Eurovision in Liverpool is now less than a month away. In the run-up to rehearsals, we will be getting to know a little more about this year’s artists, their discography and their Eurovision journey so far. The next act we will be previewing is Dion Cooper and Mia Nicolai.
Dion Cooper and Mia Nicolai’s Eurovision journey so far…
The duo of Dion and Mia was revealed as the next act to represent The Netherlands at Eurovision following in the footsteps of S10 back in November. They were brought together and then put forward for Eurovision 2023, by Dutch winner Duncan Laurence and his songwriter other half Jordan Garfield.
The four have them have written ‘Burning Daylight’ which was internally selected to compete at Eurovision 2023 for The Netherlands. They will be the penultimate act of Semi-Final 1 on Tuesday 9th May, performing in position 14. You can check out the song here:
What do we think of “Burning Daylight”
The team at That Eurovision Site has been doing their reviews for this year’s contest. Euan and Stuart gave their thoughts on “Burning Daylight”, which you can see here:
Who are Dion Cooper and Mia Nicolai?
The duo did not know each other when brought together by Duncan and Andrew. Mia has travelled all over the world and currently stays in LA. Her debut single “Set Me Free” was released in 2020, and the follow-up “Mutual Needs” released in the same year was given airplay on Zane Lowe’s Radio show. Her interest in music was sparked from doing ballet and drama classes as a child.
Dion’s interest in music was sparked by his drummer father introducing him to the likes of Toto, The Beatles, The Police and Jimi Hendrix. He started playing the guitar when he was 15 years old and in 2015 he took part in Series 6 of ‘The Voice of Holland’, making it to the battles round. He released singles from 2020 and in 2021 supported Duncan Laurence on his club tour.
‘Burning Lights’ is Mia and Dion’s first song together.
Netherland’s 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.
What do you think of the duo of Mia and Dion? Can they bring Netherlands a good result in May? Let us know your thoughts! Also, be sure to follow “That Eurovision Site” on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok as we prepare for Eurovision 2023!
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