The Netherlands: The Common Linnets

Netherlands The Common Linnets

 

 

Anouk bumped the Netherlands into the final for the first time since 2004 last year with Birds, ending up in ninth place – with a big shock for some that she didn’t win outright. This year it’s down to the specially reunited duo The Common Linnets, long-time friends Waylon (a former Holland’s Got Talent winner) and country/pop singer Ilse DeLange. DeLange has been churning out chart-topping studio albums since 1998, and it looks like they’ll be releasing a country-fied one together before the Contest. And for the bird-watchers out there, enjoy the running theme from Dutch contestants, with Calm After The Storm.

@CommonLinnets

Credit: Michel Mölder


 

 
Country isn’t something that often enters the realms of Eurovision, so Calm After The Storm makes for a refreshing break that deserves a place in the final with its soft, comforting murmurings about I’m not quite sure what.

Monochrome video lends a romantic aura to this photogenic duo (x1 David Gandy Jonas Brother, x1 Claudia Schiffer), as a simple set-up with stools should at the live shows. Minus the hats. Enough with the hats.

Contagious rating: 9/10

 

 

Calm After The Storm

Driving in the fast lane
Counting mile marker signs
The empty seat beside me
Keeps you on my mind

Livin’ in the heartache
Was never something I pursued
I can’t keep on chasing
What I can’t be for you

Ooh skies are black and blue
I’m thinking about you
Here in the calm after the storm

Tears on the highway
Water in my eyes
This rain ain’t gonna change us
What’s the use to cry

I could say im sorry
But I don’t wanna lie
I just wanna know if staying
Is better than goodbye

Ooh skies are black and blue
I’m thinking about you
Here in the calm after the storm
Ooh after all that we’ve been through
(Baby) there ain’t nothing new
Here in the calm after the storm

Maybe I can find you
Down this broken line
Maybe you can find me
Guess we’ll know in time

Ooh skies are black and blue
I’m thinking about you
Here in the calm after the storm
There ain’t nothing new
Here in the calm after the storm

Courtesy of Eurovision.tv