Pierre Kartner to write Dutch entry... in Dutch!

Pierre Kartner to write Dutch entry... in Dutch!
Pierre Kartner
Hilversum, the Netherlands -

Dutch composer Pierre Kartner, also known as Father Abraham, has been asked to write and compose the Dutch entry for the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest. Broadcaster TROS asked the 74-year old composer, internationally most known as the creator and singer of The Smurfs tune, to write a song in Dutch.

Peter Kuipers, Director General of TROS, says: "We are proud that he accepted the invitation right away. He is a great composer, maybe the biggest of our country." Kartner was awarded as such by the Dutch Top 40 association.

In 1977, Kartner was asked to write a promotional song for an animated movie, which turned out to be about The Smurfs. The record company pressed 1,000 copies, since they were unsure about the success of the single. However, they were all sold within one day at a Schlager festival. After a repress, 400,000 singles where sold in a short period. A full Smurfs album (LP) was then created, which also climbed the charts, with 500,000 sold copies. People in other countries also started to notice the catchy tune, and it was released in several countries, in German, French, Italian, Spanish, Swedish, and Japanese, all sung by Kartner himself. He scored a number one hit in 16 countries. Altogether, his 'Smurf' works have about 30 million sold copies (source: Wikipedia).

Pierre Kartner himself is honoured: "It is the biggest task I got in years. I am honoured to be invited for this. About the fact that it will be a song in Dutch, I can say: Finally we shall sing as we speak again!"

It is not the first time Kartner writes the Dutch Eurovision Song Contest entry. In 1973, he wrote De Oude Muzikant, which brought singer Ben Cramer a 14th position.

The remaining question now is: Who will perform the Dutch entry? More details about the Nationaal Songfestival 2010, which will take place on 31 January and 7 February, will be announced shortly.

TROS also confirmed the commentators for the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest. Cornald Maas, who has been the Dutch commentator since 2004 (until 2005 with the late Willem van Beusekom) will be joined by radio DJ Daniel Dekker.

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  • Posted on 19 December 2009 at 10:06
    This guy looks like Santa Claus!!!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 30 November 2009 at 16:29
    I love the news the tros brings to the outside more by the minute. Latest, 6 coaches will guide the nsf contestants in 2 shows all sing a different version of the song that Pierre wrote. Cant wait to see more and who is gonna participate. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 29 November 2009 at 22:37
    I also don't care so much, who will be the composer....
    But yodelo isn't Dutch music. It's Austrian or, maybe, German.... report to the moderator
  • Posted on 29 November 2009 at 16:43
    I really don't care who are the composer or the song writer.....WHATEVER! i just want to say, OSCAR LOYA PLEASE COME BACK!!!!! :'( we love you (i love you most XD ) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 29 November 2009 at 10:51
    Finaly a Dutch song to eurovision!!!
    Now i'm hoping for a good preformer :p report to the moderator
  • Posted on 29 November 2009 at 10:41
    Nice they will have a search also for the new talent in talentshows through the country:)
    Father go for it !! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 28 November 2009 at 16:00
    Go Netherlands! Repeat your success after junior Eurovision! Europe want really good dutch song! It will be better, if in the song will be yodelo! report to the moderator