Friday the 13th is feared as an unlucky day, but not for The Netherlands’ Douwe Bob. His new single ‘Hold On’ has been released to all streaming platforms, making his day (and ours!) a lot luckier.
A song against bullying
Douwe Bob represented The Netherlands in 2016 with ‘Slow Down’, which turned out to not be very prophetic. The singer has seen great success in his home country, releasing two albums since his participation. Now, he is back with ‘Hold On’. The track could remind listeners of ‘Slow Down’, with its distinct country sound that would nonetheless do well on regular radio. ‘Hold On’ is a slower track, with an important message: he has written it to show support for parents whose children are being bullied.
Douwe has held an intimate concert for only one fan and her family in the Leidse Schouwburg. After posting about the message of his song on social media, Douwe was contacted by many fans, eventually choosing Saskia as the one who would get a free concert. In the video below, you can see the emotional meeting and performance:
You can also check out the song below:
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Douwe Bob at the Eurovision Song Contest
Douwe Bob was internally selected to represent The Netherlands at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm. He comfortably qualified from the first Semi Final, getting a 5th place. He ended up in a respectable 11th place in the Grand Final, with 153 points. During the performance of his song ‘Slow Down’, Douwe included 10 seconds of silence to interact with the audience.
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