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  • (Whistling)

  • (Applause)

  • Thank you.

  • (Applause)

  • Thank you very much.

  • That was whistling.

  • I'm trying to do this in English.

  • What is a chubby, curly-haired guy from Holland --

  • why is he whistling?

  • Well actually, I've [been] whistling since the age of four, about four.

  • My dad was always whistling around the house,

  • and I just thought that's part of communication in my family.

  • So I whistled along with him.

  • And actually, till I was 34,

  • I always annoyed and irritated people with whistling,

  • because, to be honest,

  • my whistling is a kind of deviant behavior.

  • I whistled alone. I whistled in the classroom.

  • I whistled on [my] bike. I whistled everywhere.

  • And I also whistled at a Christmas Eve party

  • with my family-in-law.

  • And they had some, in my opinion,

  • terrible Christmas music.

  • And when I hear music that I don't like,

  • I try to make it better.

  • So "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" -- you know it?

  • (Whistling)

  • But it can also sound like this.

  • (Whistling)

  • But during a Christmas party --

  • at dinner actually -- it's very annoying.

  • So my sister-in-law

  • asked me a few times, "Please stop whistling."

  • And I just couldn't.

  • And at one point -- and I had some wine, I have to admit that --

  • at one point I said, "If there was a contest, I would join."

  • And two weeks later

  • I received a text message: "You're going to America."

  • (Laughter)

  • So, okay, I'm going to America.

  • I would love to, but why?

  • So I immediately called her up, of course.

  • She Googled,

  • and she found this World Whistling Championship

  • in America, of course.

  • She didn't expect me to go there.

  • And I would have lost my face.

  • I don't know if that's correct English.

  • But the Dutch people here will understand what I mean.

  • (Laughter)

  • I lost my face.

  • (Applause)

  • And she thought, "He will never go there."

  • But actually I did.

  • So I went to Louisburg, North Carolina,

  • southeast United States,

  • and I entered the world of whistling.

  • And I also entered the world championship,

  • and I won there in 2004.

  • (Applause)

  • That was

  • great fun, of course.

  • And to defend my title --

  • like judokas do and sportsmen --

  • I thought, well let's go back in 2005,

  • and I won again.

  • Then I couldn't participate for a few years.

  • And in 2008 I entered again

  • in Japan, Tokyo, and I won again.

  • So what happened now

  • is I'm standing here in Rotterdam, in the beautiful city, on a big stage,

  • and I'm talking about whistling.

  • And actually I earn my money whistling at the moment.

  • So I quit my day job as a nurse.

  • (Applause)

  • And I try to live my dream --

  • well, actually, it was never my dream, but it sounds so good.

  • (Laughter)

  • Okay, I'm not the only one whistling here.

  • You say, "Huh, what do you mean?"

  • Well actually, you are going to whistle along.

  • And then always the same thing happens:

  • people are watching each other and think, "Oh, my God.

  • Why? Can I go away?"

  • No, you can't.

  • Actually it's very simple.

  • The track that I will whistle

  • is called "Fête de la Belle."

  • It's about 80 minutes long.

  • No, no, no. It's four minutes long.

  • And I want to first rehearse with you your whistling.

  • So I whistle the tone.

  • (Whistling)

  • (Laughter)

  • Sorry. I forgot one thing.

  • You whistle the same tone as me.

  • (Laughter)

  • I heard a wide variety of tones.

  • (Whistling)

  • This is very promising.

  • This is very promising.

  • I'll ask the technicians to start the music.

  • And if it's started, I just point where you whistle along,

  • and we will see what happens.

  • Oh, hah.

  • I'm so sorry, technicians.

  • (Laughter)

  • I'm so used to that.

  • I start it myself.

  • Okay, here it is.

  • (Laughter)

  • (Music)

  • (Whistling)

  • Okay.

  • (Whistling)

  • It's easy, isn't it?

  • (Whistling)

  • Now comes the solo. I propose I do that myself.

  • (Whistling)

  • (Applause)

  • Max Westerman: Geert Chatrou, the World Champion [of] Whistling.

  • Geert Chatrou: Thank you. Thank you.

(Whistling)

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