Showing posts with label Justine. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Justine. Show all posts

Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Blijf zoals je bent - Justine

In 1989, Justine Palmelay was the Netherlands' biggest hope. For the first time in 14 years we might have a shot at winning again. 'Blijf zoals je bent' was a formulaic song, carefully evading the hard 'g' that makes Dutch such a nasty language to listen to, an uplifting melody and a high note at the end of the song. In the previous year, the Dutch audience had suffered a trauma when Gerard Joling didn't end his song 'Shangri-la' with his famous high note, but ended with a low one instead. This time around, Justine wouldn't get away with that and she was experienced enough to do as she was briefed to do... or was she?

At the night of the 1989 Eurovision Song Contest, her voice broke exactly when she sang the last three words of the song. It sounded like a shriek of a seagull being strangled. As a result, Justine ended 15th in a field of 22 participants.

My collection: 7" single no. 877
Found: Free Record Shop, Den Haag, June 10, 1989
Cost: 3 guilders
Tracks: 'Blijf zoals je bent' / 'Stay the way you are'
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