Having a well known name in the music industry is no guarantee of succeeding at the Eurovision Song Contest. Moreover, sometimes well-established acts are not even considered by their public broadcasters. This has been the case of Dutch DJ Armin van Buuren.
The international artist sent a song together with Jaap Reesema. Ressema won the Dutch edition of the X Factor. However, in an interview for Algemeen Dagblad, Reesema confirmed that their hopeful song was rejected. The duo received a negative decision by public broadcaster AVROTROS two weeks ago.
In spite of this setback, the artists are planning to release their candidate song at some point in the future. In fact, van Buuren and Reesema do not rule out participating again in a national final. Commenting on their submission Reesema said in the interview:
We of course think that it is an exceptionally good song. The lyrics would have fitted in with the theme of Eurovision. Obviously, it would have been awesome to travel to Italy but it is a good sign that there is such a tough race in The Netherlands. Eurovision has become prestigious.
The Netherlands Selection Process
A panel formed by Dutch TV commentators Jan Smit and Cornald Maas as well as radio producers DJ Coen Swijnenberg and Sander Lantinga will select the Nethelands. In a similar fashion to the internal selection for Duncan Laurence’s winning song, the focus of the panel will be on the song itself rather than the artist.
According to the first rumours, Lakshmi would be the Dutch representative for Turin. Lakshmi is a Dutch singer of Surinamese descent.
Nevertheless, Dutch broadcaster AVROTROS has not commented on these rumours. The official announcement of the song is expected for early March while the name of the singer will most likely be public early next year.
Jeangu Macrooy represented the Netherlands for the Eurovision Song Contested 2021 with his song Birth Of A New Age. He ended in 23rd place with 11 points.
Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for more updates on the Netherlands national selection