• Douwe Bob exhibits a certain smug charm that only the Dutch can get away with (Eurovision)Source: Eurovision
'It’s not awkward, it’s brilliant and he deserves to win.'
By
Ben Winsor

14 May 2016 - 4:50 PM  UPDATED 14 May 2016 - 10:16 PM

"I’m going nowhere and I’m going fast."

With those words 23-year-old Douwe Bob, the Netherlands' entrant to the 2016 Eurovision song contest, kicked off his performance of Slow Down, an unusually folky entry to the glitzy contest.

Things got confusing for the audience, however, when Bob disappeared from stage toward the end of the song, only to reappear seconds later on a platform deeper into the audience.

His reappearance was followed by a full 10 seconds of silence, before the song picked up again.

"I think pausing for 10 seconds adds to the drama," one drunk Dutch Eurovision fan told us, "It's not awkward it's brilliant, and he deserves to win."

Bob told Dutch media the break didn't feel that long, but the audience in the room was a little confused. It's difficult to hear in the telecast, but many actually started singing the song to fill the silence.

Douwe Bob, who made headlines last year after coming out as bisexual, wraps up the song for real a few lines later, with a smug yet charming wink to the camera that only the Dutch seem to be able to get away with.

The Amsterdam-born singer said the song is more than just a catchy tune, "the message in the lyrics has a deep personal meaning; it's a protest song against society's demands on people these days."

"It seems everybody has too little time for too many things. And so do I. Sometimes it's necessary to sit back and see what is really important," he said.

Check it out for yourself below: 

 * The fan later admitted to SBS that he may or may not have actually seen the performance, but that the Netherlands should win anyway.

The Eurovision Song Contest will be broadcast on SBS’s Eurovision Weekend - Friday 13, Saturday 14 and Grand Final Sunday 15 May, 7.30pm on SBS, with LIVE early morning broadcasts from 5am on Wednesday 11, Friday 13 and Sunday 15 May.