Edsilia Rombley, the Dutch participant in this year's Eurovision Song Contest, will be the opening act this Friday during the biggest Dutch TV awards show, AVRO Gouden Televizier-Ring Gala. During the 42nd edition of the gala, the best Dutch tv programme will be elected.
Edsilia Rombley wasinvited to open the show by Dutch broadcaster AVRO, because her participation in the Eurovision Song Contest was one of the most surprising and controversial tv moments of the past year. A lot of Dutch viewers were highly disappointed after the poor result ofEdsilia, and it caused a lot of criticism towards the contest.
Edsilia will sing a special version of her Eurovision entry On top of the world. The lyrics have been changed and it will be a musical ode to all nominees.The Dutch singerwill wear her Eurovision-dress one more timeduring the performance. Rehearsals started early this week already, and Edsilia will bejoined by a big group of dancers on stage. Dutch broadcaster AVRO (responsible as well for the organisation of this year's Junior Eurovision Song Contest)already revealed that Edsilia's act will become one of the most spectacular opening acts of the annual gala ever.
During the show,the viewers will be taken downmemory laneas well. Theo Ordeman, three time Eurovision Song Contest director, will be given a moment's thought. Ordeman passed away in May of this year. Sandra Reemer will bring a tribute to Jos Brink, a famous Dutch entertainer, who diedlast August.During the eighties, Sandra Reemer co-hosted one of the most popular Dutch tv shows (Wedden dat..?)together with Jos Brink. Besides that, she represented the Netherlands three times at the Eurovision Song Contest (1972, 1976 and 1979) as a singer and once (1983) as a backingsinger.
Paul de Leeuw, who announced teh Dutch votes in the last two editions of teh Eurovision Song Contest, and who caused a lot of commotion doing so, is one of the nominees for male television personality of the year.
The AVRO Gouden Televizier-Ring Gala will be broadcast live this Friday, at 20.30 hrs CET on Channel Nederland 1. At the moment it's not known yet if there will be a live webcast as well. For more information, you can visit the website of AVRO by clicking here.