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Can Anouk take the Netherlands to the final?

02 May 2013 at 16:42 CEST

It's been a long time since the Netherlands were in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest; the last time being in 2004 when Reunion made it through from the first ever Semi-Final with the song Without You. Now Anouk and her much revered song Birds are going to try and regain the honour that was lost all those years ago.

See Anouk perform Birds below:

But why did it go so wrong for the Netherlands? Well, that is something that requires a certain amount of subjectivity. From an objective point of you it could be down to bad luck or not having a song that stood out sufficiently to impress the voting public and juries. Now, Anouk and broadcaster TROS believe they have cracked the code...

On paper Anouk has it all; she is a hugely successful artist both at home and abroad all stemming from her debut hit Nobody's Wife in 1997 which instantly went to the top of the charts in many European countries. She also has the song, self-penned and called Birds. This unique and slightly haunting tune has the ability to stand out and is much-revered among fans and critics alike. Even the bookies have tipped a high position for Anouk.

On stage we shouldn't expect a firey or glittery performance; Anouk has told us that she just wants to be herself on stage with the focus on her song. Take a look at the recent interview with her below:

Record a good-luck message for Anouk

In a few days time Anouk will set off for Malmรถ with the Dutch delegation. To celebrate this and to give her encouragement, Amsterdam Schiphol Airport are offering you the opportunity to record a good-luck message for her, the best of which will be shown before she boards her flight. You can do this by checking out the webpage of Schiphol Airport. The instructions are however in Dutch. Spreekt je Nederlands?

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