Form 1: Quiz form: had to finish sentences, fill in blanks and write down a full chorus from a selection of songs. Nothing too hard (For the curios: Andre Hazes' Vlieger, Paradise By The Dashboardlight, Abba's Waterloo, Stevie Wonder's I Just Called To Say I Love You).
Form 2: The socalled Quit-Form. You die on the show? NOT OUR FAULT! You get hurt or suffer damage in any which way? NOT OUR FAULT! Oh, and we get to decide if, when and how often we air the show. But we'll never give you money for it. Don't you just love these kind of legal forms?
Next up? Waiting for 20 minutes.
Together with three others I was brought to a room with a camera and 2 producers. One by one we had to step up to tell a little about ourselves. Next, we got a bunch of songs to test our lyrics knowledge. My 3:
1. Barry Manilow - Mandy. Score.
2. Gerard Joling - Zing Met Me Mee. Managed half the chorus, I hate songs like these with a passion.
3. Marco Borsato - Rood. Chorus went like a breeze.
Modest as I am, I think I was the best out of the four, but it wasn't just about singing and knowledge, it was also about presentation and how you would react if you didn't know the lyrics.
Aaanyway, within 4 weeks everyone will get to know if (s)he's selected. Recording days are mid-March. The catch? For every single show they put 50 candidates in a box-like area of the studio (the word 'cattle' comes to mind), and out of those 50, only 5 get picked to actually be a contestant. And only the winner goes home with cash. So it's still a looooong way to go, but hey, it's fun while it lasts.