It is only a few days until Dutch broadcaster AVROTROS closes the submission window for songs for Eurovision 2023. The window will close on August 31st 2022. The broadcaster has announced the next step following submissions closing, including who will be on their selection committee to help find their song for The Eurovision Song Contest 2023, due to be held in the UK.
Who is on The Netherlands’ Eurovision 2023 selection committee?
This year’s selection committee will consist of five professionals all from different fields in the Dutch entertainment industry. Three have been on the committee before while there are also two newcomers. The people helping to choose the Dutch entry for Eurovision 2023 are:
- Eric Van Stade (AVROTROS director)
- Cornald Maas (Eurovision commentator and expert)
- Jan Smit (Eurovision commentator and 2021 host)
- Sander Latinga (Radio DJ)
- Carolien Borgers (AVROTROS DJ)
- Hila Noorzai (former radio DJ and tv presenter)
Eric Van Stade the managing director of AVROTROS said the following about The Netherlands’ 2023 Eurovision selection process
“The fact that young talented artists have just as much chance of being selected as an established name is evident from the artists who have been on the largest music stage in Europe on behalf of the Netherlands in recent years. The committee really selects on the basis of the best and most suitable song and I am happy that we get reinforcements from Carolien and Hila in this difficult choice.”Eric Van Stade on The Netherlands’ 2023 Eurovision selection committee
The Netherlands’ Eurovision journey
The Netherlands is one of the founding countries of the ESC, having performed the very first song ever on the Eurovision stage back in 1956. While the result of “De Vogels van Holland” is unknown, the Netherlands have clocked 5 wins, with their most recent in 2019. However the Netherlands are also known to have had the longest ever non qualification streak in the Semi final era- they missed out on the final a whopping 8 times between 2005-2012. The most recent Dutch entry to the Contest was in 2022, when S10 represented the nation with “De Diepte” – the first song in Dutch in over 12 years. The Netherlands qualified for the final, where it reached 11th place, with 171 points from the juries and televoters.
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News Source: AVROTROS
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