The Netherlands have been one of the most successful countries in the Eurovision Song Contest with an impressive four wins under their belt. Last year in Copenhagen, they came very close to adding a fifth, as the duo ‘The Common Linnets’ wauwed the Eurovision audience and viewers at home with their ‘Calm After The Storm’.
For the third time in a row, The Dutch broadcaster has opted for an internal selection and chosen for a singer who’s established in their country; This year it’s Trijntje Oosterhuis, who’s been in the Dutch music industry for nearly 25 years. Starting her career with her brother in Total Touch, the singer has mastered practically every single genre you can think of and build on a diverse audience. After her role as coach on The Voice, Eurovision only seemed natural to follow next.
Trijntje’s entry, a mid tempo stadium filler called ‘Walk Along’, was written by Anouk, another big name in the Dutch music industry, who happened to go herself to Eurovision back in 2013. Now Trijntje’s entry is nowhere near the style of Anouk’s entry a few years back. It’s fresher and memorable, but at the same time also rather repetitive when we’re almost half through the song, so that could be its downfall.
2015 is shaping up to be a good Eurovision year, albeit very mid-tempo and ballad heavy, so it will be interesting to see whether the Netherlands can surprise us again this year with their diva. They’re wedged between Belgium and Finland in the first semi final on May 19, so don’t miss them.