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Waylon hopes to bring 'real country music' to Eurovision 2018

Thursday 10th May 2018
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It’s one of those songs that you can’t help but foot tap along to, and offers a unique sound in year’s Eurovision 2018.

And Waylon is the first to admit he’s delighted to bring his beloved country music back to the song contest.

If you think you’ve seen him before, you have—he was one half of The Common Linnets who came second in the song contest in 2014 with Calm After The Storm.

This time around he may be on his own singing Outlaw In Em’, but he’s brought something so different to the Euro table, and it worked— he's through to Saturday's grand final.

The 38-year-old is inspired by the greats—including, of course, Waylon Jennings—and hopes to bring a little of his heroes onto the stage.

He said: “I come from country music, from the greats like Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson… I could go on for ages. And I think it’s so cool to bring real country music to Eurovision.”

Waylon was quietly confident that he would qualify for Saturday’s grand final, but at least he's through the dreaded rehearsals.

“I hate rehearsals,” he said. “But when we get down to it, when we do it for real, it’s going to be awesome. I know that for sure.”

The Eurovision Song Contest grand final will air on Saturday (May 12) on BBC One from 8pm.

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Interview below recorded at the Blue Carpet opening ceremony. 

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