The Netherlands: With Jeangu Macrooy at Eurovision 2021

It was not long before the official cancellation of Eurovision 2020 was announced and the Dutch public television had already announced that Jeangu Macrooy would represent the country in 2021 as well.

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Het Eurovisie Songfestival, dat dit jaar plaats zou vinden in Rotterdam, is in verband met het Coronavirus afgelast. Natuurlijk is AVROTROS hierover erg teleurgesteld, helemaal omdat het Songfestival in 2020 juist voor Nederland een extra bijzonder jaar had moeten zijn. Uiteraard heeft AVROTROS het volste begrip voor de beslissing van de EBU, de gemeente Rotterdam en het projectteam bestaande uit NPO/NOS/AVROTROS. Dit is geen makkelijk besluit, maar helaas onvermijdelijk omdat de gezondheid te allen tijde voorop staat. Ook voor Jeangu Macrooy is dit een spannende periode geweest, maar hij begrijpt het besluit volledig. AVROTROS blijft achter onze Nederlandse inzending staan en zet graag in 2021 met nieuwe energie en veel passie de samenwerking met Jeangu voort. Samen staan we sterk! Verdere details over #TeamJeangu en het Eurovisie Songfestival 2021 zullen in een later stadium gedeeld worden. #ESC2020 #ESF2020 #Eurovision #Songfestival @omroep.avrotros @jeangu_macrooy Foto: @antoncorbijn4real

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“The Eurovision Song Contest, to be held in Rotterdam this year, has been canceled because of the coronavirus. Of course, AVROTROS is very disappointed about this, especially since the Eurovision 2020 song contest would be a special event for the Netherlands. Of course, AVROTROS fully understands the decision of the EBU, the municipality of Rotterdam and the project team which also consists of NPO / NOS / AVROTROS representatives. This is not an easy decision, but unfortunately unavoidable because health is a top issue for everyone.
Eurovision 2020 would also be an exciting time for Jeangu Macrooy, but he also fully understands the decision. AVROTROS is pleased to continue working with Jeangu and Eurovision 2021 with renewed vigor and passion. Together we are strong!”

The above statement means that the Netherlands has already announced Jeangu Macrooy as its representative at Eurovision 2021, before the Reference Group decides what to do with the artists and the songs selected for this year’s competition. However, from Avrotros’s announcement, we conclude that only the artist is confident and not the song. Apparently, they are waiting for EBU announcements on this issue.

We remind you that the Netherlands would participate in Eurovision 2020 with the song “Grow”:

The Netherlands: Glennis Grace returns to Eurovision 2020

Dutch public broadcaster AVROTROS has announced that one of the country’s biggest superstars, Glennis Grace, will return to the Eurovision stage after 15 years. Specifically, Glennis will be one of the guests to sing as an interval act, shortly before the announcement of the results on May 16.

Glennis, who is highly regarded by fans of the contest, represented the Netherlands at Eurovision 2005 with the song “My Dream Impossible”, without qualifying to the Final. In 2018, she participated in the 13th edition of America’s Got Talent, where she reached the Final.

As of early this year, Dutch public television, NPO, has announced that it will invite all previous representatives of the country for a unique appearance on the night of the big Eurovision 2020 Final while representatives of other countries and world-renowned Dutch artists will cross the threshold of the Ahoy Arena will cross the threshold of the Ahoy Arena.


The Netherlands: Jeangu Macrooy will compete with Grow in the 23rd place of the final

The draw for the Eurovision 2020 final was held in the Netherlands. Jeangu Macrooy was particularly lucky after the Dutch chief of staff pulled the N.23.

As you know, the order of appearance in both the final and the semifinals is determined by the organizers and approved by the EBU. The only draw being held is whether you will compete in the first or second half.

The exception to the above is the order of appearance of the organizing country, which is always determined by lottery, including all possible seats. From 1 to 26.

The Netherlands will compete at No 23, a very good place. Let us remember once again the participation of the country that will host Eurovision 2020, with Jeangu Macrooy and “Grow”:


The Netherlands: Big plans in Amsterdam for Eurovision 2020

Although the contest will take place in Rotterdam after the city’s victory over Amsterdam for the Eurovision 2020 event, the city of Amsterdam is implementing grand plans for the event.

The de Reguliers business club has plans to install large screens in May to broadcast the two semifinals and the grand final on Reguliersdwarsstraat Street, a street that has linked its reputation with the country’s homosexual life, as there are many gay restaurants and cafes, while hosting the annual Amsterdam Gay Pride.

The municipality has already awarded a € 35,000 grant from the event fund for this purpose. At the same time, there will be events and music playing on Eurovision for the rest of the day.

“We have been working closely with Eurovision Artists, an institution that has been involved with the song festival for at least twenty years”

Eward Koning, President of de Reguliers

However, in order to implement de Reguliers’ plans, special permits will have to be granted by the Centrum district council. Koning himself seems particularly optimistic about the request to the municipality:

“The municipality has stated that this is a unique and extraordinary event and that we want to help us implement it. Normally one can make noise by 23:00, but they have to make an exception on festival days”

Live link to Amsterdam during the contest?

At the suggestion of Sietse Bakker, executive producer of Eurovision 2020, the event could be broadcast live during the competition.

“The competition takes place in Rotterdam. But our community (Amsterdam BC) immediately asked us if we wanted to have something fun. That’s why we do this. We don’t want to steal the show from Rotterdam, but we want to celebrate, share and experience the experience.We discussed the plans with him (ed. Sietse Bakker) a month and a half ago. He suggested to see if we could switch to live broadcasting during the show. I don’t know if it will work, but how perfect would it be to see us in 180 million salons? ”

Finally, Eward Koning did not hold out his optimism by expressing his desire to hear the famous “douze points” from Reguliersdwarsstraat Street.

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Eurovision 2020: Sietse Bakker: “Eurovision final may last less”

An interesting interview was given by Eurovision 2020’s executive producer, Sietse Bakker. Speaking at, he revealed several aspects of the Dutch organizers’ preparation, but also expressed his conviction that unlike his two semifinal contests, the big final lasts long, given that it is always a television program. At the end of the interview, Sietse Bakker said that while he had never been interested in the position of executive supervisor of the contest, he did not rule out the possibility of seeing him succeed Jon Ola Sand.

It was a complete cycle
Prior to taking over as executive producer of Eurovision 2020, Sietse, with his own website designing company, had worked with the EBU on numerous occasions and even served as Supervisor Event. In 2016 he decided to stop. “The first Eurovision Song Contest I attended was in Stockholm, so when it was in Stockholm again in 2016, it was a complete one for me. It was time to quit the competition and get more involved in my own business”.

It all started for one girl 
“It all started when I tried to impress a girl from another class who was a big fan of the competition,” Sietse said when asked where his interest in the competition came from. “I wanted to impress her by making a website mentioning the contest, ESCToday. After attending the Eurovision Song Contest in Riga for the first time in 2003, I was addicted and in the meantime our site had become very big. He didn’t work with the girl, but it was the beginning of my career. “

Proud Dutchman
The Netherlands had a hard time competing, so when asked how Sietse lived up to Duncan’s victory, he said: “AVROTROS has built this beautifully from 2013 onwards, from Anouk to Duncan now winning. Of course this makes us proud, but it’s also a weird feeling. I’m part of the team that has ultimate responsibility is a complete honor, but it’s a very difficult job”.

The final may last less
The most important news that comes out of the interview is Sietse Bakker’s phrase about the duration of the final: “The semifinals are relatively short, but it is true that the final takes a long time and can be less long”.

Does this mean that we will see a shorter broadcast of the Eurovision final, coming to Rotterdam in May? It is worth noting here that the duration of its final competition in recent years is approximately three and a half hours.

Happy with the hosts
“We didn’t find the presenters overnight. We’ve been working since July on who could present it. Everything came to mind: from presenters to singers, actors and dancers. After several meetings, this combination is the best result and we are very proud of this trio “.

More news about hotels coming soon
Sietse Bakker had, of course, to respond to the high hotel prices during the competition. High hotel prices are a problem for many Eurovision fans who would like to watch the event up close. “We have booked 3,000 rooms in the bidding phase, for which we will soon publish more news. Keep in mind that the Netherlands is a relatively small country and you should also look outside Rotterdam for accommodation”.

Successor to Jon Ola Sand?
Will he seek to replace Jon Ola Sand in the future? “I have never pursued this job and now I focus exclusively on the role I have. And for the story, I haven’t been called by the EBU yet”.

You can watch the entire interview below:

Netherlands: Proposal to Edsilia Rombley to present Eurovision 2020

Following “Game Of Thrones” star Michiel Huisman, Dutch media claim that the country’s representative at Eurovision 1998 and 2007, Edsilia Rombley, has accepted a proposal to present the 65th Eurovision Song Contest, which will take place May 12,14 and 16 in Rotterdam. .

In 1998 Edsilia Rombley took fourth place in the competition then held in Birmingham, with the song “Hemel en aarde”. In 2007, she represented the country for the second time, with the song “On Top Of The World”, but failed to qualify for the final of the event.

The news was broadcast by RTL television. Edsilia Rombley will also be one of the presenters of Eurovision In Concert, the biggest annual promo event, held before the contest.

Eurovision Gala: Elena Paparizou is out, Sergey Lazarev is in

In co-production of the public channel AVROTROS with PILOTSTUDIO, the Eurovision Gala is being held in the Dutch capital, Amsterdam, on December 15 with about 30 guests crossing the Eurovision stage. After the news that Helen Foureira will also be attending this big event, the presence of Russian superstar Sergey Lazarev has also been confirmed! On the other hand, Elena Paparizou, due to her obligations to “The Voice” show while initially announced that they would appear at the Eurovision Gala, eventually the Dutch public will not be able to enjoy hert!

Sergey Lazarev attends the Eurovision Gala

More than 30 artists who have made history on the Eurovision stage will gather on December 15 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, for the Eurovision Gala. With this show, AVROTROS is actually launching events for the upcoming 65th Eurovision  Song Contest, to be hosted in the Netherlands after 40 years.

After the news about the presence of Eleni Foureira, the presence of Sergey Lazarev, who managed to win twice the third place, at Eurovision 2015 and 2019, with songs by Dimitris Kontopoulos, is already given.

The Netherlands: Eleni Foureira at the Eurovision Gala in Amsterdam

The public broadcaster AVROTROS in co-production with PILOTSTUDIO, organizes the Eurovision Gala in the Dutch capital, Amsterdam, on December 15th with about 30 guests crossing the Eurovision stage.

Eleni Foureira,who represented Cyprus at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 is among these names.

Apart from Eleni Foureira, Elena Paparizou (Greece 2001 as a member of Antique and Greece 2005), Loreen (Sweden 2012), Netta Barzilai (Israel 2018), and Dana International (Israel 1998 and 2011) will also appear. The names confirmed so far are:

2019 – Keiino – Norway
2019 – (& 2016) Sergey Lazarev (Russia)
2018 – Netta Barzilai – Israel
2018 – Eleni Foureira – Cyprus
2013 – Emmelie de Forest – Denmark
2012 – Loreen – Sweden
2011 – Ell & Nikki – Azerbaijan
Dima Bilan – Russia
2006 – Lordi – Finland
2005 (& 2001) – Elena Paparizou – Greece
2004 – Ruslana – Ukraine
1999 – Charlotte Perrelli – Sweden
1998 – Edsilia Rombley – The Netherlands
1998 – Dana International – Israel
1997 – Katrina and the Waves – United Kingdom
1996 – Eimear Quinn – Ireland
1993 – Niamh Kavanagh – Ireland
1993 – Ruth Jacott – The Netherlands
1986 – Sandra Kim – Belgium
1983 – Corinne Hermès – Luxembourg
1978 – Izhar Cohen – Israel
1977 – Marie Myriam – France
1975 – Getty Kaspers – The Netherlands
1973 – Anne-Marie David – Luxembourg
1969 – Lenny Kuhr – The Netherlands

The event will be screened on New Year’s Eve by another public channel in the country, NPO3.


Eurovision 2020: OG3NE want to join as an interval act in Rotterdam

OG3NE, who represented the Netherlands at Eurovision 2017 and Junior Eurovision 2007, both times winning the 11th place, spoke to the Dutch press, expressing a desire to participate in the 65th Eurovision Song Contest, not as contestants, but as an interval act.

The three sisters remain beloved, both by the Dutch and by foreign audiences, continuing their journey in the country’s music field. They are particularly fond of eurofans and would like to return to the contest stage, singing either alone or with other former Dutch representatives in an interval act.

“We would be very happy if we could show up at Ahoy, as we see that all the fans of the contest say they would have liked it, but we haven’t heard anything from the contest yet”

OG3NE considers it unlikely that the Netherlands will be able to achieve a second consecutive victory, believing that an unknown artist or someone who is now taking his first steps would be easier to accept to represent their country at the May competition. in Rotterdam, since he wouldn’t risk anything.

The Netherlands: Searching for Eurovision 2020 representative begun

In addition to preparation of the 65th Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam next May, Dutch public television has also begun searching for its next representative.

The Netherlands will choose its next participation by internal selection, as since 2013 with this system it manages to qualify for the final (except 2015) and is usually high on the scoreboard.

Jan Smit revealed to us through a post that the committee set up by Dutch public television to choose the next Eurovision representative held its first hearing.

The Committee consists of:

Coen Swijnenberg – Dj
Sander Lantinga – Dj
Joyce Hoydelmans – Member of the competition mission since 2014
Eric Van Stade – General Manager of Avrotros
Cornald Maas – Contest commentator
Jan Smit – Contest commentator

In recent days, it was announced that internationally renowned DJ Armin van Buuren rejected Avrotros’s proposal to represent the Netherlands in the 2020 Eurovision contest.

Duncan Laurence, with the song “Arcade”, managed to bring the event to the Netherlands for the first time since 1980.