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Anouk about Trijntje: “What the hell was that?”

Anouk about Trijntje: “What the hell was that?”

Uh oh, trouble in the Dutch Eurovision land. Anouk has spoken up about Trijntje Oosterhuis’s performance in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015. And she wasn’t happy what happened there… During the show RTL Late Night, where Anouk appeared to talk about her new role as coach on The Voice of Holland, she was asked about Eurovision. When the conversation turned to Trijntje’s performance of Walk Along, a song co-written by Anouk herself, Anouk let loose all of her frustrations, openly criticising the package Oosterhuis delivered. Anouk made it clear that Trijntje did a good job on the vocals, but everything else was a miss. She doesn’t regret giving her song away to Trijntje, though. Of course, Anouk mentioned the dress. The dress we all spoke about in May. Anouk said: I suddenly saw her [Trijntje] in that dress on the evening news. That’s when I thought: Geez… Shit, what the hell. I thought: Well that’s not gonna work out. […] Trijntje really didn’t expect such reactions to her dress, to which I told her that that was a little naive. I mean, if you come up with a dress all the way down to your clitoris, there’s really no surprise when people …
Not Dotan, but Douwe Bob to Stockholm?

Not Dotan, but Douwe Bob to Stockholm?

The rumour mill was in full swing, but Dutch newspaper Metro has just put oil to the small fire that existed. They have just published an article saying it’s not Dotan for Stockholm, but singer-songwriter Douwe Bob… Douwe Bob is a surprising name to many [including to this editor], as he hasn’t really scored many hits… Ever. He is one of the successful candidates on a Dutch talent show ‘The best singer-songwriter’.  The 22 year old has, up til now, released five singles, of which only one made the top 10: Hold Me. That song was a duet with the woman who’s been connected to Eurovision twice in the past years: Anouk. His other songs failed to impress in the charts. It is mainly because of his status that Douwe Bob is a surprising name. However, Avrotros have confirmed to Metro that they were in talks with Douwe Bob regarding the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest. The broadcaster, as well as the singer himself, did however emphasise that no agreement had yet been reached and the decision had not been taken yet. All is still possible, it seems! The chance that the Netherlands are going with a solo male singer are more …
Youddiph appears on The Voice Russia

Youddiph appears on The Voice Russia

A big surprise on Golos, the Russian version of The Voice, last night as Youddiph suddenly entered the stage! The singer, officially called Masha Katz, auditioned with the song What’s Going On. Youddiph represented Russia on its debut in the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Vyechniy Stranik and finished 9th. She is also remembered for the dress she wore that evening, which some would like to refer to as a sundried tomato… During her audition, Masha, now 42 years of age, had to sing in front of Alexander Gradsky, Basta, Grigory Leps and Eurovision’s own Polina Gagarina, who function as coaches on the show. Watch for yourself how it ended for Masha…
Have you heard that… (week 38)

Have you heard that… (week 38)

…Norway‘s Maria Haukaas Mittet is in the running to win a singing contest on Norwegian telly once again? She is taking part in „Stjernekamp“ (Battle of the Stars) on NRK, and so far she‘s doing really well. In the first three battles the contestants have competed in the following genres; Norwegian Rock, Country and Latin. …Icelandic National Team goalie Hannes Þór Halldórsson was the stage director for „Never Forget“ in Baku? He‘s also the man behind the beautiful video to „Mundu eftir mér/Never Forget“. We asked Greta Salóme what she thought of working with Hannes, and she said „He was amazing! So professional.“ …Trijntje Oosterhuis is selling her Amsterdam mansion? It has, among other things, 5 bedrooms, two bathrooms and a sauna! It also has a 4000m2 garden. If you have 1.275mill euro sitting in a drawer or stuffed into your mattress, this is your chance (check out more pictures here)! Perhaps she‘ll even sing you a song upon closing the deal? …Eurovision swingers Electro Velvet has postponed crowfunding their new EP? This as a result of having just 91 people signing up for it… Ouch! …De Toppers‘ Gordon was the victim of a hit and run while on holiday in …
Has Dotan been selected for Stockholm?

Has Dotan been selected for Stockholm?

Several Dutch media outlets are reporting that Dotan has been selected to represent The Netherlands in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest. The 29 year old is the hot favourite to fly the Dutch flag in Stockholm. It’s become quite the tradition in The Netherlands that press get a good idea of who’s flying their flag before the broadcaster actually intend to reveal the name. It was the case in 2014 as well as in 2015. Last week, it was reported that Avrotros were planning to reveal their artist next month. It may however be moved forward if the Dotan rumours keep coming. When we asked Avrotros earlier this week about their plans for 2016, they told us there was no news yet and that there was no set date for an artist reveal just yet. They did however confirm that an internal selection would once again be in place. Dotan Harpenau is a 29 year old singer who rose to fame in 2014 with his single Home. His follow up singles, Fall and Hungry managed to conquer the charts as well. His sudden fame in neighbouring countries meant that Dotan was a contender to represent The Netherlands in Vienna, but due to a lack …
RAI to broadcast ‘Il Volo’ special

RAI to broadcast ‘Il Volo’ special

After achieving third place in Vienna with ‘Grande Amore’ and on the eve of their brand new album release, RAI is dedicating a special programme to the pop opera trio. IL VOLO – UN’AVVENTURA (An Extraordinary Adventure) will be broadcast on 23rd September at 21:00 and will feature a full recording of their concert from only two days previous, at the Arena di Verona on 21st September. The show marks the end of a successful summer tour, whereby all 20 dates sold out fast and each show ended with a standing ovation from the audience. The special will also reference the trio’s history, their victory in Sanremo and participation at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna. Two days after the TV special, Il Volo will release their brand new album titled ‘Grande Amore’. This will be available worldwide and contains brand new single “L’amore si muove”. A promo clip for the special and the music video for new single ‘L’amore si muove” can be seen below.
PKN decide to split up

PKN decide to split up

They were without a doubt the act that gathered most attention in the build-up to the Eurovision Song Contest: PKN. The Finnish punk group has now however decided that PKN will be no more after 2016. The man who gave name to the group, Pertti Kurikka, will turn 60 next year. The bass player has said that he wants to quit music when he turns 60 and focuss on founding a handicrafts club, besides his other work as an illustrator and poet. Following his decision, the entire group have decided to end their adventure. The four met each other in a centre for people with developmental disabilities and decided to form a group. After a successful documentary in 2012, The Punk Syndrome, they entered Uuden Musikiin Kilpailun this year and convincingly won it. Despite being favourites for the 2015 Eurovision victory, they finished last in their semifinal. The group will do one last farewell tour before they call it quits. Sami Helle, also bassist in PKN, has decided he wants to go into politics next year. He’s aiming to run for the Helsinki City Council in 2017, for the Centre Party.
Have you heard that… (week 35)

Have you heard that… (week 35)

…Charlotte Perrelli has found her hero? The 1999 Eurovision winner and her groom Anders tied the knot during a lavish wedding in France yesterday. The bride wore an elegant wedding gown by Elie Saab and these wonderfully sparkly shoes! Her new legal name will be Charlotte Jensen Perrelli, but she will keep performing as Charlotte Perrelli. …Loreen had some Mexican help becoming euphoric? In an interview with Elle magazine she admits to having taken part in priest led ceremonies where the psychedelic drug ayahuasca has been used as a tool for the participants to get more in touch with themselves and gain access to a larger part of their brains.  She first tried the drug four years ago, prior to her Eurovision victory. “It meant a lot to me, as it allowed me to look at myself from the outside” Loreen tells Elle. …Jedward are branching out? After finishing sixth in The X Factor (UK) and representing Ireland in both the 2011 and 2012 Eurovisions, they have among other things hosted children’s tv-shows and participated in Celebrity Big Brother. Lately, however, they have tried their luck on other arenas; film and fashion. 2015 has seen the twins both work their magic on the …
Summer releases – Part 6

Summer releases – Part 6

Last chapter of our “Summer releases” series 🙁 but hopefully lots of new music will be released during the rest of the summer and the year! Enjoy our recap below and don’t forget to give your opinions too! 😉 Željko Joksimović (Serbia) – Ranjena Zver One of the most important artists in the recent history of the ESC, Serbian Željko Joksimović, presented a song called “Wounded Beast” in the local version of X Factor (“X Factor Adria“), a show where Joksimović acts as judge. The track is quite a basic disco beat that doesn’t seem to be one of his creations, to be honest. Forgetting for a moment the fact that he wasn’t singing live on the show (where the contestants MUST do so to be judged by him!!), we could say the rhythm, the vocals and even the choreography and the outfits shown on the video above lack the power and elegance we would expect from one of his performances. The keyboard on a silver platter moment made me lose respect for Željko for the duration of that (painfully long and kinda pathetic) instrumental break. NEXT!! Kati Wolf (Hungary) – Utazás Kati, who represented Hungary in Düsseldorf 2011, published the official audio for “Utazás“ (“Journey”)  in late June. A …
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