TEL AVIV 2019 ■ Eurovision Afterthoughts from a Dutchman

So, the Grand Final of the 64th Eurovision Song Contest is now already 1,5 weeks behind us! For a Dutch Eurovision aficionado like me PED (Post Eurovision Depression) still needs to kick in. Because let’s face it, watching your nation win the contest a 5th time is something special. It has always been one of my biggest wishes, a bucket list so to say. And only now, as I write these after-thoughts, I start to realize how incredibly wonderful winning actually is. The Netherlands had its severe ups and downs, of which the period 2000 – 2012 for Dutch Eurovision fans could still be perceived as a punishment with Biblical proportions. By: Gert Waterink

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TEL AVIV 2019 ■ Duncan’s first set of rehearsals

Not being present in the frantic press bubble has got its advantages. You are getting slightly less OGAE-esque convulsions if your win-or-die-expectations after the first set of rehearsals are not met. Remember the first rehearsals from Netta last year? Or the not-present Salvador? After having seen some first impressions, betting write-ups, a short clip here and there containing Duncan’s impressive vocals, I tend to think a bit different. ■ By: Gert Waterink

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TEL AVIV 2019 ■ From Emotions To Winning

When you realize that working in a team is a bit of a difficulty for you and that, even with great hobbies like Eurovision, you are being ousted or you ‘oust’ yourself for the sake of peace and tranquillity, you get this dreadful feeling inside your stomach. As a kid I would have normally broke out in tears. And I tell you, I was a very sensitive boy, hence I cried a lot. So many other people with similar interests to mine, both hobby-wise as well as sexually, know that bullying only facilitated those wet eyes more.  ■ By: Gert Waterink

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TEL AVIV 2019 ■ What results to expect in the Grand Final

At the moment of writing this piece, it’s april 4th 2019. In less than 6 weeks some 300 million viewers at home can watch another annual edition of the biggest light entertainment TV-show on planet Earth. It will be the 64th edition, but even before these three big broadcasting moments (two semi finals, one grand final) a lot of preparation is taking place. But obviously the readers at home mostly care for what matters most: the (rehearsing) artists, from 41 participating nations to be precise.By: Gert Waterink

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TEL AVIV 2019 ■ Staging Tips ‘Arcade’ (Duncan Laurence)

Yesterday something happened, something this Dutchman hasn’t seen in a very long time. The Dutch Eurovision entry was released. Probably in the same low-key manner as in previous years: presenting the song in the Dutch early-night talk show “De Wereld Draait Door” (translation: As The World Turns, no kidding). The show has now become the podium for all internally chosen Dutch Eurovision entries. It was used by Anouk, The Common Linnets, Trijntje (Traincha), Douwe Bob, OG3NE, Waylon, and now Duncan Laurence.By: Gert Waterink

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LISSABON 2018 ■ Recensie ‘Outlaw In ‘Em’ (Waylon)

Binnen de fan community wordt Waylon helaas gezien als die andere, mindere, instabielere helft van The Common Linnets. In 2014 waren het voornamelijk Ilse deLange en regisseur Hans Pannecoucke die alle credits kregen voor die fantastische 2e plaats. Waylon (Willem Bijkerk) was ‘erbij gevraagd’. Daags na het succesvolle optreden in Kopenhagen werd de hashtag #WaarisWaylon de wereld in geholpen. Geruchten over drugs en ruzie kregen weer de overhand, omdat bij daaropvolgende optredens van The Common Linnets Waylon niet aanwezig was. ■ Door: Gert Waterink

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KIEV 2017 ■ TOP 13-Voorspelling Grote Finale

Het hele Eurovisie-circus is voorbij voor je er erg in hebt. En dus is het inmiddels alweer vrijdag, de dag voor de grote finale. Vanavond vindt er nog een generale jury-repetitie plaats. Daar zal OG3NE weer moeten vlammen, want de grote punten voor Nederland zullen vooral van de jury komen. En met inachtneming van dit gegeven, wordt dit dan mijn voorspelling van de TOP 13: ■ Door: Gert Waterink

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