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Introducing 2012: The Netherlands!

All the entries for the 2012 contest have been selected and now My Eurovision Diary will introduce them to you!

Entrant: Joan Franka

Ayten Kalan (a.k.a. Joan Franka) was born in Rotterdam on April 2, 1990. She has a Dutch mother and a Turkish father, who sadly died when she was two years old. She’s not fluent, but has a smattering of Turkish.

As a child Joan was fascinated by theatre, poetry and music. Together with her sister, who is two years older, Joan wrote musicals and played them at every birthday and party. The duo called themselves J & N, and the Spice Girls were their biggest source of inspiration.

Joan has always been passionate about her music. That’s why, at age six, she knew she wanted a musical career. “I didn’t even know if I could sing. I just thought: I want it and I’m going to do it.” Joan was 17 when she first performed.

In 2010 Joan was scouted to take part in The Voice of Holland. After much deliberation she decided to take part. She chose coach Van Velzen. It was her first introduction to the entertainment business.
During the programme producer Holger Schwedt (a member of Van Velzen’s Dream Team) promised to record an album with her.

Entry: You and Me

The song is inspired on a childhood love of Joan, she says that with her lover, she used to wear Indian clothes, that’s why in the Nationaal Songfestival, she wore an indian dress, the song is composed by Joan Franka, Jessica Hoogenboom and penned by Joan Franka.

Tomorrow we will introduce the Maltese entry, note that the entries will be introduced according to the running order!


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4 comments on “Introducing 2012: The Netherlands!

  1. The Netherlands will be represented by a pleasant and straightforward country ditty that is catchy and instant enough to make it to the final despite the terrible draw. The lyrics are sweet, simple, likeable and very easy to relate to or identify with. All in all, there is nothing wrong with the Dutch entry this year. Joan seems to be a decent vocalist too but unfortunately I do not like the sound of her English. She sounds as if she had a ping-pong ball or a huge candy in her mouth which makes this otherwise pleasant song lose some of its appeal imo. 7/12 and 18th place on my pre-rehearsals list. If they drop the Native American costumes and improve Joan’s English, the Netherlands might even get a 9/12 on my list.

  2. I like this ballad very much. I like listening to it more than I like watching the known performance (the costumes are totally out of place, as has been said before). The melody and orchestration work well. Good luck.

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