The Netherlands: Broadcaster AvroTros negotiating with Alain Clark and other artists

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Yesterday, 4 October 2014, musician and producer Alain Clark was a guest in the Dutch cultural TV-show Opium TV. He talked about his music, his forthcoming theatre tour in The Netherlands, and his interest in representing The Netherlands at the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 in Vienna.

Opium TV is a weekly cultural show of broadcaster AvroTros and is presented by Cornald Maas, who is one of the Dutch commentators of the Eurovision Song Contest, and nationally known as an expert on Eurovision-topics. Dutch artist Alain Clark was one of the guests during yesterday evening’s show. According to Dutch media, Clark is the top candidate to represent his country at the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest 2015 in Vienna. However, Alain Clark clarified the rumours during the show.

Alain Clark is still very enthousiastic about doing Eurovision, as he thinks Anouk (ESC 2013) set the stage for well-known Dutch artists to represent their country. Moreover, he will have a meeting with a special Eurovision commission of broadcaster AvroTros in the coming week, in which they will discuss his ideas for the contest. Yet Clark stressed that he is but one of the potential candidates, and that AvroTros is still negotiating with other artists as well. That being said, Alain Clark is very reluctant to give more information, as he wants to wait until everyting is official. Although he is musically very productive at the moment, having a lot of ideas and writing songs, he wants to wait with focussing too specifically on Eurovision until all is official. However, Clark mentioned something very interesting: in 2008, he had a huge national hit single, Father & Friend, which he sang together with his father Dane Clark, former frontman of the soul-coverband Dane & The Dukes Of Soul. When asked if he had ever considered working with his father again, he replied that he had always contemplated the option, writing material for them both, and that perhaps Eurovison would be a good opportunity for such a collaboration.

You can watch the interview, in Dutch, below:

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