The Netherlands

Semi One predictions from Daniel and me

Mike;

Finland No
Greece No
Moldova Maybe
Hungary Yes
Croatia Yes
The Netherlands Yes
Armenia Yes
San Marino No
Russia Yes
Czech Republic Yes
Cyprus Maybe
Austria Yes
Estonia Maybe
Azerbaijan Yes
Montenegro No
Iceland Yes
Bosnia and Herzegovina Yes
Malta Yes

So someone will miss out from my predictions, and sadly I think it will be Austria

From Daniel;

Finland No
Greece No
Moldova Maybe
Hungary Yes
Croatia Yes
The Netherlands Yes
Armenia Yes
San Marino No
Russia Yes
Czech Republic Yes
Cyprus No
Austria Yes
Estonia No
Azerbaijan Maybe
Montenegro No
Iceland Yes
Bosnia and Herzegovina Yes
Malta Yes

Some slight disagreements here, but more or less we agree this year

Anyway what the hell do we know.....though we usually get 7-9 out of 10

Douwe Bob bar opening in Stockholm

Wonder on Sun, 05/08/2016 - 16:04

Yesterday Douwe Bob had a special of opening his bar in Stockholm where you can drink a beer and listen to a music you retro-pop stuff you should like if you're into Douwe Bob's music, 70s pop-rock and intimate atmosphere while spending a nice evening somewhere out.
A lot of delegations have arrived to check the opening - Russia, Finland, Estonia, Spain, San Marino and many others. Cyprus have got a special present for Douwe - Cypriot pomace brandy.
Later everyone have moved to ground floor and Douwe has performed few songs including "Slow Down", then Amir came up to the stage with a cover of Michel Fugain's "Une belle histoire". The set was finished with all guests singing The Beatles' "Hey Jude" on a small intimate stage.

Douwe Bob bar opening

The Netherlands - first rehearsal

Wonder on Mon, 05/02/2016 - 14:39

Douwe with his musicians performs on a small area with a LED-floor showing gigantic clocks. It looks cozy and special with a good contrast to other performances.
I'm still sceptic about this song but it looks more spectacular to look than to listen to in a studio version. Douwe is stable and charismatic vocalist and works with cameras really good.
Basically nothing happens on the stage, it's just Douwe singing and musicians imitating playing instruments. But you're not get bored!
It's difficult to believe in this song but we have unexpected finalists like this with simple but soulful melodic songs almost every year.

The Netherlands Second Rehearsal: Trijntje Oosterhuis - Walk Along

The Netherlands have made their second rehearsal soooo sooo soooo much better.
Trijntje's original dress has left the building and been swapped for a leather jacket and black dress. It's a much better choice in my opinion. The black lace head piece has remained for the first verse of the song.

There hasn't been much changes otherwise in terms of staging, but Trijntje seems to be feeling a lot more comfortable on the stage. I love the camera work that's been done too. Trijntje's more or less singing towards the tv audience and that really works in its favour.

A very good rehearsal for The Netherlands. This semi is already turning into a killer.

The Netherlands First Rehearsal: Trijntje Oosterhuis - Walk Along

Oh Trijntje, dear, dear Trijntje from the Netherlands. For the first time in a long time, we're starting to see many of the outfits artists are wearing for their upcoming semi's as requested by ORF, but Trijntje's making an impact but for all the wrong reasons.

Her performance starts off rather well, very intimate and close with a focus on Trijntje's face, which for the first verse is covered in a black lace, veil. But when the camera zooms out, and Trijntje's dress appears our fears for a fashion disaster become real. With a big low cut, showing a lot of boob, fans in the press center are already speculating Trijntje could win this year's Barbara Dex Award. Trijntje is a beautiful woman, but the dress she's wearing is certainly not flattering her.

Because fashion is so involved with the staging, I'm really unsure about Trijntje's overall staging visually at the moment. There are a lot of elements which look as if they have been thrown together right now and therefore don't work that well. We get a smokey background first, which then all the sudden changes to neon lights and then goes back to a range of metal looking fluo colours. Strange choices. On the other hand, just like last year, the close ups are once again really well done. And that's, together with her incredible voice, the Dutch biggest selling asset.

So in short, a great voice on the stage but visually The Netherlands need a re-think and go back to last year's approach and keep in mind that less is more.

Netherlands Cinq Points!

The Netherlands - First Rehearsal

The Netherland's entry is sexy as well as Trijntje Oosterhuis is wearing a very open dress showing her décolleté a lot. For the second try she changed her costume a bit, wearing a veil that hides her face making it more mysterious for us.

Trijnje has a good eye contact with the audience and that makes her more sincere although she stays a bit emotionless during the whole performance. I would expect more action from such a song. As I mentioned before they added a veil to her look but when the second try started she didn’t like it and immediately took it off.

Vocally she's very good, but the overall performance is not that impressive. To be honest, I don’t think she will qualify for the final. Sorry…

Well, only during the 3d try I've noticed that Trijnje is wearing some orange neon stickers on her fingers that can be visible when there a few lights on the stage.

Rehearsal of The Netherlands

Andy on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 13:18

Fashion police is usually very busy at the Eurovision and Trijntje outfit is definitely one for it.

There isn't much else to say about the performance, the stage floor where Trijntje stand is showing some cracks or rays of light and there is walking figure on the background. There are 4 backing vocalists who do the walk along bit, and there is an extensive use of all sorts of colours on the stage.

She looks not really comfortable on the stage and not please herself with the performance (or is it the outfit?), but vocally it is nice. The song now has a very interesting mood but again this is a borderline qualifier.

First impressions from The Netherlands on stage

Sorry missed the first run through

But seeing the dress now live on screen....oh dear to be honest....there is a saying that less is more sometimes....and we are seeing plenty here...

Heard the sound while I was elsewhere and it seems ok.....but that still does not lift what is essentially a dull song

Second run through now.....she look uncomfortable and almost pained expression on her face....and the lace veil is not helping this at all.....not really going to repeat the success of the Common Linnets from last year.....

Lots of colour switching in the backdrop is making this look more messy as it grinds to it's 3 minute end point!