Douwe Bob

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Douwe Bob
Douwe Bob in 2016
Douwe Bob in 2016
Background information
Birth nameDouwe Bob Posthuma
Born (1992-12-12) 12 December 1992 (age 30)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Piano
  • guitar
Years active2012–present

Douwe Bob Posthuma (born 12 December 1992), professionally known by only his first and middle 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 has released four albums. He represented the Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.[1]

Early life[edit]

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 being a member of The Fool design collective.

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 Storm[edit]

In 2012, he competed in the Dutch TV talent 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, he was joined by Dutch singer Tim Knol and the latter's band. He won the finals[3][4][5] and "Multicoloured Angels" reached number 17 in the weekly music chart Dutch Top 40. His debut album, Born in a Storm, was released on 3 May 2013. The bulk 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 On[edit]

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 and Fool Bar[edit]

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. He placed eleventh in the final, racking up a total of 153 points. He was the Dutch spokesperson for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017.[14]

2018–present: The Shape I'm In and Singel 39[edit]

On 21 April 2017, Douwe Bob was announced as the fourth coach of the seventh season of The Voice Kids,[15] which started on 23 February 2018. In the following season, he did not return and was replaced by Anouk. 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 composed the title song for the Dutch feature film Singel 39.[16] He also played a small role in the film.[16] The film won the Golden Film award after having sold 100,000 tickets.[16]

Personal life[edit]

On 10 March 2016, in an interview with OutTV, Douwe Bob revealed that he identifies as bisexual.[17] He has two children with two different women, and he and his ex-partner Anouk welcomed a third child in May 2022.[18]



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
Born to Win, Born to Lose
  • Released: 28 May 2021
  • 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] Non-album singles
"Until Then" 2020
"What A Wonderful World"
"Hold On"
"Was It Just Me" 2021
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.

Music videos[edit]

Title Year
"Life Weighs Heavy" 2013
"Slow Down" 2016
"How Lucky We Are"
"Shine" 2018
"Ready Or Not" 2021


  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.


  1. ^ "AVROTROS confirms: Douwe Bob Heading to Stockholm! – ESCBubble". Retrieved 22 September 2015.
  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. 4 May 2013.
  5. ^ "Douwe Bob Posthuma winnaar Beste Singer-Songwriter". Centrale Redactie (web). Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  6. ^ Door: Just Fontein (15 June 2013). "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 4 October 2015. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  9. ^ "Bevrijdingsfestivals – Douwe Bob". Archived from the original on 11 April 2015. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  10. ^ Mike (Michael) (17 January 2015). "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. ^ "Douwe Bob vierde coach in The Voice Kids". (in Dutch). 21 April 2017. Retrieved 1 May 2017.
  16. ^ 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.
  17. ^ "Douwe Bob komt uit de kast" (in Dutch). Telegraaf. 10 March 2016. Archived from the original on 17 March 2016. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  18. ^ Douwe Bob expecting third child (DUTCH)
  19. ^ a b "Discografie Douwe Bob".
  20. ^ a b "Discografie Douwe Bob". Ultratop.
  21. ^ "Discographie Douwe Bob". Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  22. ^ "Discography Douwe Bob".

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Preceded by Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest
with "Slow Down"

Succeeded by