Over the coming weeks, sometimes more than once a day, we will bring you daily previews of the contest, spotlighting each of the songs individually in random order, where they come from, who will be performing them, and more, as well as some historical info on the contest and some of the past winners and participants.
Next up on our Song-By-Song preview is the official entry from The Netherlands, “Outlaw In ‘Em” by Waylon, written by the artist, real name Willem Bijkerk. The song is performed in English. Waylon has been performing for over two decades, having started as the drummer for a country band called West Virginian Railroad, since his teenage years The song will be performed 8th in the competition order on the second semi-final on May 10.
Ok, I have to ask this question – what the HELL is it with the Netherlands and their apparent love for American Country Music? Yeesh…they sent a pseudo-country song to EuroVision in 2016 as well (“Slow Down” by Douwe Bob). I just don’t get it. But I have to say, this time, it works, in a major way. Waylon is country rocking his heart out in this ode to country lifestyle and it is grand to see the live audience in the video really get into the song and to Waylon as an artist. He’s already had a Nashville deal that fell through a number of years ago; maybe this time Nashville will listen…I have a feeling Waylon will soon be gracing US Country radio EVERYWHERE…possibly with some Hot 100 crossover as well…
The Netherlands are one of the founders of EuroVision, although they have missed a few years here and there. They have been a part of the contest fifty eight times. They’ve landed the Grand Final championship four times, all in the first twenty years of the contest – in 1957 with “Net als toen” by Corry Brokken; in 1959 with “m Beetje” by Teddy Scholten; in 1969 with “De troubadour” by Lenny Kuhr in a four way tie that also included the UK, Spain, and France; and in 1975 with the goofy and irresistable “Ding-A-Dong” by Teach In. Since the semi-finals were introduced in 2004, they have made the Grand Final five times. They’ve also had their share of last place wins, including two “nul” points years in 1962 and 1963.
Here’s the official music video – time to get out the ol’ mechanical bull…
Join eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica each day through the finals on May 12 – be sure to check each site, because some of the features will be exclusive to just one of the sites! The daily artist and song profiles will appear on each site, with some past winners and historical info coming to TKR and PlanetBM in the next week or so as I complete my research!
In case you’re interested, I will post my list of all 43 songs in the order of my favorites at the end of our song by song preview in early May, so keep tuned in! We’re featuring THREE songs a day the rest of this week, FOUR songs each this weekend, and will wrap things up with three final songs next Monday!
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