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Monday, April 7, 2014

Semi 1: 14 Netherlands

After many years of mainly rather indifferent entries, how likely is it that thunder will strike two years in a row and the Dutch entry will feel like a contender? I have no idea how likely it really is, all I know is that it happened.

The Common Linnets - Calm After The Storm (Netherlands 2014)

Last year - when Anouk ended the seemingly eternal walk through the desert the Dutch had endured in this contest - it felt like Birds wasn't just a great song. It felt like it was an important song that managed to incorporate a style and a delicacy that has been rare at Eurovision, proving it could live and thrive there.

The Dutch stay on that very track also this year with a song that could seem like it was almost designed to crash and burn: slow and thoughtful in a competition where glitter and grand gestures usually work better. No song with a country-western-flavour ever did well before.

But Ilse and Waylon are not just anybody. They deliver, full of restrained intensity, letting their song unfold into a beautiful little flower. Showing - again - that there is room for any kind of music at the ESC as long as it is done in style.

Qualifier: Yes. It must. Or I lose faith in the european audience forever.

My grade: 4/5


  1. Agreed. I love it. Great Daniel Lanois quality, which is rare (or unheard of) in Eurovision.

  2. Quality pays of in Eurovision!! Thumbs up :-)

  3. Two years in a row with avian-themed entries? Coincidence?