Dutch 'Whitney Houston' heads to Eurovision
14 February 2005, AMSTERDAM — Proving the impossible is possible, singer Glennis Grace will represent the Netherlands in May at the 50th Eurovision Song Contest in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev.
14 February 2005
AMSTERDAM — Proving the impossible is possible, singer Glennis Grace will represent the Netherlands in May at the 50th Eurovision Song Contest in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev.
Grace's song, "My Impossible Dream", was selected as the best as 12 finalists battled it out over the weekend to represent the Netherlands at the prestigious festival.
Her song took an initial lead in Amsterdam on Sunday as every member of the three-member jury — made up of Esther Hart, Paul de Leeuw and Cornald Maas — chose Grace's song as their favourite.
Maas even went one step further and predicted that Grace could finish high in the rankings at Kiev. "And if that does not happen, I hope that the Netherlands will once and for all maintain support of its own artist," he said.
The 26-year-old Grace also received by far the most votes from the "extended jury", namely foreign conservatorium students, Radio 2 listeners and the voting television audience.
Grace — who has previously won the talent-quest Soundmixshow performing as a Dutch Whitney Houston — now hopes a record company will offer a contract for her winning entry.
"Many people said to me that I should not take part [in the contest], because it could damage my career. But I believe in this number," she said.
The Netherlands has missed out on success at the Eurovision Song Contest in recent years, but Grace is confident that she can restore some lost pride. The preliminary rounds will start on 19 May and the final will be held two days later.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Dutch news