don’t take Govert Meit very serious he is a Comedian after all… But I’m glad they have Twan in their team as well.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
28 days ago
Reply to  Bettie

i don’t take Stefano serious after his appearance on The Traitors (De Verraders) with his overacting in that lol

also he looks similar to the Little Big singer Ilia

Fizzpunk
Fizzpunk
28 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

ja ja ja en dat doet’ie goed. Ey!!

Jij trekt zekers volle zalen……………………..??

Konstrakta
Konstrakta
28 days ago

That toxic cocktail of fear, jealousy and piss. People start wetting themselves.

Konstrakta
Konstrakta
28 days ago
Reply to  Konstrakta

Biti zdrava!

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
28 days ago

Same statement like always… Better be careful when raising the expectations so high

Iván el Conquistador
Iván el Conquistador
28 days ago

Remember 2021. Maneskin were accepted by the fans but there was something else topping the betting odds like Malta, Switzerland and France, and then the rehearsals happened and out of nowhere Italy’s chances grew up spectacularly. The juries favoured Gjon’s Tears and Barbara Pravi but people didn’t like seeing Destiny turned into a Lizzo wannabe while “Tout l’Universe” and “Voilà” were like many recent winners. “Zitti e buoni” won because it was different from the rest of songs that competed. Why do I say this? Because Joost is loved but it’s not considered the absolute favourite to win yet but… Read more »

Kor
Kor
28 days ago

Yeah, but it is hard to compare Maneskin and Joost. Maneskin did get enough jury points as they delivered a strong song, also vocally. Joost song is a gimmick, and he has no vocal abilities, in my opinion the worst vocalist of the year.

Bettie
Bettie
28 days ago
Reply to  Kor

imo that’s BL

Kor
Kor
28 days ago
Reply to  Bettie

While BL vocal abilities are not perfect, at least he is singing a lot. Joost is not singing, rapping a part, and the most catchy part of the song is back track… Even his start of word “Euro” sounds horrible.

musica
musica
28 days ago
Reply to  Kor

You’re confusing the pre parties and concerts with a Eurovision performance. Joost sees those as completely different. At Eurovision he’ll at least try to sing 😉

Bettie
Bettie
28 days ago
Reply to  Kor

I’m glad they take risks. A song in Dutch even though it’s not the most beautiful language in the world, in stead of English lyrics to please the public, and probably innovative staging. It’s go big or go home.

musica
musica
28 days ago
Reply to  Kor

It’s so stupid to judge Joost on his ability to sing a few notes on key. Lots of great artists aren’t necessarily great singers. Joost is a performer, he’s not a singer… not even really a rapper.

Kor
Kor
28 days ago
Reply to  musica

I am actually not judging, just responging about difference between him and Maneskin, and why, in my opinion, this can not be compared, and Joost will have a hard time getting any serious points from juries.

Fatima
Fatima
27 days ago
Reply to  musica

Isn’t vocal capacity on the list of things the juries have to consider?

ATLANTIC
ATLANTIC
28 days ago

A Dutch win this year will catapult ESC back to … where it definitely doesn’t want to be … a label saying … a gimmick show of dreadful songs and artists with no vocal abilities!

BbTt
BbTt
28 days ago

Someone says that every year and it’s always something so incredibly unoriginal.
Well, makes sense in this case.

Denis
Denis
28 days ago

We have this every year but this time I believe it. It goes so well with the over the top personality and song that I actually expect nothing less.
He better deliever!

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
28 days ago

of course Govert/Stefano goes for something over the top, like his own personality basically, always over the top dramatic

lmao

Netherlands could’ve had such a banger if only Douwe Bob kept This World Is Our Home for ESC, sad

Bettie
Bettie
28 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

I’mglad he didn’t

Basti
Basti
28 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

lol Nicky, arent you the one who is always over the top dramatic?

Ari
Ari
28 days ago

Sounds just like Russia 2016. All about waving shiny staging props around. And unfortunately, it’s gonna work.

ThorBeta
ThorBeta
28 days ago
Reply to  Ari

At least for the televoting. It’s not gonna do much for the juries.

Ari
Ari
28 days ago
Reply to  ThorBeta

I hope so.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
28 days ago
Reply to  ThorBeta

hoping for a nice televote 0 as well, to cancel dutch language for good at ESC

Andrew
Andrew
28 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

Oh Anonymous91 you’re in a vicious mood today! Do explain why the Dutch language should be cancelled. Such a silly comment.

Bettie
Bettie
28 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

Disrespectful, Respectloos, dankjewel ( in Dutch especially for you 😉

Seddik
Seddik
28 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

Opberen met je eindeloze geëmmer over mijn taal beschuitlul.

Chris
Chris
28 days ago

Eurovision always has entries like this one and sometimes these entries even win. It almost won last year. So i don’t get the hate for this one. It’s a fun super catchy song with a deeper meaning which I find very clever. I don’t think he needs special props or weird staging to do well. He has already done it with the song.

ATLANTIC
ATLANTIC
28 days ago

I think this is about the worst entry I’ve come across in the last five years … . I don’t get it – at all!

Sierri
28 days ago

I love it now!

Sun
Sun
28 days ago

Can someone tell him that he should change stylists and hairdressers?

Elias
Elias
28 days ago
Reply to  Sun

Upload a selfie so we can see how seriously we can take this comment from you

Andrew
Andrew
28 days ago
Reply to  Elias

Hahaha.

Sun
Sun
28 days ago
Reply to  Elias

You toxic ESC fandom make any humorous comment toxic. What a sad life Lol

Bettie
Bettie
28 days ago
Reply to  Sun

Judging people on how they look is low

Sun
Sun
28 days ago
Reply to  Bettie

In my opinion, commenting that I don’t like a look, I think it’s not playing tricks on anyone, it’s a matter of taste. Trying to twist the words that’s low.

juliana
juliana
28 days ago

I cant wait Joostt… go go go Joost

Kor
Kor
28 days ago

Let’s wait and see… but I have a feeling they will go over the top and create a huge gimmick that most of the people will go WTF? And not in a good way.

Also, all this hype they are creating, it will be bad if they don’t deliver

Milla
Milla
28 days ago
Reply to  Kor

This is exactly what I’m thinking.

Bettie
Bettie
28 days ago
Reply to  Kor

People create the hype for them you cant’t make a song popular when people hate it. Even if you try very hard.

Michael
Michael
28 days ago

Low quality childish song 🙁

Konrad
Konrad
28 days ago
Reply to  Michael

A childish song for which there happens to be much love.
It is charting in the Baltics, in Belgium and Austria. So the hype is not only among the Dutch as someone suggested in this comment section. It’s also in 5th place on the Eurovision scoreboard… just saying

Bettie
Bettie
28 days ago
Reply to  Konrad

Even if you don’t count the views from Belgium and the Netherlands (stats are public) Europapa is still the most listened 2024 ESC song on Spotify.

Basti
Basti
28 days ago
Reply to  Michael

Its also very childish to repeat yourself all the time… Bye!

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
28 days ago

Not the producer’s pimp slot lol

Roy
Roy
28 days ago

The juries entered the chat….. they will not like it.. at all…

Kuhkatz
Kuhkatz
29 days ago

New form of the moon landing?
Who See just entered the Chat.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
29 days ago

Off-topic: The “intimate” version of Bambie Thug’s “Doomsday Blue” has been released, and its a really great performance.
Thank you to ESC for releasing so much “extra” material this year. So far this other version of “Doomsday Blue” is my favourite. I was not expecting such a fantastic performance, bravo.

Justice
Justice
29 days ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

I a million percent agree. It is so so good and showcases bambie’s amazing vocals as well as gives the song a heart and one can really feel the emotions and reality behind it.

Liam Lindsay
Liam Lindsay
29 days ago

Not a winner but, I do see a strong televote result. 6th – 9th place would be a respectable finish. Irregardless how good the staging may or may not be, I just do not see the Juries voting in sufficient numbers to put this in a winners conversation.

Michael
Michael
29 days ago
Reply to  Liam Lindsay

Agree. Hopefully there are juries in this contest; otherwise trash and childish songs like this one would receive high televoting points than they deserved.

KJB
KJB
29 days ago
Reply to  Michael

So you are saying a legitimate music style that adults go to festivals in their 10s of thousands, or 100s of thousands to watch is trash and childish?
May I suggests that people just have different tastes in music?

Bettie
Bettie
28 days ago
Reply to  Michael

People over here should stop calling songs trash when it’s not their taste. All artists tried their best. Don’t be disrespectful out of hate or jealousy.

Jonas
Jonas
29 days ago
Reply to  Liam Lindsay

Good point, but maybe some jurors will be aware of the bad feeling last year’s jury result generated and not want to repeat that.

Liam Lindsay
Liam Lindsay
29 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

I see where that orginates but, sometimes, there is a premeditated consensus amongst juries. Sweden won last year with Loreen & Tattoo. Kaarija brought so much more than Loreen. Kaarija brought, charisma, character, fun, creativity, originality etc. Loreen even though she’s a true talent, all she had was a good vocal with a slightly above average song with faultless, extremely strong staging; so strong that it made the song weaker as it swallowed her. Jurors will always be jurors and will never give the dues to the “fun” songs that are quality that need the points over some songs that… Read more »

Kosey
Kosey
28 days ago
Reply to  Liam Lindsay

Your argument is that Joost is not commercially viable? Acts like 2Unlimited and Vengaboys were incredibly commercially viable? I don’t see why Joost cannot emulate that?

Denis
Denis
28 days ago
Reply to  Liam Lindsay

And you are saying Loreen was not creative? Or had charisma?
Do you know how hard it is to do what she did, while also singing? And singing laying down?
There is a reason most singers dont song laying down

Bettie
Bettie
28 days ago
Reply to  Liam Lindsay

No, on Spotify even without the streams from Belgium and NL, it is still the most streamed eurovision song, (stats are public) and I think (I am not sure) other countries are most streamed by the home country as well.

KKSlider
KKSlider
29 days ago

I’m so hyped!

Itchymonkey
Itchymonkey
29 days ago

Just to clarify exactly 50 years ago mouth and McNeal were favourites to win the 1974 Eurovision. ABBA beat them.
Fitting Netherlands reverse that 50 years later in Malmo of all places

Jonas
Jonas
29 days ago
Reply to  Itchymonkey

They reversed it the very next year in Stockholm!

Jonas
Jonas
29 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

I think this year!s contest is rigged for Netherlands so that they can host it on the 50th anniversary of Dinge A Donge.

Emma
Emma
28 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

That actually does makes sense

Itchymonkey
Itchymonkey
29 days ago

The head of the Dutch delegation I believe was the actual contest executive producer a few years ago. So he will know how to wow the jury with staging and charm them.
This could be the last minute runner on the rail that blows the field away

Michael
Michael
29 days ago

No matter the staging this song is just childish and trash 🙁

Toine
Toine
29 days ago
Reply to  Michael

That’s only your opinion.. many other people don’t agree with you..

WhiteSox
WhiteSox
29 days ago
Reply to  Toine

But many others do, honey. This song indeed is very bad, whatever the delegation or others say. “Never seen before”? So was La Zarra’ staging last year. Well…16th in the grand finale is a good place for NL this year too.

Toine
Toine
29 days ago
Reply to  WhiteSox

Aah! There you are my dear! Ready again to bash the Dutch entry.. you’re hate campaign will not work .. Joost will do well.. and you know it…

Henry
Henry
29 days ago

Yes, defenitely winner vibes. This will be an epic performance.

Kosey
Kosey
29 days ago

I can’t remember as much excitement for a Eurovision act – something tells me this is going to be iconic

Jonas
Jonas
29 days ago
Reply to  Kosey

The last time the contest was on Malmö, Netherlands had not even qualified for nine years! How things change.

Jonas
Jonas
29 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

in Malmö

Shino
Shino
29 days ago

This is going to be awesome!

Jonas
Jonas
29 days ago

Winner vibes incoming!

Ishigaki
Ishigaki
29 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

It’s not a winner will do well though. I have correctly picked 23/25 Eurovision winners and Switzerland will win this year. Uk and France will also do well with Netherlands and Italy in the top 5.

Jonas
Jonas
29 days ago
Reply to  Ishigaki

Who were the two you missed?

Justice
Justice
29 days ago
Reply to  Ishigaki

Woah! Thats incredible which ones did u predict correct and which ones did u miss. I hope ur right and uk does well.

ThorBeta
ThorBeta
28 days ago
Reply to  Ishigaki

We have similar records then but I predict Croatia to win this year with Switzerland winning the jury vote (a result similar to Dami Im in 2016). I agree that UK and France will do well (mostly thanks to juries) and Netherlands and Italy will be in the Top 5.
PS. For the records I missed Estonia in 2001 and Portugal in 2017.

Bettie
Bettie
28 days ago
Reply to  Ishigaki

I don’t think Switserland will win, even Arcade almost became-second because of the televote, and I don’t think Nemo’s song is going to get more jury votes than Arcade did, because France and Italy and Norway, will steal a lot of votes, but we will see.