The Netherlands have continued to fall backwards down the odds as Waylon now sits as the 19th favourite to win this years contest in Lisbon, Portugal.
Following the Netherlands first rehearsal yesterday at the Altice Arena, the countries hopes of a victory this year are fading further. Having already slipped from a peak of 6th on March 13, Waylon headed in to the rehearsals as 15th favourite.
Following a performance which was criticised for confusing dancing, gymnastics and questionable imagery, the Netherlands are now 19th with the bookmakers to win the competition.
The Netherlands is currently fifth favourite to qualify for the final, however we are yet to see the performances from the remainder of the second semi-final.
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 he will sing “Outlaw In ‘Em”.
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.