Late last year, Dutch television announced Pierre Kartner as song writer and composer of the Dutch 2010 entry. He wrote Ik Ben Verliefd (Sha-la-lie), which each of the five contestants was asked to produce in their own style. For the first time since 1998, the Dutch entry will be performed in Dutch.
Sieneke gave a typical Dutch performance of the song, featuring organ and accordion sounds, Vinzzent chose for a summer sound. Loekz, consisting of Jezebel, Elske, Merel, Dessa(lee), Esra and Martine went for a strong choreography and a more Arabic sound. The sound track of Peggy Mays was build around the flute track and the backing vocals. Marlous went for an act with Spanish influences.
Radio DJ Daniël Dekker, singer and actress Tatjana Simic, singer George Baker, and 'Mr Eurovision' Johnny Logan each had a 20 percent stake in the decision. The studio audience also had a 20 percent stake.
After a tie, composer Pierre Kartner was supposed to make up his mind to pick the Dutch contestant for the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest. Initially, Pierre Kartner refused to choose the winner of the show. After long hesitation and strict instructions from the producer, he chose Sieneke to sing his song Ik Ben Verliefd (Sha-la-lie).
As a child Sieneke was always singing and dancing. She was only eight when she started doing street dance, and a few years later she took up ballroom dancing. Over the years Sieneke began to perform at parties in various locations throughout the country, which she enjoyed very much.
That’s how, two years ago, she met the well-known Dutch singer Marianne Weber, who immediately recognised a great talent in Sieneke. She heard, saw, and felt that Sieneke had something really special: a spectacular voice and a charisma that is spontaneous and real. They carefully started to make plans, but Marianne urged Sieneke to be patient, for Marianne knew, like no other, that you have to wait for the right moment to bring something good.
That moment came when TROS broadcasting company approached Marianne to enter a talent of her choice in the Dutch national selection. Marianne did not hesitate for a minute and knew that now was the time right to promote Sieneke.
The writer of the song, Pierre Kartner has many European successes to his name as a song-writer. He has written songs for, amongst others, Nana Mouskouri, Peter Alexander, Joe Dassin, and Mireille Matthieu.
She'll perform ninth in the second Semi-Final on the 27th of May in Oslo, Norway.