Totally in agreement with you involving the songs! There are, however, two songs that I just CAN'T STOP LISTENING! I tried to, I REALLY did!!! But the songs of Joan and Raffaëla are SOOOO Catchy… you know, it's like the sh*t from the Kelly Family and Lady Gaga: you know you don't want to like it, but in the end you keep humming and dancing with it. The shock goes all around, I tell ya! Like a child in a candy shop: before you know it, you just WAAAANT IT, and you want it BAAAAAD!
About language: I, too, am pro-singing in the own language… But I'm also big enough right now to understand that this might've worked in the '50s and '60s, when the world was still small. But in the today's world…? Almost EVERYONE knows (some) English; one doesn't have to be this rocket-scientist anymore to understand it. It's the lingua franca of the world! In this modern-day Netherlands, one is frowned upon if one can not manage in the English language. That's just how this modern world roles. You can loath it or not, but it just remains a pure fact. :|
And about 'mr. Douwsma': he's straight. But officially, so are the contestants of Norway and Germany… Oh, well… aren't they all… in the beginning? :.) :P