The Netherlands were one of the first countries to announce their act for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest. It was chosen by an internal selection process which saw folk-country singer-song writer Douwe Bob as their pick. Read on to find out a bit more about Douwe Bob who celebrates his 23rd birthday today! Happy Birthday!
After a disappointing effort from Trijntje Oosterhuis in 2015, the Netherlands have returned to familiar ground that serves them well. Country-Folk gave the Netherlands their best result ever in 2014 when The Common Linnets finished in second place in a closely fought final with Conchita Wurst. Netherlands have taken Europe’s feedback on board and have searched the country for their best country-folk act, and the result is Douwe Bob.
Douwe Bob has been a music lover from a very young age, learning to play piano aged six and taking on the guitar at 14. In 2012 he participated in Dutch music talent show De beste singer-songwriter van Nederland which he won having showcased his songwriting ability with songs ‘Multicoloured Angels’, ‘Icarus’ and ‘Standing Here Helpless’.
Following his success at De beste singer-songwriter van Nederland, Douwe Bob embarked on his debut album ‘Born in a Storm’ in 2013. Most of the songs were written while on vacation in Morocco. The album received critical acclaim and achieved success in the Dutch top 40, peaking at number 7. Singles from the album included the songs ‘Multicoloured Angels’ (reached number 4), ‘Stone Into the River’, ‘Blind man’s Buff’ and ‘You Don’t Have to Say’.
A follow up album ‘Pass It On’ was released on 15th May 2015 and debuted at number one on the Dutch chart. ‘Hold me’, a duet with Anouk (Netherlands’ 2013 Eurovision representative) was released as the lead single, and peaked at number 2.
We wait in anticipation for the singer’s Eurovision song to be revealed in the new year, but until then why not share your thoughts on the Netherlands’ pick by commenting below!