As AVROTROS closes the submission for the search of its Eurovision 2024 entry, the broadcaster reveals that it has recieved a record number of submissions for the next Dutch entry.
Over 600 songs recieved
The broadcaster reveals that it has recived over 600 songs for Mia & Dion’s successor, and that the entries submitted are diverse in terms of genre. In terms of language, most of the submitted entries are in English, almost a hundred have Dutch lyrics and a small number of submissions contain lyrics in French, Arabic, Turkish, Spanish and Italian.
Speaking about the number of entries submitted, the Chairman of the selection committee and the Dutch Head of Delegation Twan van de Nieuwenhuijzen had the following to say:
The interest in participating is enormous and diverse. It is nice to see that the Eurovision Song Contest is alive and well in the Netherlands: both young talent and well-known artists have registered. From pop to dance, rock, hip-hop, soul, opera, R&B and reggae; all genres are represented. Because of all these entries and also because of the enthusiastic conversations that have been had with artists, record labels, composers, lyricists and producers in recent months, I have a lot of confidence in finding the right song and artist this year.
Now that the entries are in, the selection committee will now listen through the entries and choose the next Dutch Eurovision representative. The selection committee consist of Twan van de Nieuwenhuijzen, Carolien Borgers, Cornald Maas, Hila Noorzai, Sander Lantinga, Jaap Reesema, and Jacqueline Govaert. With the latter two being the latest addition to the selection committee, with the next representative to be revealed in due course.
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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