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Meet S10, Netherlands representative in Eurovision 2022

This year Netherlands has chosen S10 as its representative on Eurovision 2022 that will take place in Turin next May with the song “De Diepte”. But who is S10? In this article you will have the opportunity to know more about Netherlands’s singer for Eurovision 2022.

About S10

Stien den Hollander, known artistically as S10, was born on 8 November 2000 in the Dutch city of Hoorn. The young singer-songwriter, who makes music that moves between rap and alternative pop, is one of the most promising artists on the Dutch scene.

Her career began at the age of 16, when she released her first self-produced EP Antipsychotica on the Internet, which earned her a contract with the independent record label Noah’s Ark, thanks to her lyrics that spoke openly about her personal experiences with mental disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder.

Two new EPs preceded her first studio album in 2019, Snowsniper, which received the Edison Award for Best Alternative Album in 2020. In the same year, Vlinder, the singer-songwriter’s second album, was released commercially and did very well in the charts, reaching fifth place among the best-selling albums in the Netherlands.

In 2021, S10 continued her rise with her first hit, “Adem je in”, thanks to a cover version with Frenna and Kevin, two of the country’s most renowned rappers.

“De Diepte”, the song with which Stien den Hollander will compete at the contest, was written by Arno Krabman and S10 herself. The song (with lyrics entirely in Dutch) is “a tribute to the sadness and memories that everyone carries with them”, according to the author herself.

The Netherlands is one of the founding countries of the Eurovision Song Contest and has achieved five victories to date, the latest being in 2019 with Duncan Laurence and his “Arcade”.

Lyrics

Ken je het gevoel dat
Dat je droom niet uitkomt?
Ben je wel eens bang dat het altijd zo blijft?
Want het regent alle dagen
En ik zie geen hand voor ogen
Jij en ik toch samen?
Dat zou altijd zo zijn

Ta-da-da, da-da-da, da-da-da-da, da-da-da-da-da
Ta-da-da, da-da-da, da-da-da

Ooh-ooh, aah-aah
Hier in de diepte hoor ik steeds maar weer je naam
Ooh-ooh, aah-aah
Oh, mijn lief, wat moet ik nou?
Ik zit diep en ik wil jou niet laten gaan

Ik schuil onder de tafel
En ik hoop dat jij me vindt
Ik wacht al heel de avond
Oh, ik lijk wel een kind
Ik bijt weer op m’n tanden
En ik weet dat jij dat ook doet
Maar God, wat moet ik anders?
Wanneer is het genoeg? (Genoeg)
Ta-da-da, da-da-da, da-da-da-da, da-da-da-da-da
Ta-da-da, da-da-da, da-da-da

Ooh-ooh, aah-aah
Hier in de diepte hoor ik steeds maar weer je naam
Ooh-ooh, aah-aah
Oh, mijn lief, wat moet ik nou?
Ik zit diep en ik wil jou niet laten gaan

Nee, nee, nee, nee
Jou niet laten gaan

Ta-da-da, da-da-da, da-da-da-da, da-da-da-da-da
Ta-da-da, da-da-da, da-da-da

Netherlands in Eurovision

The Netherlands entered the first Eurovision Song Contest in 1956. The Netherlands has won the Eurovision Song Contest 5 times in total: 2 times in the 1950s, 1 time in the 1970s, 1 time, shared with 3 other countries, in 1969 and most recently in 2019.

The Netherlands won the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time in 1957 and won again in 1959, setting an early record of 2 victories in the first 4 years. After a record-setting 1950s, the new decade didn’t bring much success to the Dutch entries and, in fact, they came last 3 times until Lenny Kuhr finished as 1 of the 4 winners of the 1969 Eurovision Song Contest. De Troubadour was a folk-inspired ballad about the impact music had on the audiences in the Middle Ages.

ABBA won the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest so we moved to Stockholm where the Netherlands were drawn to open the competition with the up-tempo Ding-A-Dong from the group Teach-In. The song won the contest, the first time that the show’s opener became the winner and one that put the Netherlands again at the leaderboard with 4 victories, tying with France at the time, who eventually overtook the Netherlands when they won for the fifth time in 1977.

In 1980, Dutch television stepped in to host the Eurovision Song Contest after Israel declined to stage the contest for the second year in a row. From 2005 to 2012, the Netherlands didn’t qualify for a single Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest. However, the Dutch fortunes in the Eurovision Song Contest have changed in recent years with notable results of Anouk who took the country to 9th place in the Grand Final in 2013 and The Common Linnets who were the runner-up in the 2014 Grand Final.

In 2019, Duncan Laurence changed the game by bringing the trophy home to the Netherlands after the country missed out on first place for 44 long years. Duncan received 492 points for his winning song Arcade.

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