Today, Sterren radio presented Anouk’s “Birds,” the Netherlands’ entry for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. It is a gorgeous song, beautifully arranged and touchingly performed. If Anouk can sell this song live (and indications are that she can), then I am expecting big things for this. It is terrific.
There are a couple of big “ifs” to that, though. One is that the song is lyrically downbeat. Generally, when you think of a Eurovision-winning song, you think of something a bit less maudlin. Not that every song has to be “Everybody,” but I wonder if a sad song would work with the televoters.
The other big if lies in how the Dutch delegation stages “Birds.” Staging has not exactly been Netherlands’ forte the past few years. While I don’t expect Anouk to be sitting in front of a giant calliope wearing a light-up Native American headdress or anything, I also hope that she is not performing like she’s doing just another concert, which I think is something that hurt 3JS a couple years ago. It has to be something special.
One of the things I’ve said to Jen a lot is that I’ve yet to hear a song that sounds like it could win Eurovision. Now I have. Excellent work, Netherlands. Good luck and don’t fbeep it up.