Douwe Bob is set to return to Eurovision this year as the Spokesperson for the Netherlands during the Grand Final.
Douwe Bob who represented the Netherlands last year in Stockholm, Sweden is back at the contest again this year. The singer will be announcing the results of the Dutch jury vote during the Grand Final in Kyiv. Douwe performed “Slow Down” for the Netherlands in 2016 and went on to finish in 11th with a total of 153 points, this included 12 points from the Icelandic jury. Douwe follows in the steps of Trinjte Oosterhuis, Edsilia Rombley and Esther Hart as former Eurovision participants revealing the points for the Netherlands.
The Netherlands internally selected girl group O’G3NE to represent them at the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine with the song “Light and Shadows”. Amy, Lisa and Shelley Vol have been performing with each other for over a decade, and have even taken part in a Eurovision event before – The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2007, with their song “Adem In, Adem Uit”.
The group more recently rose to fame after they won The Voice of Holland in 2014. The group had been heavily rumoured to be representing the country up until their official announcement. It was only a few weeks ago that they won the 100% NL Award for the “Music Moment of the Year” after covering Emeli Sandé’s “Clown”.
Announced so far as spokespersons are:
- France – Elodie Goussin
- San Marino – Lia Fiorio and Gigi Restivo
- Spain – Nieves Álvarez
- Sweden – Wiktoria
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The Netherlands debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1956 and has gone on to compete in all bar four contests. To date the Netherlands has won the contest on four occasions the latest being in 1975. The Netherlands struggled in the contest from 2000 onwards, between 2004 and 2013 the country only qualified twice for the final. The countries best result since 1975 occurred in 2014 when The Common Linnets finished 2nd in Copenhagen with a total of 238 points, 52 points behind Austria.