Eurovision 2018: Waylon from 2014 runners-up Common Linnets is back in the game for the Netherlands

By On March 03, 2018

Eurovision 2018: Waylon from 2014 runners-up Common Linnets is back in the game for the Netherlands

Cast your mind back to Eurovision 2014 and you might remember The Common Linnets, that Dutch duo who came perilously close to snatching victory from Austria’s Conchita Wurst.

Whatever happened to them, you may wonder â€" especially given that their song Calm After The Storm was a bit of a belter?

Well, the good news is that the male half of the duo, Waylon, is heading back to the Eurovision stage to give things another go â€" representing the Netherlands once again, this time in Lisbon.

His song, Outlaw In ‘Em, has just been unveiled â€" and it’s a stormer of a country rock track which is already making a fair few wav es in the Eurovision circuit.

The 37-year-old â€" real name William Bijkerk â€" revealed on Friday that he would be taking the track to the contest in May after performing five tracks from his new album The World Can Wait â€" including Outlaw In Em â€" on Dutch TV over the course of the week.

And just in case you’ve forgotten his last Eurovision effort, let us offer you a quick reminder.

While Waylon and fellow singer Ilse Delange might have lost out to the unstoppable Conchita â€" by 238 points to 290 â€" they still gave the Netherlands their best result in the song contest in years.

The country failed to make it out of the semi-final for eight years between 2005 and 2012, before Anouk’s Birds finally broke the duck in 2013 to finish nin th â€" paving the way for the Common Linnets to take the runner-up spot the following year.

And since then it’s been far better news for the Netherlands, who missed out in 2015 but returned to the final with Douwe Bob’s Slow Down in 2016 and again with Lights and Shadows by female trio O3GNE â€" both of which finished in eleventh place in the final.

All of which looks distinctly promising for Waylon â€" but he’ll have to qualify from the second semi-final on May 10 if he wants to stand a chance of repeating â€" or bettering â€" his success on the Eurovision stage.

This year’s contest takes place in Lisbon on May 8, 10 and 12 following Portugal’s first ever win in 2017 with Salvador Sobral’s Amor Pelos Dois.

The home nation will be choosing their song for the contest this Sunday â€" while the UK already has theirs wrapped up in the shape of SuRie’s Storm.

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Source: Google News Netherlands | Netizen 24 Netherlands

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