NETHERLANDS 2014: IT’S A SONG FOR TWO
Vasil Dimitrov (Bulgaria)
AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS – After a series of speculations and rumours, AvroTros announced today the 2014 Eurovision representative. Ilse and Waylon (Common Linnets) have been appointed to represent the country in the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest.
INFORMATION ABOUT ILSE DELANGE
Ilse Annoeska de Lange was born on May 13, 1977 in Almelo, Netherlands. She started her career at the age of 8 as a lip-synching artist, which won her several contests. De Lange drew greater attention after switching to a live repertoire in both regional and national talent shows in Hilversum (the Dutch city where most TV-programs are recorded). This helped her book some live-performances on national television. She formed a duo with guitarist Joop Liefland, who introduced her to country music.
In 1994 Ilse performed at the Dutch Country Music Awards. Despite positive reviews, nothing happened with her career. She did get in touch with representatives of Warner Music but it took several years of negotiation before Warner Music decided to offer Ilse a contract. In 1996 DeLange joined the popgroup Wij where the group released the single “De Oorlog Meegemaakt” (“Experienced The War”). However the single did not chart the Dutch Top 40.
INFORMATION ABOUT WAYLON
Waylon is a Dutch pop singer with a retro soul- and rock-influenced style who rose to fame on the reality television show Holland’s Got Talent in 2008 prior to making his Top Five hit album debut with Wicked Ways in 2009. Born Willem Bijkerk on April 20, 1980, in Apeldoorn, Gelderland, Netherlands, he named himself after his idol, American country music outlaw icon Waylon Jennings.
His musical career initially took flight around the turn of the century, when he was signed to a recording contract with EMI for a brief period of time. Though little came of his association with EMI, he sent one of his recordings to his idol and was surprised to get a phone call from Jennings, who invited the Dutch up-and-comer to join his tour in the United States. It was 2001 when Waylon flew to Nashville and joined Jennings for some live dates. Tragedy struck shortly thereafter, however, when Jennings was hospitalized with diabetes and passed away on February 13, 2002.
Waylon returned to the Netherlands crestfallen and struggled for several years. His life took a positive turn in 2008 when he was cast on Holland’s Got Talent. Though he failed to win the show, finishing in second place behind contortionist Daniëlle Bubberman, he garnered significant fame in the process. In the wake of his impressive showing on Holland’s Got Talent, he collaborated with British hitmakers Martin Terefe and Sacha Skarbek on his solo album debut, Wicked Ways (2009).
Comprised of English-language material, the album found him pursuing a retro soul- and rock-influenced style. Released in association with the Motown subsidiary of Universal Music, Wicked Ways reached the Top Five of the Dutch albums chart and spawned the Top Ten hit single “Wicked Way,” along with the follow-up singles “Hey” and “Happy Song.”