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Netherlands: Listen to Douwe Bob's song "Slow Down"

Douwe Bob's song for Eurovision Song Contest 2016: "Slow Down" has just been revealed. Listen to it here

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The first artist for Eurovision Song Contest 2016 was chosen back in September 2015: Douwe Bob for the Netherlands. Now his song is presented: "Slow Down".

"Slow Down" is in folk-country style, just like the Common Linnets' "Calm After The Storm" that gave Netherlands a second place in 2014.

The song is about slowing down in everyday life, as Douwe Bob explains: »We are all going way too fast. There is constant pressure to prove yourself. Slow Down is a protest song against myself, against the pace at which I live life in Amsterdam. When walking through the forests of Sweden, or riding a horse through the fields in Spain, a peace descends on you and you see everything in a better perspective. It is such a great feeling!«

Douwe Bob

Douwe Bob Posthuma was born in Amsterdam in 1992.

When he was six, he started playing piano, mainly classical and jazz, and he started playing guitar when he was fourteen. As a singer-songwriter he is mainly inspired by country music and the music of the sixties and seventies.

In 2012 he won the Dutch talent show "The Best Singer-Songwriter" in the Netherlands.

He has until now only released five singles.

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Twitter: @douwe_bob
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The Netherlands in Eurovision Song Contest

Netherlands 1969 | Lenny Kuhr - "De Troubadour"
The Netherlands is historically one of the 10 most successful Eurovision countries. They have participated in Eurovision Song Contest 56 times since their debut in 1956, with four victories:

Since 1975 the best result for Netherlands was in 2014, when The Common Linnets ended second with the song "Calm After The Storm". They ended last in the contest 5 times: 1958, 1962, 1963, 1968 and 2011. Since the introductions of Semi-finals in 2004, they only qualified for the Grand Final 3 out of 12 times.

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