It’s hard to believe, but it’s almost Eurovision season again!
Yes, in less than six weeks time, the pop-loving eyes of Europe will be firmly fixed on the Swedish city of Malmö, as 39 countries from across the region compete for the most coveted prize in music – the Eurovision Song Contest winner’s trophy.
As always, the competition is split into three finals; the two semi finals (to be held on May 14 and 16) and the grand final (on May 18), in which the victorious countries from the two semi-finals will line up alongside the host nation Sweden and the “big five” of the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
Here we take our second our look at the entrants for this year’s competition by heading to the Netherlands.
ANOUK : Birds
Dutch songstress Anouk is certainly no stranger in her homeland. With seven albums already under her belt, stretching back to her debut ‘Together Alone’ back in 1997, the singer has enjoyed a string of chart successes, notching up six number one albums and a respectable 14 top ten singles, including her most recent offering ‘Birds’. It’s this English language single which she’ll perform in the first semi final at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in the hope of gaining the vote of her fellow Europeans. In the video (below), the songstress performs the track live in a studio. She has a sweet voice that’s reminiscent somehow of our own Judith Durham, but we don’t think much of the track itself.