Interview with Anouk: "I want to make it to the final!"17 March 2013 at 23:27 CET
Anouk is one of the most talked about names in this year's Eurovision Song Contest and many people her song Birds will bring The Netherlands into the final for the first time since 2004. She is also one of this year's big favourites if you look at the bookmakers.
Take a look at our video interview below:
"I want to keep it simple"
Despite having fond memories of the contest, Anouk wants to put her own stamp on Europe's favourite TV show and plans to rea enjoy the entire two weeks she is in Malmö. She was also very quick to tell us that she wants to be herself and will not "walk with feathers on her head".
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Anouk has released eight studio albums being a regular of the Dutch music scene since her biggest hit Nobody's Wife hit the charts in several European countries back in 1997.
Watch Anouk perfoming Birds below:
Can the Netherlands make it to the final after nine years?
In previous years the Netherlands has suffered a lot of heartache, failing to qualify to the final since 2004, despite its best efforts. Now, by sending Anouk, one the most popular and experienced artists in the Netherlands, maybe this hopeful nation will once again be able to regain a place in the Grand Final on the 18th of May.
In the Netherlands, singer Anouk, is nothing short of a superstar, with seven albums going to number one in her home country, and having countless other hits in the Dutch, Belgian and international charts. So, if anyone can regain the honour of the Dutch, it is Anouk.
The Netherlands will take part in the first Semi-Final of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Malmö, Sweden on the 14th of May.