ROTTERDAM 2021 (?) ■ Songs are not toiletpaper

Today the European Broadcasting Union revealed per official communication that all 2020 songs are not eligible for the 2021 competition. For many artists this is quite a blow, as hours, days, mostly months of work is now suddenly thrown away. And in this instance not because of the Corona Virus. By: Gert Waterink

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ROTTERDAM 2020 ■ Extraordinary times need extraordinary measures: cancel edition 2020

Cancelling the 65th Eurovision Song Contest for the entire year 2020 is no light measure. But we currently live in extraordinary times. Regardless of what Corona does to one’s health and all of the scientific uncertainties that come with it, we have to think about the health and prosperity of our friends, families ánd Eurovision fans. By: Gert Waterink

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ROTTERDAM 2020 ■ There’s no time to ‘grow’

A Eurovision victory apparently means that the national media takes over the Eurovision circus. For months now, the Dutch are witnessing at least once a week a representative from the organization committee in tv talk shows like “Eva Jinek”, “Op 1” and “De Wereld Draait Door”. To be frank, I think it’s wonderful. It’s unique to see your country organizing the contest. Statistically it will be unique too, as it might very well take another 44 years before The Netherlands wins again. By: Gert Waterink

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ROTTERDAM 2020 ■ It’s the song, always!

There are moments when I still can not fully fathom the victory of Duncan Laurence. We have already arrived in a new year, that coincidentally has the most perfectly sounding number since ‘2000’, but The Netherlands’ 5th Eurovision victory seems only yesterday. And make no mistake, winning a Eurovision Song Contest with around 40 participating countries statistically is a more precarious affair than it was some 17 years ago when there were only 23 to 26 participating countries (The treacherous Big 5 excluded off course). By: Gert Waterink

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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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