Among the artists who are rehearsing their performances on the Eurovision stage for the very first time and checking all the facilities at the Wiener Stadthalle is also Trijntje Oosterhuis from the Netherlands. In the backstage area, Trijntje appeared with her four backing vocalists, looking forward, as she said, to “test” the glamorous stage by performing and rehearsing this year’s Dutch entry Walk Along.
There are a lot of superlatives that could be said about a 42-year-old pop star from The Netherlands. She already has numerous hits and sold-out concerts in her career, but the Eurovision experience seems to be as much important to Trijntje Oosterhuis as any other chapter in her more than 20 years long singing career.
After the successful Dutch entries in the Eurovision Song Contest by Anouk (2013) and The Common Linnets (2014), which was the best result for The Netherlands since 1975, a successful artists in her home country felt the time was right to take part as well.
I'm aware of the responsibility I have. Of course, I am going to make the best of it. But as an artists you cannot allow yourself to feel scared. Because you need to shine on the stage, Trijntje said.
Right before the first sound check, we met up with Trijntje in the backstage area and it seems like it’s already decided what she will be wearing on the 19th of May – an elegant black dress with an open front, designed by Prince Charming (Tycho Boecker) from The Netherlands.
On the Eurovision stage, while performing Trijntje stands mostly in the middle, but she is not alone. Three female backing vocalists are giving her support in the chorus of the song Walk Along, co-written by Anouk.
The Dutch musical sensation seems to be very confident on the stage. Even though it’s her first rehearsal, Trijntje gave her best in order to make this year’s Dutch Eurovision pop tune even catchier.
I love it. It's totally different here. We are so focused on those three minutes, trying to make the best of it. I am really amazed by everthing. Everything looks so perfect that it's bizarre.
Lights and all the LED elements in the background have had a black & white set up during today’s rehearsal, at least in the beginning of Trijntje’s performance of Walk Along. As soon as a chorus of the song starts, a shadow figure “walking away” can be seen on the white screen. After that, the stage turns into a more colourful surrounding: blue, red and green lights follow the performance.
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