Three singer/songwriters with Midlands connections might help the Netherlands bring home a revered trophy in the Eurovision Song Contest, beginning this week in Copenhagen.
Rob Crosby, Matthew Crosby and Jake Etheridge are listed among the writers for The Common Linnets' "Calm After the Storm," a Nashville-tinged song that is the official entry by the Netherlands in the worldwide song contest.
Rob Crosby, his son, and Etheridge spent time with the male-female duo in Nashville working on the song. Etheridge is from Lexington; Rob Crosby is from Sumter and Matthew went to the College of Charleston. While all three now live in Nashville, they are frequently back in their home state to perform.
Eurovision is an annual war of pop song and dance, featuring dozens of countries that cultivate acts in the hopes of winning the hearts of millions of Europeans, who simultaneously loathe and love the competition.
The acts represent a country. Some go through rigorous competition to get to this international stage. They don't sing national anthems, but rather, cheesy pop songs.
Some acts include dancing folks grannies (Russia, last year); a bearded lady (Austria) and carefully cultivated bands from counties such as Estonia and Latvia.
The semifinals began Tuesday, and the Netherlands' entry has made the hurdle to compete in the finals, which will be broadcast live from Copenhagen May 10.
Watch the You Tube video of "Calm After the Storm"