Not so long ago we posted an article about Dutch singer Anouk claiming to have the perfect killer song ready for Eurovision. Unfortunately for her at the time the broadcaster, responsible for the Dutch participation denied the singer from appointing her directly. But after a lot of discussions Tros and the popular Benelux singer have announced that she is the Dutch hope for Malmo in 2013. Watch Anouk announce the news herself here
How or when Anouk is going to introduce her song for Eurovision is not yet known. The Netherlands are the first country in this years field to announce their representative for the 58th contest. The 2013 edition will be held in Malmo, Sweden after the country won in Azerbaijan with ‘Euphoria’. The Netherlands are yet to qualify for the final for the first time. The only time the country has managed to get to the final was when they were automatically qualified in 2004.
Watch one of Anouk’s biggest hits, ‘Michel’ below:
Is Anouk the right choice for Eurovision? Let us know your thoughts.
While their usually not the first to talk about their plans for Eurovision, Dutch broadcaster TROS has been grabbing a few headlines in the local media after it emerged they rejected to select rock singer, Anouk internally as their Dutch representative for 2013.
Anouk Teeuwe rose to fame in Europe in 1997 when she released ‘Nobody’s Wife’ reaching the top ten in France, Germany, Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Finland and her native the Netherlands. Although she hasn’t succeeded to match the same success in most of the countries, she remains a high profile artist in the Netherlands and Belgium. In fact the singer released her seventh studio album last year called ‘To Get Her Together’.
The pop rock singer is rumoured to have a killer song ready for the Eurovision song Contest, yet TROS has its eyes set on a preselection format with 6 heats, similar to the Swedish selection process ‘Melodifestivalen’. The news has been confirmed by a spokesman of the Dutch broadcaster who also read the following statement: “We are delighted that Anouk thinks about the contest, but (she) must take part in a national final” a ” She is obviously disappointed… but we want the Dutch public and a jury to decide what is the best song for Eurovision.”
The Netherlands have overall opted for a national final to choose their representative. The only exceptions to the rules in the past few years have been Edsilia Rombley (2007) and Hind (2008) who were internally selected including their entries. In 2009 and 2010, the Dutch representatives were internally chosen, but the audience was given the chance to vote for their entry, before the broadcaster went back to a full scale national final in 2011 .
The Netherlands are yet to qualify from the semi finals since the introduction of the current system. The last time the Netherlands were present in the final was in 2004.
Watch the video of Anouk’s debut hit single ‘Nobody’s Wife’ below:
An update in regards to Anouk and the Eurovision Song Contest can be found here
Only a few days ago, we posted the audio of The Voice judge’ Will.I.AM’s latest single ‘This Is Love’ which features the vocals of Eva Simons. Need a refresher of what we thought of the track? Find it here.
The anthemic dance track, which sees its release on June 24th, has now seen the official release for the video which you can see below. Great dance track, which really shows the vocal abilities of singer Eva Simons. Brilliant!
It’s been out for a few days, so we hope the voice coach Will.I.AM forgives us for only paying attention to his new song now. ‘This is Love’ is the Black eyed Peas front man new offering, taken from his solo album #WillPower, which is expected to have its global release in August/September. The track is a new collaboration for the master of excessive auto tune and Dutch dance singer Eva Simons, who scored a minor radio hit globally with ‘Silly Boy’ but is yet to crack the music industry.
Yet her big breakthrough could easily be arround the corner with the appearance on ‘This is Love’. In all honesty the new Will.I.AM track sounds less auto tuned from his previous work and is a lot easier in the ear than predecessor ‘The E.N.D’ which featured guest vocals by Jennifer Lopez and Mick Jagger.
Given, the popularity of Black Eyed Peas creator and current The Voice Coach, it’s a clever thing to do for Eva to jump on the Will.I.AM wagon and enjoy the maximum exposure, and get world recognition in order to proof what a talented, yet underrated singer she is.
June 24th, is the official release date for the new single, which is produced by Swedish House Mafia’s Steve Angello and will be available then via iTunes, Amazon and any other digital music provider.
Since 2008 the annual Eurovision Song Contest consists of two semi finalists which are responsible to deliver 10 qualifiers each to take part in the grand final where they join Italy, France, Germany, Spain and the host country, this year Azerbaijan. Over the past few weeks we’ve been going through the semi finalists. Today we have a closer look at the entries from the Netherlands, Malta and Belarus.
Netherlands: Joan Franka – You and Me
the Netherlands have not had the most brilliant years behind them when it comes down to Eurovision results. In fact the country hasn’t made it to the final since 2004. With a slightly more serious approach this year, and the producer of the Voice as the brain for the preselection, things might change. Joan Franka, who won the selection is representing her country with the song ‘You and Me’. And Awww this is a very sweet, country-pop song splendid for a camping trip. Her vocals are unusual but very likeable and her colour of voice is very pleasant to listen to. The video also shows a more stripped down Joan, as the act performed during the final was slightly over the top, with her Indian headgear and outfit. The natural Joan is so much better. And if a Belgian, Cypriot and Finnish boy can do it just with a guitar, plus a Swiss girl and her two instrument players then so can the Dutch. The Netherlands have won Eurovision on 4 occassions: 1957, 1959, 1969 & 1975.
Malta: Kurt Calleja – This Is The Night
Right behind the Netherlands is another country which has come close to victory several times but never won the contest. Judging on what was in the Maltese preselection this year, the country have definately gone for the best what was on offer. Kurt Calleja really knows how to play the camera, and brings a radiopop friendly number to Baku. In all honesty, we don’t think Kurt’s voice really suits this song, his voice seems to be too on the heavy side for this type of radio song. Having said that there is something instantly likeable about the Maltese entry and the moves in the video are a nice hint to the ‘Every Day I’m Shufflin’ move. In a semi which has got quite a lot of ballads, they might scrape through, and in all honesty we wouldn’t really mind for that to happen.
Belarus: Litesound – We are the Heroes
Time for one of the most entertaining countries in Eurovision. Belarus likes to do what we call ‘A Sugababe’ meaning either changing a song/artist or in most cases both. This year the initial winner of the contest was stripped from her victory after it emerged her boyfriend who was in charge of the televoting had been naughty. So we got Litesound, in Power Rangers costumes for Belarus this year. Their song is very similar to the Maltese entry, so they’re a bit unfortunate in their draw. As with Malta it’s a radiofriendly pop song which doesn’t really bring anything refreshing. The tacky power rangers costumes and a decent act could get them into the final, (remember the butterflies in 2010?). We will have to see what happens.
It’s been quite a few busy weekends in the Eurovision world with many countries deciding upon their entries. A bit too many to have been able to rewatch all of them (and muting the winners) to give you an overview.
However we did find the time to have a look at what the Netherlands were upto last sunday. John Endemol was appointed very early after the contest of last year to organize ‘Het Nationaal Songfestival’. The man got quite a lot of bad press when he revealed his six finalists and the format, which was very similar to ‘The Voice’ format. Six candidates battles it out in 3 duels. The winners of the duels would then become the three superfinalists with one being the overall winner.
When we watched the non-winning performers back we just had to pick this one. Raffaëla is a former Idols/X Factor winner and has transformed herself into the Dutch Rihanna for the Dutch preselection. In her black skimpy nities, red pantys and flaming red hair, she seducively sings to us about ‘Chocolatte’. Fortunately for Raffaëla, the Dutchies didn’t think her ‘Chocolatte’ was good enough for a place in the top three and she ws knocked out in the first round.
Why do we like it so much? Well let’s be honest, it’s pure entertainment really. We would have loved Raffaëla on the stage in Baku, in her bikini, monokini, whatever… singing about Chocolatte as the charm of the contest is also the whole productions round the songs. Something which we would have thoroughly enjoyed with this lady.
Calvin Harris feat Tinie Tempah - Drinking From The Bottle
The Risk - Missiles
Sinead O'Connor - 4th And Vine
Destiny's Child - Nuclear
Jessie Ware - If You're Never Gonna Move
Lawson - Learn To Love Again
Little Mix - Change Your Life
Tyler James feat Kano - Worry About You
Gabrielle Aplin - Please Don’t Say You Love Me
Tegan & Sara - Closer
Rita Ora - Radioactive
Wretch 32 - Pop
Angel - The World
Bastille - Pompeii
Laura Mvula - Green Garden
Ke$ha - C'mon
Ms MR - Fantasy
Nicole Scherzinger - Boomerang
Ed Drewett - Drunk Dial
Robbie Williams - Be A Boy (11/03)
Year chart 2012
These are GloPop Music's most listened tracks of 2012.
1 Florence + The Machine - Spectrum
2 Woodkid - Run Boy Run
3 Lana Del Rey - National Anthem
4 Solange - Losing You
5 Nina Zilli - L'Amore E Femmina (Out Of Love) (Italy '12)
6 Ellie Goulding - Anything Could Happen
7 Loreen - Euphoria (Sweden '12)
8 Adele - Skyfall
9 PSY - Gangnam Style (강남스타일)
10 Ivi Adamou - La La Love (Cyprus '12)
11 GuGabriel - Salvation
12 Christophe Willem - Starlite
13 Bright Light Bright Light - Waiting For The Feeling
14 Girls Aloud - Something New
15 Paloma Faith - Never Tear Us Apart
16 Calvin Harris ft Ne-Yo - Let's Go
17 David Guetta ft Sia - She Wolf (Falling Into Pieces)
18 Alphabeat - Vacation
19 Passion Pit - Take A Walk
20 George Michael - White Light
21 Azealia Banks - 212 ft Lazy Jay
22 Matt Corby - Brother
23 Sam Sparro - I Wish I Never Met You
24 Rebeca Ferguson - Glitter & Gold
25 Elton John vs Pnau - Good Morning To The Night
26 Scissor Sisters - Let's Have A Kiki
27 Voltaire Twins - Solaris
28 Marina & The Diamonds - Power & Control
29 Muse - Survival
30 Will Young - Losing Myself
31 Saint Lou Lou - Maybe You
32 Coldplay - Princess of China ft Rihanna
33 Lana Del Rey - Blue Jeans
34 Kate Bush - Running Up That Hill 2012
35 The Wanted - I Found You
36 Stooshe - Black Heart
37 Aiden Grimshaw - Curtain Call
38 Alphabeat - Love Sea
39 Gaitana - Be My Guest (Ukraine '12)
40 Caravan Palace - Rock It For Me
41 Roman Lob - Standing Still (Germany '12)
42 Afro-Dite - The Boy Can Dance
43 Rita Ora - R.I.P ft Tinie Tempah
44 Justin Bieber - Beauty & A Beat ft Nicki Minaj
45 Misha B - Do You Think Of Me 125
46 Kelly Clarkson - Stronger (What doesn't Kill You)
47 Katy Perry - Wide Awake
48 Jessie Ware - Wildest Moments
49 terminal - Don't Worry My Love
50 Labrinth - Beneath Your Beautiful ft Emeli Sande
51 Madonna - Girl Gone Wild
52 Elton John vs Pnau - Sad
53 Nicki Minaj - Pound The Alarm
54 Gotye & Kimbra - Somebody That I Used to Know
55 Kylie Minogue - Flower
56 Rihanna - Where Have You Been
57 Swedish House Mafia - Greyhound
58 One Direction - Little Things
59 Tulisa - Young
60 Archeo - The Payback
61 Christina Aguilera - Your Body
62 Avicii - Silhouettes
63 Cover Drive - Explode
64 Beyonce - End Of Time
65 Charlie Simpson - Farmer & His Gun
66 Usher - Climax
67 Chris Brown - Don't Wake Me Up
68 Aiden Grimshaw - Is This Love
69 Lawson - Taking Over Me
70 No Doubt - Settle Down
71 Madeon - Finale
72 Jakwob - Electrify ft Jetta
73 Shawnee Taylor - Colors
74 Playmen ft Riskykidd, Courtney & Elena - All The Time
75 Lana Del Rey - Ride
76 Celeste Buckingham - Run Run Run
77 Alex Clare - Too Close
78 SHM ft Knife Party - Antidote
79 Lil'Wayne - Mirrors Ft Bruno Mars
80 Pastora Soler - Quedate Conmigo/Stay with Me
81 Scissor Sisters - Only the Horses
82 Delta Goodrem - Dancing With A Broken Heart
83 FEM ft Cover Drive - Turn Up the Love
84 J.Lo ft Pit Bull - Dance Again
85 Jodie Harsh ft Mel C - Set Me Free
86 Bruno Mars - Locked Out Of Heaven
87 Tom Dice - Out At Sea
88 Paloma Faith - Picking Up The Pieces
89 Usher - Scream
90 Burns - Lies
91 Michael Kiwanuka - Home Again
92 Gossip - Perfect World
93 Jess Mills - For My Sins
94 Dune - Shoestring
95 The Script - Hall of Fame Ft Will.i.AM
96 Swedish House Mafia - Don't You Worry Child
97 terminal - Together We Are One
98 Little Mix - DNA
99 Icona Pop - I Love It
100 Yasmin - Light Up The World
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