After confirming that it will be participating at Eurovision 2024 in Malmö, Dutch broadcaster AVROTROS has opened the submissions in search for Mia Nicolai & Dion Cooper’s successor.
Submissions open until September 30
AVROTROS has now opened submissions for Eurovision 2024, with the broadcaster inviting artists, composers, lyricists, producers and record labels to suibmit and ‘authentic, distinctive and competitive song’ for its search for the next Dutch representative. The participants who are interested in submitting an entry must satisfy the following requirements
Conditions for Songs
- Entries should not be released or publicly performed before September 1, 2023.
- Entries can be up to 3 minutes long
- Participants can submit up to 3 songs
- Entries must be submitted in MP3, WAV or other common format.
- Entries can be in any language
Conditions for Artists
- Acts can be a maximum of 6 performers, including backing vocalists and/or dancers.
- All vocals must be sung live (Pending Rules of the EBU for Eurovision 2024).
- All music is on tape. No live instruments.
- Succesful Applicant(s) must have flexible availability from December 2023 to May 2024.
- Applicants must be 16 years or older on April 15, 2024.
In addition to the above, AVROTROS also mentioned that the people behind the submissions may be invited to sing along and discuss the path of the entry, with AVROTROS aiming to make a decision by mid-Decembet at the latest.
New Dutch Head of Delegation revealed
In addition to the opening of the submissions for Eurovision 2024, it was also revealed that Twan van Nieuwenhuijzen is the new Head of Delegation for the Netherlands, in addition to being the new chairman of the Selection Committee.
Twan is not new to Eurovision, having worked in the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam (2021), Turin (2022), and most recently in Liverpool (2023), as the Head of Contest, where Twan worked with the participating broadcasters in the creation of their performances.
The Netherlands’ Eurovision Journey
The Netherlands are 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 2023, when Mia Nicolai and Dion Cooper represented the nation with “Burning Daylight” – written by Eurovision winner Duncan Laurence. The Netherlands failed to qualify for the final in Liverpool, placing 13th with a total of 7 points from the televote.
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News Source: AVROTROS
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