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Wednesday, 10 April 2013 02:30

The Netherlands: Reviewing the track 'Birds'

escflashmalta.com has enlisted the aid of six professional music critics including producers, songwriters and even performers to pass their judgement on the songs which will be competing in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. All of the information is obtained from the official website of the international spectacle and indeed, pertaining to the running order as decided by the producers, The Netherlands will be performing in slot number eight (8) from the sixteen (16) entries which will be competing during the first semi-final. TROS, the broadcaster resposible for the participation of The Netherlands  in the Eurovision Song Contest will be represented by the song Birds co-written between Tore Johansson, Martin Gjerstad and Anouk who will also be responsible for providing the vocals.

In 1997, Anouk Teeuwe stormed the Dutch musical world with her single Nobody’s Wife, an explosive rock anthem about independence that stayed high on the Dutch charts for weeks. Holland massively fell for Anouk's powerful, clear voice, and the expression with which she poured out her heart and soul. A rock star was born. The singer from The Hague, then 22 years old, was already well-known in Dutch musical circles. Two years before her big break, she was a student at the Rotterdam School of Music when she came into contact with Golden Earring singer Barry Hay, with whom she sang a few songs live at a festival in The Hague. He was so impressed with her singing that he offered to write material for her, which resulted in a first single: Mood Indigo. A little under a year later Nobody’s Wife was released and everyone in the Netherlands knew who Anouk was.

Now, sixteen years later, Anouk is still one of the most popular performing artists in the Netherlands. No less than seven of the eleven albums she released are high on the Dutch album chart, and thirteen singles made the top ten. Over the years she has received many awards, including an impressive nine Edisons (the Dutch equivalent of the Grammy). In 2001 she won the Pop Award, a prestigious Dutch annual music award that is presented to a performing artist who has made an important contribution to Dutch pop music, and both in 2005 and in 2006 she won an MTV Europe Music Award for Best Dutch Act. Between 1997 and 2011 Anouk released seven studio albums, resulting in dozens of hits. Initially, the wilful singer from The Hague was mostly known for her explosive rock songs like Nobody’s Wife and R U Kiddin’ Me, but she has also made small and fragile songs like Lost and Michel, and in later albums she has experimented with soul, funk, and hip-hop. 


But there is always that voice, like a recurrent theme - that voice that stands like a rock. The voice that can flatter, spit fire, touch your heart or blow you away. That is sometimes raw, and at other times fragile. Anouk's often painfully outspoken lyrics strike a chord in her fans, who identify with her personal stories. Anouk is internationally successful as well. Nobody’s Wife was a great hit in Norway and Sweden, and the singer scored a number one hit in Denmark with Lost. In Albania the single One Word ended up at the top of the chart. Anouk's albums are released in Belgium, Scandinavia, Israel, Turkey and Italy, and she works with reputable international names like Glen Ballard (producer for Michael Jackson, Alanis Morissette, Celine Dion), Reggie Perry (Jay Z, John Legend), and Ryan Lesie (Mary J Blige).

In the olden days, The Netherlands was one of the countries which always performed well within the international spectacle taking into account every aspect of their participation and seeing them achieve four victories in total. The last unfortunately was thirty-eight (38) years ago when the group Teach-In reached the top of the table with the track Ding-A-Dong. Since the introduction of the semi-final system back in 2004, things have not been successful for the nation noting that whilst they managed to qualify on that occasion with the track Without You performed by the group Re-Union, they have not managed to do so once more. For this simple reason, they have changed their broadcaster and ultimately also their method of selection. Anouk has been a target for several years and she is hoping to take The Netherlands back into the final as well as the top five if possible.

Professional Critics Voice their Opinion

Rating: 67%

Magnus Kaxe: Unusual song for Eurovsion. Lovely melody and lyrics with an amazing harmony progression.  To make the song shine it needs a great artist performance. And who could do it better than Anouk? Nobody. This is going to fly high like birds in the contest. Maybe all the way to number one.

Lina Eriksson: To be honest this wasn't what I expected when I learned Anouk was representing The Netherlands. A beautiful melancholic song but I don't think it'll work in the Eurovision Song Contest and this is on what I am basing my opinion.

Matt Mercieca (Muxu): She is so cool, I would love to hang out with her, her speaking voice and singing voice are so different, it sound like a movie soundtrack. I love this, it has an old school vibe, I don't know how eurovision fanatics will respond to it, but I Love it, its so quirky, and so different, I am definitely a fan, and hope this does well, but man I love it, its so different, not commercial at all, it sounds like a soundtrack, I love it, what the hell I am going to give it a 10, it gives me a good old school vibe and makes me happy.

Source: eurovision.tv


Published in Editorials
Monday, 11 March 2013 14:06

The Netherlands: Anouk Unveils 'Birds'

The Heads of Delegation meeting will be taking place this time next week and the countries are currently finalising their selections for the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. Some nations are somewhat making their revelations late for the simple reason that they wish to present a finished product rather than a demo version which might reason negative criticism as has been the case with several tracks. Anouk will be representing The Netherlands in a couple of weeks time and the song she will be performing is entitled Birds. It was officially presented earlier today.

Following in the footsteps of stars such as Bonnie Tyler and Cascada, the latter of which had to go through a national selection process, Anouk will be representing her home country with the hope of heading into the final of this years' competition noting that The Netherlands have only done so on one occasion, that being in the inaugural year of the semi-final system back in 2004. The act was made up of two men known as Re-Union and their entry was Without You. Since then, whilst there has been a lot of effort made by the broadcaster, the nation has not succeeded. According to the current betting odds, this will change as it climbs to fifth place hoping that Anouk will manage to get out of the first semi-final and achieve a successful result. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: TROS


Following a debacle on who would be representing The Netherlands in the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, it was internally decided that Anouk would be flying the flag due to the fact that she is one of the most recognisable faces in the foreign music industry, especially for her hit song Nobody's Wife released in 1997. The renowned Dutch performer has kept to the genre that made her notorious over the years and as a matter of fact, her music is still very much successful both in The Netherlands and the neighbouring country of Belgium. A couple of days ago, it was revealed to the national media that the song she will be performing in Sweden is entitled Birds co-written by Martin Gjerstad and Tore Johanson.

TROS is yet to give full details of the song presentation but it has been officially confirmed that the song Birds will be previewed for the first time on the 11th March 2013. Nevertheless, it seems that Anouk is quite ecstatic on promoting her new song, most likely a single release in the next couple of weeks because during a concert she was giving at Tivoli, she performed a thirty second snippet of the song in acoustic manner and her vocals somewhat stunning during the short yet extremely plausible performance. Anouk will be competing in the first part of the first semi-final at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest and will have the task of bringing The Netherlands back into the final for the first time in nine years. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more news.

Source: YouTube


Friday, 22 February 2013 17:11

The Netherlands: Anouk Reveals Song-Title

TROS, the broadcaster responsible for the Dutch participation has been looking at a variety of ways how to succeed in the international showcase but nevertheless, qualification has not been achieved for the past nine years. As a matter of fact, the only time that The Netherlands managed to get out of the semi-final was back in 2004 with the group Re-Union who had performed the song Without You. In 2013, flying the flag on behalf of the nation will be Anouk, the thirty-seven old artist who has released a total of eight studio albums and gained credibility beyond the continent with her 1997 hit single, Nobody's Wife.


It has officially been confirmed by the broadcaster that Anouk will be performing the track Birds during the first semi-final of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest. The track has been co-written by Martin Gjerstad and Tore Johanson with the latter being one of the pivotal producers behind the success of the artist in recent years. In an interview which he recently gave to Sydsvenskan, Johanson spoke about the unique quality of the songs, going onto add that it seems to be too good to win. Anouk replied in an extremely polite manner stating that one indeed should have faith. The anticipated track will be officially unveiled to the public on the 11th March 2013 with more details set to be announced by TROS in due course. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: TROS


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