The fourth artist featured in our “Who Is” series for the Eurovision 2018 season is Waylon from The Netherlands.
At the beginning of November last year, it was announced that 37-year-old Waylon would represent The Netherlands at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. Let’s get to know a bit more about him.
Waylon (born Willem Bijkerk) was born in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands on 20th April 1980. The singer had started his career in 1995 at 15-years-old, where he sang on the television show Telekids. By 1997, he was signed by record company EMI, and in 2001, he traveled to the United States to work with his idol, Waylon Jennings.
Waylon first came to public attention after he finished second on the first season of Holland’s Got Talent in 2008. He previously represented the Netherlands at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 as one half of The Common Linnets with Ilse deLange. The duo finished second with “Calm After the Storm”, the highest placing for the Netherlands since their last win in 1975 with “Ding-A-Dong” by Teach-In. He left The Common Linnets soon after the Eurovision and returned to his solo career. He has been a coach on The Voice of Holland for the past two years.
Waylon will represent The Netherlands at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal. He was internally selected by Dutch broadcaster AVROTROS, and his song for the contest will be revealed in March. You can watch his 2014 entry below.
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.