Dutch broadcaster AVROTROS announced today Douwe Bob will represent The Netherlands at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm with the song Slow Down. The official video of the Dutch entry was presented at a press conference in Amsterdam earlier today.
According to Douwe, the song is a call to slow down the pace of life and a response to today's performance-oriented society. As the singer explains, "We are all going way too fast. There is constant pressure to prove yourself. Slow Down is a protest song against myself, against the pace at which I live life in Amsterdam. When walking through the forests of Sweden, or riding a horse through the fields in Spain, a peace descends on you and you see everything in a better perspective. It is such a great feeling!"
Douwe Bob was selected internally to represent The Netherlands in Stockholm. "I write songs and now I am getting the chance to showcase my music on the largest stage in Europe, at the European Song Contest. I am going to Stockholm to win and I'm extremely happy that I can do so in my own unique way" he said.
About Douwe Bob
Douwe Bob (23) was born and raised in an Amsterdam artists' family. In 2012 he was voted The Best Singer-Songwriter in the Netherlands. In 2013 he took the Dutch music scene by storm with his début album Born In A Storm and the hit Multicoloured Angels. In May 2015 Douwe released his second album, Pass It On, which reached number one in the Dutch album charts. Pass It On produced two major hits; up-tempo Sweet Sunshine and the ballad Hold Me, which is a passionate duet with songstress Anouk, who represented The Netherlands in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest, achieving 9th place with 114 points.
The Netherlands will compete in the first Semi-Final of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest on 10th May.
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