Eurovision 2016

NETHERLANDS : First Thoughts on Douwe Bob’s Eurovision song ‘Slow Down’

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Douwe Bob asks you to ‘Slow Down’ at Eurovision 2016.

Well asking me and my pulse to ‘Slow Down’ after listening to the Netherlands song for Eurovision, is like asking an Irish man like myself to pass by a pub giving away free beer – It ain’t gonna happen!

Douwe is a country boy at heart but with some serious European style going on. I was hoping for a song that would not draw comparisons to The Common Linnets and he delivers this in spades! If I was to say there are any comparisons then it is to the superstar Kenny Chesney and his style of songs like ‘American Kids’ – and that is a serious compliment coming from me!

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I love that the Netherlands have proven that country music can be a popular genre of music at Eurovision. Will Douwe continue this trend? Well in a word TOTALLY!

‘Slow Down’ is a great contemporary country song and Douwe’s voice is distinctive, authentic and dare I say it sexy as hell! You can hear that he is a musician’s singer and someone who can perform live.

He has a cheeky lovable rogue look to him and I am hoping that he and his band will bring that swagger to the stage in Stockholm. I ask only one thing – No Eurovision fashion advice from Trijntje Oosterhuis! Those dresses still give me nightmares! However I don’t think that will be a problem for the über suave Douwe and his handsome band.

‘Slow Down’ is an easily accessible song for all ages from teenagers to their grand parents – I am obviously not far off my teenage years (one coughs) but ‘Slow Down’ can pull in votes from all ages and it thoroughly deserves so.

So to sum it up – Bravo Douwe, Bravo AVROTROS and Bravo the Netherlands. There will not be a ‘Slow Down’ in the votes that will be coming your way in May.

I will leave you with one final thought. Switch ‘W’ for ‘Z’ and Douwe becomes Douze #JustSaying #Contender


Author/Editor in Chief Garrett Mulhall

Source : Eurovision Ireland


9 replies »

  1. Personally, I think the song is too middle-of-the-road. I know Douwe Bob and that he has actually composed some more catchy songs, like ‘Multicoloured Angels’. ‘Slow Down’ is not an up-tempo song, but more of a mid-tempo entry with a slight Beatles atmosphere to it (Estonia 2003?).

    Potential winner? No. Will it qualify? Solely based on the song it probably will struggle a bit. But let’s see what Hans Pannecoucke can do. He can go two ways staging-wise. Either perfect (Netherlands 2014) or wrong (Netherlands 2015).

  2. I’d flag that ‘change one letter’ joke to everyone as already being copyrighted, as I suspect Mel Giedroyc will be using it in May 🙂

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