Hello there!! It’s only two days before the Macedonian national final and already, we have our third artist for Eurovision 2015. After however many weeks of rumours of who would be representing the Netherlands, it was officially announced today by AVROTROS that Trijntje Oosterhuis will be participating in Austria on behalf of the Dutch public. So is she the best artist to follow-up the Common Linnets?
Trijntje is a megastar in the Netherlands to say the least, so it’s not surprising that when initial rumours of her participation surfaced, fans were very excited, but cautious of the rumours proving true. However, via a revelation in a radio show on AVROTROS, Trijntje’s participation in next year’s Eurovision was confirmed. Speaking on the matter, Trijntje said she was “very honoured” to be asked to represent the Netherlands and that the experience will be “very exciting but a lot of fun“.
Trijntje, as aforementioned, is a big star in the Netherlands, with a musical career spanning almost two and a half decades. As well as having released several critically acclaimed studio albums and having collaborated with musical legends such as Lionel Richie, she is also a coach on the Dutch version of The Voice, alongside fellow Eurovision star Ilse DeLange..so it’d be great if Ilse would be able to give Trijntje some advice regarding the topic. We know that the song will be co-produced by yet another Eurovision veteran – Anouk. She and Trijntje have some history in terms of writing songs, as she co-produced Trijnte’s latest album – Wrecks We Adore, released in 2012. This song from said album – “Knocked Out” – reached No. 15 in the Dutch charts, but is something that could hopefully be like the Eurovision song that they’ll offer: “fresh” and “not something you’d expect from Anouk and Trijntje“.
In a dream situation, this song would be the perfect one to represent the Netherlands next year. It’s got soul; it’s got disco; it’s got the ability to be remembered, all on top of one great, slightly raspy voice. The song is just good listening and it’s actually radio-worthy, compared to most other things that Eurovision offers (no offence Cleo..). If Anouk and Trijntje are able to recreate a moment like this song, that would be absolutely great and it would also be a nice departure from the ballads the Dutch have been sending in the past two years.
So, in all honesty, is Trijnte Oosterhuis the best artist that AVROTROS could have picked? One word. Yes. Trijntje is a big star in the Netherlands with a fantastically successful career and that could have only worked in her favour in the negotiations. She has a simply stunning voice and her ability to change genre in a split second is a commendable trait. The fact she can take on a diva-soul-gospel-esque song like “Knocked Out” and still manage to get all the high notes live, is something that has to be used in Vienna. To put it simply, I don’t see how she can be a hindrance to the Dutch track record now..I really hope she does well in Austria with her song…I’m anxiously awaiting the song now. And as a sidenote, how do you actually pronounce her name? Tridge-nity? Traint-ya? Seriously, it will be absolutely hilarious to hear all the commentators try to pronounce her name!
Andy Hendrickx from Belgium: I’m not that fond of the voice of Trijntje … but I’ll wait for the song before judging.
Jack Cuffe from the United Kingdom: Dotan would’ve been my first choice but I’d also like to see her in ESC. I’m not really familiar with her songs but I’ve heard a couple and she sounds great!
Nadine Glöck from Germany: She is a great singer, hope it will be something in the style of Knocked out. Some other songs were not so my cup of tea, not bad at all, but not really my kind of songs.
Richard Knoppen from the Netherlands: Not a fan. She’s a fairly good singer, but she simply isn’t my cup of tea.
Well it seems that the majority of fans are happy with her choice, but she’s drawn a little bit of negative attention with the selection. But we can’t exactly change anything, can we! We wish her the best of luck in Vienna! So what do you think? Was the right artist selected for the Dutch people? If not, who would you have selected in her place? Feel free to tell us what you think by commenting below!