Who should fly the flag for the Netherlands?Posted: September 8, 2011
It was while on the prowl for new music did I come across the perfect candidate who ought to fly the Dutch colours at the Eurovision Song Contest. Re-introducing Ralf Mackenbach. Ralf may be familiar to some o’ y’all as the tiny but talented winner of the 2009 Junior Eurovision Song Contest with the catchy ditty Click Clack, which he composed himself.
Well, Ralf is back and all grown up with a pop-tinged club sound. Cue the release of his new single Dance. Check it out below:
IMHO, Ralf would be the perfect candidate to go forward to Eurovision for the Netherlands. First and foremost, he’d take great advantage of the ‘Saade Effect’, that is, appeal to millions of teen girls and secure more than a few televotes. Secondly, Mackenbach could give Saade a run for his money because he can actually sing and dance at the same time really well. His performance at Junior Eurovision proved that, and this would make him really popular with the national juries. Thirdly, his kind of clubby Euro-dance-pop hybrid sound is exactly what’s popular (no pun intended) internationally these days (see Enrique Iglesias’ I Like It). An awesome contemporary Dutch dance song would go down well with both the public and the juries, making for a very good placing, potentially a victory.
Also, it would be kinda cool to see a Junior Eurovision winner go for it at the real thing. It would create alot of buzz and media attention and for once, the Netherlands will be in with a chance.