In a press release published on the official Nightwish website on October 9th 2013, the band has officially announced that the Dutch beauty Floor Jansen is here to stay. Jansen, vocalist of the former symphonic metal band After Forever and founder/vocalist of ReVamp, had filled in for Anette Olzon for part of Nightwish's "Imaginaerum World Tour" and quickly became a fan favourite.
Here's what Nightwish has to say:
" Ms. Floor Jansen is a keeper.
Also, we will be a six-piece band from now on, as Mr. Troy Donockley (uilleann pipes, low whistles, vocals) will become a full-time member of NIGHTWISH.
Originally we were going to wait until 2014 to make a decision about the future line-up of the band, but the past year has clearly shown us that Floor and Troy are perfect matching pieces to our puzzle, and we are really grateful of the bond that has grown between all of us. We love you guys.
Commented vocalist Floor Jansen: "Words cannot describe what I feel! This union is beyond everything and I cannot tell you how wonderful it is to continue this amazing journey with my new brothers! Once I had a dream…and this is it!!!"
Piper/whistleman, added vocalist Troy Donockley: "`Imaginaerum World Tour´was a revelation to me and in that time, I became aware of a growing unity and then, finally, a transcendence of all the usual nonsense that affects bands. A beautiful process. And since the idea, the musical dream that is NIGHTWISH has been a part of me since before I was born, I am delighted to officially sail into uncharted waters with my brothers and sister. Wondrous scenes Ahoy! "
The new line-up can be seen on the live / tour documentary DVD "Showtime, Storytime" released on November 29th."