Just two weeks after the final of Eurovision 2017, speculations has already begun as to who will succeed O’G3NE as the Dutch representatives in Lisbon. Singer Alain Clark has stated his willingness to take part in the contest.
In a recent interview with magazine nu.nl about his upcoming releases, the 37-year old singer said:
“I am always available for the Eurovision Song Contest, although for me the emphasis right now is on my new album. But if they want me, they have my number.”
Alain Clark is a singer, songwriter and producer. He released his first album in 2004 and his major breakthrough came in 2008, when his song “Father & Friend”, a duet with his father Dane Clarke, reached number 2 on the Dutch Top 100.
This is not the first time that Alain has been involved with the Eurovision. In 2012 he helped write and compose “Take Me As I Am,” which Ivan Peroti sang in the Dutch national final. He was one of the rumoured candidates to represent the Netherlands in 2015 and has provided material for Trijntje Oosterhuis, the Dutch representative in 2015. He has also worked with this year’s Dutch representatives, O’G3NE, by performing with them on The Voice of Holland in 2014 and taking part in O’G3NE’s Eurovision songwriting camp.
The Dutch broadcaster, AVROTROS has yet to confirm their participation in next year’s contest and their selection method. They are expected to be present in Lisbon and to use the same internal selection method which they have used since 2013.
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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.