Joan Franka You And Me
"You and Me" is a song by singer songwriter Joan Franka. It was chosen to represent the Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012. The song was released in the Netherlands as a Digital download on 27 February 2012. Franka wrote and composed the song together with Jessica Hoogenboom (artist name Jessie Maria).
Within the first week after the release of You And Me, on March 2, 2012, the single got in on place #1 of the Dutch Single Top 100.
On 26 February 2012, Joan Franka performed "You and Me" at the Nationaal Songfestival, dressed as an Native American chief with an attire of feathers. The background for her suit comes from the origin of the text of her song. That is about an innocent young love of herself when she was five years old and playing 'Indians' with her little boyfriend. The head dress was designed by Nicoline van Marle. In her performance she sings and plays the guitar, and is being flanked by four female dancers with tambourines, a drum and a small string instrument, probably a small ukulele accompanied with music from a banjo.
In the running order draw, determined on the 20th March 2012, Netherlands was drawn to perform third.
During the performance, Franka had a new headress and wore a long azure dress. Unlike her performance at Nationaal Songfestival, the back-up dancers were replaced by a band consisting of four men playing the guitar, violin, accordion and banjo but the female back-vocalist was still present. The song was slightly altered to include a violin solo after the bridge of the song. Despite the changes, the song finished in 15th place with 35 points and did not advance to the finals. It was the 8th straight year that the Netherlands failed to progress from the semi-finals.
However, if it was up to the public it would have advanced finishing 10th in the televote.