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Unless there's a major rework of the song, I have little confidence in Trijntje's chances at the Wiener Stadthalle.
Trijntje Oosterhuis has today presented her Eurovision 2015 song, Walk Along, on NPO Radio 2’s Gouden Uren.
Walk Along is the third instalment in the Netherlands’ Eurovision rebrand, which welcomes back their 2013 entrant, Anouk, to the writing team.
In a departure from the alternative ballad genre of 2013 and 2014, Trijntje delivers a radio friendly 3-minutes with a more discernible hook, which might pitch the Netherlands against the pop-dominated Scandinavian nations, who all choose their entries in the new year. That is a major factor to recognise when considering this year’s outright bets: will Netherlands stand out against the more mainstream entries expected from the bigger nations?
One bright spark highlighted Saluna Samay’s Should’ve Known Better to me as a comparable song, and while Walk Alone is marginally livelier, they arguably occupy similar territory.
Trijntje’s problem is that Walk Alone lacks sufficient build and variation in the arrangement to retain interest after the one-minute mark. Effectively, the Dutch entry peaks too soon. Moreover, the bridge ends at 2:15, so the song drifts along on a seemingly continuous loop for the remaining 45-seconds. Being dubbed boring or forgettable is a major red flag for Eurovision, and even though I like Trijntje’s song, in its current form it’s lacking a moment. I also think the complex vocal layers are asking for trouble, and if there’s one thing that puts viewers and juries off, it’s bad vocals.
Thankfully, the Dutch delegation have retained the services of Hans Pannecoucke, who designed The Common Linnets‘ staging in Copenhagen, so we should expect a strong visual package in Vienna.
Going forward, I would suggest extending the opening verse in order to delay the first chorus until after 40 seconds. I would also add some variation to the instrumentation, as that lethargic drum beat and guitar rift becomes increasingly tiring after the first chorus reprise. Lastly, the bridge needs more oomph in the transition to the climax and close.
Will Walk Alone guide Netherlands to victory in Vienna? I doubt it. Unless there’s a major rework of the song, I have little confidence in Trijntje’s chances at the Wiener Stadthalle.
What do you think of the Dutch entry?
- Qualification History
- Final Performance
Highest score (since 2004): 150 (2014 – Common Linnets – Calm After the Storm)
Lowest score (since 2004): 11 (2009 – De Toppers – Shine)
Average semi-final finishing position: 13th
Average semi-final score: 54 points
Highest score: 238 (2014 – Common Linnets – Calm After the Storm)
Lowest score: 11 (2004 – Re-Union – Without You)
Average final position: 11th
Average final score: 102 points
Belgium – 5.2
Israel – 4.2
Malta – 3.4
Turkey – 2.4
Ireland – 3.2
Hungary – 3.1
Switzerland – 2.8