Pre-Contest Vote 2014: The Netherlands

Welcome along to the latest summary article in ESC Views’ Pre-Contest Vote 2014! If you haven’t heard about it and how this entire system will work, feel free to click this fabulous link to take you to the ‘Launch Page’ of the competition. As we manage to compile more and more of these articles, they will be added to the Launch Page, so you can freely hop between all competing 37 entries! Right, shall we get onto the next country?

The Netherlands is country number 14!
The Netherlands is country number 14!

This is how we’re running this series of articles in which we’re going to cover all 37 entries for this year:

  • We’re going to take on these articles in the running order for 2014 (Armenia is first, Latvia is second etc). We’ll do two articles a day.
  • We’ll refer back to the Song Presentation or NF Review of the song. We’ll provide you with the video so you can have a listen (if you haven’t managed to listen to it yet…which is highly unlikely!)
  • We’ll also give you a few words from both of us while giving the song a score out of 12.
  • Finally, there’ll be a poll below for you guys to vote and give us your points on the song!

Got it? 🙂

Back on the launch page, you can find links to the 13 countries we’ve done so far, but right now, it’s the turn of The Netherlands! After many rumours circulated throughout the summer in relation to Ilse DeLange, she was eventually confirmed as their 2014 artist alongside fellow country singer Waylon, performing as a duo *The Common Linnets*. I wasn’t exactly optimistic at first, but when they finally presented their entry in early March, it turned out to be the absolutely incredible low-key country ballad “Calm After The Storm”, which you can listen to here:

Our opinions:

Rory -From the crowning glory that was Birds to…well..this. It’s definitely not my favourite, but it is kinda starting to grow on me, so I might end up liking it by May! Who knows? Score: 4 points out of 12.

James – Me and Rory are complete opposites on this one! As you know, I loathe “Birds”; but I absolutely LOVE “Calm After The Storm”. Beautiful, original, understated, well-performed, heartbreaking. I seriously hope they qualify! Score: 12 points out of 12.

So now that you know what we think of the Dutch song, what do you think of it? Tell us by voting in the poll!


Did you vote? Well by the end of this series, we’ll know how many of you fans love/like/hate the Netherlands’ song! In the meantime, though, stay tuned to ESC Views, as tomorrow we shall post the final two countries from semi-final one: Montenegro and Hungary!

If you’d like to share your opinions on the Netherlands’ song, please feel free to comment below or vote in the poll!

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