Listen: Anouk's song presented in the Netherlands

Listen: Anouk's song presented in the Netherlands
Anouk. Photo:
Hilversum, the Netherlands -

Today at 10 am, Anouk's song Birds will be presented for the first time in front of a room packed full of press. After not qualifying to the final since 2004, is it finally the Netherland's year?

Today at 10:00 CET in Hilversum, a press conference was held to reveal the Dutch entry for the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö. Singer Anouk caused a huge stir when she announced she would be representing the Netherlands and her song Birds is one of this year's most awaited due to her previous career as a superstar both at home and abroad.

Listen to the song below:

Anouk Teeuwe, 37, has released eight studio albums being a regular of the Dutch music scene since her biggest hit Nobody's Wife hit the charts in several European countries back in 1997.

We talk to Anouk

During today's press conference the team will have a chance to have a one to one interview with Anouk, which we will publish later today. Make sure you stay tuned!

Can the Netherlands make it to the final after nine years?

In previous years the Netherlands has suffered a lot of heartache, failing to qualify to the final since 2004, despite its best efforts. Now, by sending Anouk, one the most popular and experienced artists in the Netherlands, maybe this hopeful nation will once again be able to regain a place in the Grand Final on the 18th of May.

In the Netherlands, singer Anouk, is nothing short of a superstar, with seven albums going to number one in her home country, and having countless other hits in the Dutch, Belgian and international charts. So, if anyone can regain the honour of the Dutch, it is Anouk.

The Netherlands will take part in the first Semi-Final of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Malmö, Sweden on the 14th of May.

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  • Posted on 18/May 2013 at 11:38
    Birds even better if you listnen to it in perpective to the other songs on her new album You would be suprised Find her short movies #anouk report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18/March 2013 at 17:38
    She has quality, movie kind of voice, is very magnetic and clean. Definitely one of my favorite songs for the top 3. ))) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18/March 2013 at 16:34
    Interesting song but not for everyone.I am not sure how Europe will react on this. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18/March 2013 at 01:55
    Anouk is amazing, Anouk to win!!! 10/10 from a fan in Worcester UK report to the moderator
  • Posted on 14/March 2013 at 22:36
    imho this masterpiece is composed by God through Anouk.

    It's not possible to compare all the other shallow songs with this moving|touching heavenly musical masterpiece of art. This one touches your soul deeply (like the Requiem by Mozart or the Matthew Passion by Bach or the 2e symphony by Mahler or – speaking of jazz - Eric Vloeimans, or speaking of pop by Prince).
    Music like this can change your life. All the other songs are just turning pale.

    Thank you Anouk!!!

    Just in one week: two new popes!! :-)
    A Christian one and a musical one!

    Definitely 12 points!!

    Btw: if you cannot understand this immediately … please try to hear it over and over!
    Sometimes masterpieces are asking more time to understand or experience.
    I’m sure it will touch you, move and delight you! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 14/March 2013 at 21:46
    i'm not really a favourite off anouk
    but she has made a good song
    we know that she is a great singer
    and this song you just have to hear it one's and you can all ready sing it

    so i think big change that
    the netherlands finally go to the final
    after so many years report to the moderator
  • Posted on 14/March 2013 at 18:26
    interesting song, but not a fave. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 14/March 2013 at 02:42
    Besides the song of Patricia Kaas this song reminds me to one of Denmarks previous entries, Aud Wilken - Fra Mols til Skagen 1995. Birds is made for the ones with true musical genes; people who so now and then will attend an classical concert and appreciate this. For all the moaners here, music is more than only MTV or Eurotrash-dance. This is song is absolutely NOT boring and therefore.. yes you'll have to use your brains, heart and ears to realize that this is a Masterpiece with a capital M. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 14/March 2013 at 02:18
    It's going to be an exciting contest this year as there is no out and out runaway favourite
    so far my top 5 is:-

    1) The Netherlands

    2} United Kingdom

    3) Germany

    4) Russia

    5) Iceland report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13/March 2013 at 22:45
    I have seen Anouk live in Arnhem Gelredome and it was great. A real rockbitch.
    This song is so different that we are used to from Anouk but its GREAT!!!
    The lyrics she wrote and the music with backing vocals are made in heaven.
    If we don,t reach in the final than we never got to go to Esc. again!!!
    Twins from Holland report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13/March 2013 at 19:50
    NO way, this song is awesome, and this is just the second time I listen to it, wow speachless........ she has to score high, awesome song, so simple so great, GOD! I have a lot of favorites this year, I cannot decide for one, but this, wow...I'm listening to this song right now, kinda inspires me :) Biiiiiiiiiiirirdddsssssss falling dowwwwn the rooooooffftooopp (8) Nooooo aiiiirrr report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13/March 2013 at 14:47
    Absolutely Amazing!! And also not forget already the no1 downloaded song in the ITunes store congratulations Anouk!

    Could this be the winner of 2013, after years and years of bad results?
    It would be great, but if you don't make it to the grand final, who cares?

    Your song is the best!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13/March 2013 at 12:02
    As an original high quality 3/4 Waltz, combined with Anouks voice, it definitely sticks out between all other songs of this year, wether they are up tempo or ballads. The song simply has no competition in its own league!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13/March 2013 at 11:15
    No doubt, the best song so far. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13/March 2013 at 10:59
    I think its delightful. I always thinks the Netherlands have been cheated of a place in the final, esp last year.
    This should definitely be in the final !
    Good Luck to the Netherlands, one of my fav ESC competitors ! report to the moderator