Artist Profiles: Anouk

Anouk Teeuwe, simply known as Anouk is one of the Netherlands most prominent artists, and has been in the music business for now over 20 years. She broke through with the single Nobody’s Wife, and since then, has had many hit singles on the Dutch and Belgian charts.

Fast forward to late 2012, where Anouk revealed negotiations with Dutch broadcaster TROS, eventuating in her participating at the Eurovision Song Contest. Her song, Birds, was released in March prior to Eurovision, and then at the contest itself, Anouk came 9th in the final – the best Dutch Eurovision result in 14 years, and the first time in 9 years that the Netherlands had even made the final.

With Anouk’s experience and simple approach to Eurovision, she paved the way for a number of successful showings at Eurovision after her 2013 performance. In 2014, the Netherlands reached their best result since their 1975 win, with another paired back performance by the Common Linnets.

In 2015 she wrote the Eurovision song for Trijntje Oosterhuis, however unfortunately has been the only entry since Anouk’s appearance where the Netherlands hasn’t qualified to the final. The following year, Douwe Bob represented the nation, and he has also worked with Anouk before.

Back to Anouk’s career outside of Eurovision, where in 2015, she was a coach on the sixth season of the singing contest, The Voice of Holland. A year after, she released not one but two albums, titled Queen for a Day, released in March, and Fake It Till We Die, which was released in October. Overall this meant that she has released an impressive total of 11 studio albums. Additionally, she has 5 live albums, and one compilation album.

When Anouk is not busy in the public sphere, she is busy taking care of her ever-growing family. Before her Eurovision performance, Anouk was the mother of four children. In 2014, Anouk announced her fifth pregnancy, and her song Sion Jethro was born in June 2014. Two years later, her sixth child was born, this time, a baby girl called Jelizah Rose.

Here are some of our favourite Anouk songs:

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