Marlayne (born Marleen van den Broek, 1 July 1971, Baarn) is a Dutch singer and presenter, best known for her participation in the 1999 Eurovision Song Contest.

Marlayne in 2011
Background information
Birth nameMarleen van den Broek
Born (1971-07-01) 1 July 1971
OriginBaarn, Netherlands

Eurovision Song Contest

Marlayne had mainly worked as a backing vocalist for singers such as René Froger when, in 1999, her song "One Good Reason" was chosen by a very comprehensive margin from ten competitors as the Dutch representative in the 44th Eurovision Song Contest which took place on 29 May in Jerusalem.[1] "One Good Reason" was a very contemporary song, and the first Dutch entry to be sung in English since 1976 (following the abolition of the national language rule for the 1999 contest).[2] In the run up to the contest, "One Good Reason" had been considered one of the favourites for victory, and placed eighth of the 23 entries.[3]

Marlayne kept up her Eurovision connection as the spokesperson announcing the Dutch votes in 2000, 2001 and 2003. She was a member of the Dutch national jury in 2014.

Later career

Marlayne released her first, and to date only, album, Meant to Be, in 2001. In 2003 she became a presenter of news and current events programme Hart van Nederland on channel SBS 6. She has gone on to present several other entertainment shows, notably De Nieuwe Uri Geller, the Dutch version of The Successor.

Personal life

Marlayne has been married to drummer Danny Sahupala since 1998. She gave birth to her first child, a daughter, on 2 July 2009.[4]



  • 1999 – "Ik kan het niet alleen" (duet with Gordon Heuckeroth)
  • 1999 – "One Good Reason"
  • 2000 – "I Don't O U Anything"
  • 2001 – "I Quit"
  • 2001 – "Water for Wine"


  • 2001 – Meant to Be


Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Edsilia Rombley
with "Hemel en aarde"
Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Linda Wagenmakers
with "No Goodbyes"
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