Edsilia Rombley speaks to esctoday.com

by Stella Floras 65 views

The Netherlands belongs in the Eurovision song Contest says Edsilia. The successful Dutch singer spoke to esctoday.com editor Rene Romkes about her plans, her memories and her feelings.

Edsilia, first of all congratulations on your show and your new album! Your album is currently on the 6th spot in the Dutch Charts; did you expect it to become such a success?

No, not at all! First plan was to release the album in October last year. However, we didn't make it and so I wanted to release it in December. But then I was asked in November to represent the Netherlands again at the Eurovision Song Contest and I felt my song for Helsinki had to be on the album as well. I realized this would mean another delay again. So when we finally released the album, I was already doing my theatre shows and very focussed on that. So I experienced the excitement of releasing my new album months before the final release date. As for the sales; of course it's great that my album sells really well. But the most important thing for me is that people appreciate my music.

You said before that your new album gives an inside look into your current life. Some songs are really very personal. Do you have a favourite one?

That's rather difficult to say because all songs mean a lot to me. If I would really have to choose, I'd say the song Meer Dan Ooit itself. It's a beautiful song and I felt really honoured that Trijntje Oosterhuis (Edsilia's sister in law and a famous singer as well) and Berget Lewis wanted to do the backing vocals for this track! I remember listening to the backing track and it made me cry over and over again. When I called Trijntje to thank her, I just had to cry again. It's such a beautiful song, and besides that, Candy Dulfer plays the saxophone on the track as well.

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Stella Floras

Thanks to Johnny Logan and Hold me now I fell in love with the Eurovision Song Contest, a love that's been going strong ever since with undiminished passion. My first memories date back to 1977 and the lyrics of Rock bottom, Dschinghis Khan and A ba ni bi are still engraved in my brain.

I joined esctoday.com in 2006 as a junior editor after being invited by Barry Viniker, I soon became Senior Editor and during the 2007 contest in Helsinki I was appointed Head of Communications. Today I hold the post of Head of Human Resources and I am proud to be working with the best editorial team in the world.