Dutch singer Simon de Wit, better known under his artist’s name Blanks, is known for his YouTube channel Music by Blanks, where he offers a variety of musical content. The singer from Groningen is best known for his style swaps, where he redoes a well-known song in another genre. His most viral video is his ‘80s version of Post Malone’s Better Now.
Blanks currently appears on the 15th season of the Dutch singing show Beste Zangers (Best Singers) where a small group of both new and established Dutch and sometimes Flemish singers travel to a Spanish resort. Every episode, they honor one of the singers by singing each other’s songs, often adding their own style or translation to the songs. The show is known for boosting the new artists’ careers by making their music known with bigger audiences.
In light of the episode honoring Blanks, he gave an interview to ANP where he discussed his hopes for his career to take off. When the interviewer asked if his next appearance could be at Eurovision, he replied “that’s a good one, I’d definitely sign for that”. With Blanks being one of the big up and coming Dutch artists, we might get to see Blanks fly the flag for the Netherlands at Eurovision in the next few years.
Dutch submission deadline set for August 31st
AVROTROS is currently on the hunt for their Eurovision act for 2023 with the submission deadline set for August 31st, with the expectations that submissions are delivered in a mostly done state. This means that the committee and AVROTROS do not want to do any major changes after a song and artist selection has been made. The committee is also looking for a “convincingly distinct song with a contemporary yet authentic sound in whatever genre” to serve as their 2023 entry, continuing their approach from the last few years.
The Netherlands has only failed to qualify once in the last nine years, and came in 11th in Turin with S10’s dutch song “De Diepte”. They have won the contest five times in 1957 with Corry Brokken, 1959 with Teddy Scholten, 1969 with Lenny Kuhr, 1975 with Teach-In, and in 2019 with Duncan Laurence.
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