🇳🇱 TES Preview: Sad and dreamy but uplifiting for Mia & Dion’s first rehearsal

🇳🇱 TES Preview: Sad and dreamy but uplifiting for Mia & Dion’s first rehearsal

Today the first rehearsals for Eurovision 2023 continue in Liverpool. Countries rehearsing on Day 2 include Israel, Azerbaijan, Czechia, The Netherlands, Finland, Denmark, Armenia, Romania, Belgium, and Cyprus. The fourth to rehearse today is The Netherland’s Mia & Dion.

Mia & Dion‘s first rehearsal

The fourth to take to the Eurovision 2023 stage at Liverpool Arena in Liverpool today was Mia & Dion. Mia & Dion will be competing in this year’s competition with their entry “Burning Daylight” following their internal selection by Dutch broadcaster Avrotros

Following Mia & Dion’s first rehearsal a clip of what went on was posted on the official TikTok account of the Eurovision Song Contest. The clip showed Mia & Dion before and after they took to the Eurovision stage for the first time, as well as giving us some insight into how well their first rehearsal went.


Haunting, mesmerising, and enchanting stuff from Mia & Dion 🥺🧡 #Eurovision2023 #Eurovision @Mia Nicolai @Dion Cooper

♬ original sound – Eurovision

What did we learn about Mia & Dion’s staging?

Mia and Dion from the first rehearsal of Eurovision taken by Corinne Cumming / EBU

As said in the Eurovision liveblog, Mia and Dion go for a rather simplistic staging. They are on a small revolting stage, which creates a beautiful effect while they move around. The performance heavily relies on the camera work, which the people in the arena could not feel as well as the people watching the video. Both of them are vocal powerhouses and they harmonize well.

What we thought of Mia & Dion’s first rehearsal

After Mia & Dion’s first rehearsal, Rosie gave her initial thoughts on the snippet that we saw.


#stitch with @Eurovision Mia Nicolai and Dion Cooper are up next to rehearse! They will be representing The Netherlands at Eurovision with “Burning Daylight”. Here’s what @tiktokwithrosie thought of what we’ve seen so far! #eurovision2023 #esc2023 #eurovisiontiktok #netherlands

♬ original sound – That Eurovision Site

Who are Mia & Dion?

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 Daylight’ is Mia and Dion’s first song together.

The 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 “Burning Daylight? Can Mia & Dion bring Eurovision back to The Netherlands? 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!

News Source: That Eurovision Site

Photo Credit: Corinne Cumming / EBU

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