It´s ridiculous how many comments I´ve seen about Waylon having a fake American accent, wannabe American song etc. I normally don´t like to go into discussions like this, but I felt that I had to comment because I am a big fan of Waylon and want to defend him. First of all I wish everyone could´ve seen the documentary that was on the Dutch TV about his life and career, but because it´s in Dutch, below a brief summary.
Willem Bijkerk (Waylon´s real name) lived in America for a period of time when he was 21 years old and worked with his idol Waylon Jennings (one of the biggest, if not the biggest, country star in the US), who was the one who discovered Willen Bijkerk and wanted him to come to America and work with him. Waylon learned a great deal about country music during his time with Waylon Jennings. Sadly Waylon Jennings passed away during the time that Willem was in the US. At this point Willem Bijkerk came back to the Netherlands and he decided to use Waylon as his stagename as homage to Waylon Jennings, his idol and mentor. During this time he also worked with several other big country stars like Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris. In 2009 Motown (record label with signed artists like Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye etc.) signed Waylon to their label.
Of course music is a matter of taste, but no one can deny that he is a true and incredibly talented artist. He is by far the most talented in this years competition, I have not Googled it, but I am assured none of the contestants is signed to Motown or had a mentor as big as Waylon Jennings. Comments like ´he has a fake American accent' / ´it´s wannabe American´ are an utter disgrace to a high level artist like Waylon, if Waylon Jennings would read/hear that he would, as we say in Dutch, zich omkeren in zijn graf.
Lastly I would like to add (I think it is already quite clear, lol) that as a Dutch person I am incredibly proud that he is representing my country, I don´t care if he qualifies or not, I will be proud anyway. He always delivers and I will for sure have goosebumps during his peformance.
So you are basically saying that pretty much everything is wannabe; because pop music also started in the US and UK. The way you think is very narrow minded and contradicting, sorry.Taste in music differs, and he is obviously a big Country fan as well and if that's what he's passionate about and that's the music he wants to make, then i'd say good for him and applaud him for staying true to what he wants to do in life and in his career , however it doesn't make this entry less "wannabe American" though, because country music (and various sub-genres) is pretty much an American phenomena and he is not American just because he lived there for a short while and worked with Americans, nor is Netherlands a state in the US and whether one likes this song or not or the genre in general, it's still disconnected to Europe. Of course music is universal and you will find fans of different type of music all over the world, I don't mean that a European can't like country music or pursue a career doing country inspired music, nor did I say that it should have no place in Eurovision, since I think Eurovision should be diverse, but if you look at Eurovision as a concept of representing your country in music, this has obviously little to do with Dutch music or European musical culture in general, that was my only point and the fact that this genre isn't widely popular in Europe, is the reason why I don't expect it to do too well with televoters. This is no disrespect towards the guy or his chosen path though, nor against him as an entrant for Netherlands, I personally don't like the entry though but that's not what my comment was about.
So you are basically saying that pretty much everything is wannabe; because pop music also started in the US and UK. The way you think is very narrow minded and contradicting, sorry.