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Waylon

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Name:Willem Bijkerk
Born:20-04-1980
Nationality:Dutch
   
National Finals:Nationaal Songfestival 2005
ESC Entries:Calm after the Storm (with The Common Linnets, 2014), Outlaw in ’em (2018)
   
Website:waylon.nl
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Biography

Waylon is a Dutch singer, songwriter and musicion. He was born in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands. He chose his stage name as he was a fan of Waylon Jennings. In 1995 he started singing in the tv show “Telekids”. He signed a record contract in 1997 and was allowed to record an album in Nashville. However, it was never released. In 2001 he lived and worked in the United States for a year . He appeared in the show of his idol Waylon Jennings with whom he also worked. Jennings died and Bijkerk returned to the Netherlands. After his return, he sang in the bands Santa Rosa and Millstreet. Waylon joined Rachel Kramer in 2005 as the duo ‘Rachel & Waylon’ in Het Nationaal Songfestival, the Dutch national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. In 2008 he reached the final of Holland’s Got Talent. Despite the fact he did not win, this marked his breakthrough. His first record, “Wicked way”, became a huge hit in the Netherlands. It was followed by a debut album, “Wicked ways”, in 2009. In april 2010, he won a 3FM Award as ‘best newcomer’ and a TMF Award as ‘new talent’. In october 2011, his second album “After all” followed and he won another 3FM Award, now for ‘best singer’. 
Together with Ilse Delange, Waylon formed The Common Linnets. They represented the Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Calm after the storm” and became 2nd. After Eurovision, the only performance of the two together was at the Tuckerville concert in Enschede, organized by The Common Linnets. After this concert, Waylon left the band.
Two solo albums followed: “Heaven after midnight” (2014) and “Seeds” (2016). Meanwhile, Waylon was, and is, a coach in The Voice of Holland. In 2018, Waylon took part in the Eurovision Song Contest again, now as a solo singer with the song “Outlaw in ’em’. The song was also released on his new album, “World can wait”. In december 2019, Waylon released a 6th album, “Human”.

Entries

Country:The Netherlands
Year:2018
Language:English
   
Artist:Waylon
Song:Outlaw in ’em
Lyrics:Jim Beavers
Waylon
Ilya Toshinskiy
Composer(s):Jim Beavers
Waylon
Ilya Toshinskiy
   
Backings:Justin Pieplenbosch
Dancers:Pierre Anganda
Roger Makadi
Pieter Likiyo
Brandon Likiyo
Results Semi
Points:174
Position:7
Running order:8
   
Results 
Points:121
Position:18
Running order:23
Country:The Netherlands
Year:2014
Language:English
   
Artist:The Common Linnets
Song:Calm after the storm
Lyrics:Ilse de Lange, JB Meijers, Rob Crosby, Matthew Crosby, Jake Etheridge
Composer(s):Ilse de Lange, JB Meijers, Rob Crosby, Matthew Crosby, Jake Etheridge
   
Backing :JB Meijers, Bart Vergoossen, Martijn van Agt
Dancers: 
Results Semi
Points:150
Position:1
Running order:14
   
Results 
Points:238
Position:2
Running order:24
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