This morning, the Dutch broadcaster TROS held a press conference where they announced that Ilse DeLange and Waylon have been selected internally to represent The Netherlands at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
No song has been selected yet but just like last year, it will be done internally with the song presentation expected in 2014. DeLange and Waylon formed the band ‘The Common Linnets’ for a one time concernt in De Grolsch Veste and now extend it for the contest.
Both individuals are already accomplished singers but not everyone may be familiar with them. So we wanted to take this opportunity to introduce them to you.
The 36 year old Dutch Singer started her career at age 8 although it wasn’t initially for her actual singing skills but as a lip-synching artist. Eventually she evolved into an actual singer performing at talent shows. She was introduced to country musice years ago when she formed a duo with guitarist Joop Liefland and performed at the Dutch Country Music Awards. In 1996 Ilse switched back to Pop when joining the groupWij releasing but was unable to enter the charts.
It wasn’t until 1998 when she released her album “World of Hurt” produced in Nashville, U.S. It sold 450,000 copies and Ilse received multipl awards . Overall she released seven studio albums and five live albums and there is no end in sight.
Her songs ‘So inredible’ & ‘Miracle” both peaked at Number 1 in the Dutch charts.
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He rose to fame in 2008 on the reality television show “Holland’s Got Talent” prior to make ing his Top Five hit album debut “Wicked Ways”. The 33 year old singer named himself after the late Waylon Jennings, an American country music singer. Around the turn of the century, Waylon had a short stint at EMI and was given the opportunity to join his idol on tour. After Jennings unexpected death Waylon returned home. After finishing second in the Dutch installment of popular talent show he found sucess with his retro soul- and rock influenced style.
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Photo courtesy: metroniews.nl