The Netherlands' entry for the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest was first revealed last night, where a special accoustic version of the song was performed on the TV show De Wereld Draait Door. This morning, the radio version of Calm After The Storm was premiered on the radio show De Gouden Uren. You can listen to it below:
The Common Linnets
The Netherlands will be represented by The Common Linnets in Copenhagen, a partnership between Ilse DeLange and Waylon. You can find out more about the pair here:
Born in 1977 in Almeno, the Netherlands, Ilse DeLange has had a long and successful career both at home and abroad. Of her seven studio albums, six of them have peaked at number one in the Dutch charts, with her debut album World of Hurt in 1998 and her 2008 album Incredible going five times platinum. She also had number one hits with the singles So Incredible and Miracle in 2008 and 2009 respectively.
When speaking about this partnership, Ilse said: "Waylon and I have known each other since we made 'rootsy' music together as teenagers. This year we are working on an album in Nashville as a 'side project'. The Eurovision Song Contest was something we both individually considered but this joint venture is so awesome that we've decided to go it as a duo. I cannot wait for us to stand on the stage! As a child, watching the Eurovision Song Contest was a tradition in our family and I feel so honoured!"
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Born Willem Bijkerk in 1980, Waylon rose to fame after participating in the reality TV show Holland's Got Talent in 2008 after which he had a Top 5 hit with his album Wicked Ways in 2009. He named himself after his idol, American singer Waylon Jennings and in 2001 even had the honour of joining his tour in the United States after sending him a sample of his music.
Waylon said, "I am honoured to be embarking on this adventure with Ilse, who I have known for so long. The Eurovision Song Contest is one of the biggest events in the world and to stand there on its stage has always secretly been a dream of mine".
The Netherlands will take part in the first Semi-Final of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, to be held at the B&W-Hallerne on Refshaleøen in Copenhagen on the 6th of May.