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Douwe Bob Posthuma (born 12 December 1992), professionally known by only his first names Douwe Bob, is a Dutch singer-songwriter. He won the Dutch talent show De beste singer-songwriter van Nederland. He specializes in folk and country music and he has released four albums. He represented the Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.[1]

Douwe Bob
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Douwe Bob in 2016
Background information
Birth nameDouwe Bob Posthuma
Born (1992-12-12) 12 December 1992 (age 26)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Years active2012–present

Early lifeEdit

Douwe Bob Posthuma was born on 12 December 1992 in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. He was born into a Frisian family.[2] His father Simon Posthuma is known for his membership of the designer group The Fool.

Douwe Bob started playing piano at the age of 6, initially concentrating on classical music and jazz. He took up the guitar at age 14. As a singer he was inspired by country, folk and pop music from the 1950s to the mid 1970s.


Douwe Bob in December 2015.

2012–13: Born In a StormEdit

In 2012, he participated in the Dutch show De beste singer-songwriter van Nederland (The Best Singer-Songwriter of the Netherlands). He played the songs "Standing Here Helpless", "Icarus", and in the finale, "Multicoloured Angels". In the finale, Dutch singer Tim Knol and his band played with him. He won the finals[3][4][5] and "Multicoloured Angels" reached the 17th place in the weekly music chart Dutch Top 40. His debut album, Born In a Storm, was released on 3 May 2013. The majority of the songs were written during a holiday in Morocco with Matthijs van Duijvenbode [nl]. In June 2013, Douwe Bob played at the Pinkpop Festival.[6][7] At the end of 2013, he appeared in the documentary Whatever Forever: Douwe Bob to talk about his relationship with his father Simon Posthuma, during IDFA.[8]

2014–15: Pass It OnEdit

In 2014, Douwe Bob became one of the Ambassadors of Freedom for the Bevrijdingsfestival [nl].[9] In January 2015, he released the single "Hold Me", produced in collaboration with Anouk.[10] In February 2015, Douwe Bob announced his new album Pass It On. The album was released on 15 May 2015 by record company Universal Music Group.[11][12]

2016–2017: Eurovision Song Contest & Fool BarEdit

On 6 May 2016, he released his third studio album Fool Bar by record company Universal Music Group. The album peaked at number four on the Dutch Albums Chart. Douwe Bob represented his country in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm,[13] where he performed the song "Slow Down" in the semi-finals and finals on 10 and 14 May 2016. Finishing 11th in the final with a total of 153 points. He was the Dutch spokesperson in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017.[14]

2018–present: The Shape I'm In and Singel 39Edit

On 9 November 2018, Douwe Bob released his fourth studio album The Shape I'm In, which he described as being a break-up record. In 2019 he made the title song for the film Singel 39.[15] He also played a small role in the film.[15] The film won the Golden Film award after having sold 100,000 tickets.[15]

Personal lifeEdit

On 10 March 2016, in an interview with OutTV, Douwe Bob revealed that he identifies as bisexual.[16]



Title Details Peak chart positions

Born In a Storm[4]
  • Released: 3 May 2013
  • Label:
  • Format: Digital download, CD
Pass It On[3] 1
Fool Bar
  • Released: 6 May 2016
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • Format: Digital download, CD
2 191
The Shape I'm In
  • Released: 9 November 2018
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • Format: Digital download, CD
"—" denotes an album that did not chart or was not released.


Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Multicoloured Angels" 2012 4 Born in a Storm
"You Don't Have to Stay" 2013
"Blind Man’s Bluff"
"Stone Into the River" 54
"Mine Again" 2014 Non-album single
"Hold Me"
(with Anouk)
2015 2 Pass It On
"Pass It On" 52
"Sweet Sunshine" 45
"The News" 48
"Slow Down" 2016 5 65 57 96 Fool Bar
"How Lucky We Are" 57
"Shine" 2018 41 [a] The Shape I'm In
"I Do"
(with Jacqueline Govaert)
"Consider" 2019 56
"Summer in Your Eyes" [b] TBA
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.


  1. ^ "Shine" did not enter the Tipparade of Flanders, but did enter the Bubbling Under (as a Tip)
  2. ^ "Summer in Your Eyes" did not enter the Ultratop 50, but peaked at number 23 on the Flemish Ultratip chart.

Music videosEdit

Year Video
2013 "Life Weighs Heavy"
2016 "Slow Down"
"How Lucky We Are"


  1. ^ "AVROTROS confirms: Douwe Bob to Stockholm! - ESCBubble". Retrieved 2015-09-22.
  2. ^ "Wat er Fries is aan Douwe Bob" (in Dutch), Leeuwarder Courant, 2016. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  3. ^ a b "'Het kwartje viel op Paaspop', Douwe Bob (22) voelde zich in Schijndel voor het eerst op z'n gemak". Omroep Brabant.
  4. ^ a b "Douwe Bob - Born In A Storm". NU.
  5. ^ "Douwe Bob Posthuma winnaar Beste Singer-Songwriter". Centrale Redactie (web). Archived from the original on 2015-09-23. Retrieved 2015-04-06.
  6. ^ Door: Just Fontein. "Pinkpop 2013: Douwe Bob is gelukkig geen singer-songwriter meer". De Volkskrant.
  7. ^ "Douwe Bob op Pinkpop". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  8. ^ "Whatever Forever: Douwe Bob - IDFA". Archived from the original on 2015-10-04. Retrieved 2015-04-07.
  9. ^ "Bevrijdingsfestivals - Douwe Bob". Archived from the original on 2015-04-11. Retrieved 2015-04-07.
  10. ^ Mike (Michael). "The Netherlands: Anouk releases new duet 'Hold me'". Eurovision 2015 Predictions, Polls, Odds, Rankings - wiwibloggs.
  11. ^ "Douwe Bob Kondigt Album 'Pass It On' Aan « Nieuws « Universal Music - Your Music Ondemand".
  12. ^ "Douwe Bob + Max Meser". Doornroosje.
  13. ^ Escudero, Victor M. "The Netherlands: Douwe Bob To Represent The Netherlands". Retrieved 22 September 2015.
  14. ^ Granger, Anthony (21 April 2017). "Netherlands: Douwe Bob Announced Spokespersons". Eurovoix. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  15. ^ a b c "Singel 39 bekroond met Gouden Film" (in Dutch). Entertainment Business. 17 May 2019. Archived from the original on 7 June 2019. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  16. ^ "Douwe Bob komt uit de kast" (in Dutch). Telegraaf. 10 March 2016.
  17. ^ a b "Discografie Douwe Bob".
  18. ^ a b "Discografie Douwe Bob". Ultratop.
  19. ^ "Discographie Douwe Bob". Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  20. ^ "Discography Douwe Bob".

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Trijntje Oosterhuis
with "Walk Along"
Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest
with "Slow Down"

Succeeded by
with "Lights and Shadows"