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Netherlands: Anouk chosen; Internal Song Selection

Anouk has this morning confirmed that she will be representing the Netherlands in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest. In a Facebook message to her fans, the 37-year old said “To my fans… I will represent the Netherlands next year at the Eurosong festival… I’m looking forward to that… let’s hope for the best!”. It has also been confirmed that the song will be selected internally and presented towards the end of February.

Anouk Teeuwe, commonly known under her stage name Anouk has just been announced to be the Dutch representative in Malmö this year. The story around the 37 year old singer started earlier this year, in July.

In July 2012, Anouk announced via social media that she had a ‘killer song’ ready for the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Malmö. She added that she did not want to take part in a national final, like TROS planned. TROS at first reacted by saying that everyone who was interested, could just submit a song to TROS for the national final. The broadcaster already requested airtime for January 2013, in which the preliminaries and final of the national final were going to take place.

However, soon after this, heavy criticism from the Dutch music scene – where former participants said that ‘if someone like Anouk offers to go to Eurovision, you should always give her priority over a national final’ – occured. TROS announced that they were going to start talks with Anouk and her management to see if they could reach an agreement.

The story continued in September. TROS DJ and Eurovision commentator Daniël Dekker said the talks were going rather well. According to him, they were working towards a certain point. When media all over Europe picked up this news,  Anouk responded to the news as well by saying she had no idea of any talks. After contacting TROS, it was made clear that the two parties were definitely talking.
The last part of Anouk’s road to being announced comes from another artist. Gordon Heuckeroth, who was part of De Toppers in 2009, said on national television that he was going to try to represent Switzerland, as it was sure that Anouk would take the place for The Netherlands. Only a few days later, TROS broke the silence: Anouk will indeed represent The Netherlands in Malmö.

Anouk Teeuwe is a 37 year old singer from The Netherlands. Her career started in 1996, when she sang in the band Shotgun Wedding. She was discovered when singing there and released her first solo single: Mood Indigo. The song only had minor success in The Netherlands.
One year later, in 1997, Anouk had her breakthrough. With a new songwriter, she released Nobody’s Wife, which became a major success across Europe. It peaked in the top ten in five European countries (The Netherlands, Belgium, Finland, Norway and Sweden) and also charted in Germany and Italy. The album was called Together Alone and had a lot of success as well, reaching double platinum in The Netherlands, platinum in Italy and gold in Sweden.

All of her next songs only charted in The Netherlands and Belgium, but her popularity kept rising. In 2005, she released the single Lost, which once again did not bring her a #1-hit in the official charts, even though it peaked at #1 for one week in the Norwegian iTunes charts three years later, in 2008. Earlier this year, it also achieved #1 in the Danish iTunes charts, after Ida fra Videbæk sang the song on X-Factor Denmark.

In 2005, her song Girl was chosen by radio station 3FM as the best Dutch song of all time.
Anouk’s first (and so far only) #1-hit in the Dutch charts came in 2009: Three Days In A Row managed to top the charts. A year later, Anouk announced to cancel her tour and quit her job as teacher at the conservatorium, to focuss on making new music again. She also developed herself as a composer for other artists (such as Trijntje Oosterhuis).