Netherlands: Jacqueline Govaert is really positive on the country’s next participation!

Jacqueline Govaert was one of the latest members to be added to jury of AVROTROS, the Dutch public broadcaster, in order to select the best possible song for Eurovision Song Contest 2024.

Talking to RTL’s camera, Jacqueline said some very interesting things ad she is very positive on the next Dutch participation:

“Yes, I have heard some songs, it will be a lot of fun and yes, I have a very good feeling about this year. I’m very excited for sure. They all sang their songs live which is also really cool, because it’s very different from just listening to a recording. This is my first time on the selection committee, so I don’t know how things were done before. One thing I notice though is that this process went very well. First of all, I have a lot of love for pop music and songs, so first you listen to all the songs and then it’s up to you to decide which song is best. And you also think, “What song fits in there? Who’s going to be able to pull it off?” So there are many aspects involved. Cornald Maas is of course also one of the juries, and he has a lot of experience. So he cares more about the history of Eurovision. And so we all strive to achieve the best results.”

You can watch the whole interview of Jacqueline Govaert HERE.
Do you think her positive feeling will translate in a good result for the Netherlands?

Last year, Mia Nicolai and Dion Cooper represented the Netherlands with the song “Burning Daylight”. The entry placed 13th in the semifinals, marking the country’s first elimination since 2015.

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Sweden: Loreen’s brand new single “Is it Love”, just got released!

The winner takes it all” as ABBA sing and this year which was Loreen‘s year as she literally “took it all”!

After winning Melodifestivalen for a second time, she represented Sweden at Eurovision Song Contest 2023 and won the whole thing, getting the first ever double victory for a woman and equalling Ireland’s number of victories by scoring Sweden’s seventh win!

At the same time “Tattoo” peaked in number one and earned gold and platinum certifications in several countries and just recently she signed off a management contract with TaP Music.

Now it’s time for Loreen to make the first step, post-Eurovision, by releasing her first single from her upcoming album called “Is it Love“. Loreen had been teasing us on all her social media for days now with a snippet of her new release.


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Last night Loreen was set to premiere her new song on NPO Start, on a peak-time Dutch TV show called Gouden Televizier-Ring Gala, after 21:00 CET. “Is it Love” is already available in all major streaming platforms. You can listen to it below:

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Netherlands: Watch the official music video of “Holding On to You” for Junior Eurovision 2023!

One of the first countries to select their song for Junior Eurovision 2023 were the Netherlands, choosing Sep & Jasmijn with the song “Holding On to You”  through their national final, Junior Songfestival.

After their national final took place, Sep & Jasmijn were selected to represent the country with the song “Holding On to You” , a song in Dutch and English language.

A while ago, the country’s public broadcaster, AVROTROS, published the official music video of their song, through the official YouTube channel of Junior Eurovision.

Watch the music video of “Holding On to You” by Sep & Jasmijn for Junior Eurovision 2023:

What do you think about the Netherlands’ song in this year’s Junior Song Contest? Write us in the comments below!

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Netherlands: This is the complete line-up of Eurostars for Het Grote Songfestivalfeest 2023 in Amsterdam!

Het Grote Songfestivalfeest was a concert that took place in 2019, in order to promote Eurovision 2020 planned to take place in the Netherlands. After two years without it and one cancellation in 2021 due to the COVID-19 measurments in the Netherlands, the concert came back in 2022, and after last year’s triumph, is ready to come back for yet another year

There will be numerous winners and past participants of the contest, including Μåns Zelmerlöw (Sweden 2015), Ruslana (Ukraine 2004), Eleni Foureira (Cyprus 2018) and Cornelia Jakobs (Sweden 2022).

The concert’s official Instagram account, announced every once in a while a new artist that were going to take part and that proccess ended some days ago. In the end, these are the artists that are going to perform in the contest in alphabetical order and the songs that they will sing:

  • Alika – “Bridges” (Estonia 2023, 8th Place)
  • Bobbysocks – “La det Swinge” (Norway 1985, 1st Place)
  • Charlotte Perrelli – “Take Me to Your Heaven” & “Hero” (Sweden 1999, 1st Place & 18th Place)
  • Cornelia Jakobs – “Hold Me Closer” (Sweden 2022, 4th Place)
  • Edsilia Rombley – “Hemel en Aarde” & “On Top of The World” (Netherlands 1998, 4th Place & 2007, Didn’t qualify)
  • Eleni Foureira – “Fuego” (Cyprus 2018, 2nd Place)
  • Ell & Nikki  “Running Scared” (Azerbaijan 2011, 1st Place)
  • Emmelie de Forest – “Only Teardrops” (Denmark 2013, 1st Place)
  • Gali Atari  “Hallelujah” (Israel 1979, 1st Place)
  • Johnny Logan – “What’s Another Year” & “Hold Me Now” (Ireland 1980 & 1987, 1st Place)
  • KEiiNO – “Spirit in the Sky” (Norway 2019, 6th Place)
  • Käärijä  “Cha Cha Cha” (Finland 2023, 2nd Place)
  • Linda Wagenmakers – “No Goodbyes” (Netherlands 2000, 13th Place)
  • Luca Hänni – “She Got Me” (Switzerland 2019, 4th Place)
  • Μåns Zelmerlöw – “Heroes” (Sweden 2015, 1st Place)
  • Rosa Linn – “Snap” (Armenia 2022, 20th Place)
  • Ruslana – “Wild Dances” (Ukraine 2004, 1η Θέσηst Place)
  • Ruth Jacott – “Vrede” (Netherlands 1993, 6th Place)
  • Serhat – “Say Na Na Na” (San Marino  2019, 19th Place)
  • Stefania – “Last Dance” (Greece 2021, 10th Place)
  • The Roop – “Discoteque” (Lithuania 2021, 8th Place)
  • Verka Serduchka – “Dancing Lasha Tumbai” (Ukraine 2007, 2nd Place)
  • WRS – “Llámame” (Romania 2022, 18th Place)

The great concert, is a co-production of the public broadcaster AVROTROS and PILOTSTUDIO and it’s going to take place in November 16th in Ziggo Dome arena of Amsterdam. It will also be broadcasted some time later by the Dutch public Television.

The hosts of the show will once again be Edsilia Rombley (Netherlands 1998 and 2007, Eurovision 2021 host).

But keep your eyes open, beacuse we think that the Dutch producers might announce some more artists in the near future!

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Netherlands: Jacqueline Govaert and Jaap Reesema are the new members of the selection comitee for Eurovision 2024!

After the addition of Jacqueline Govaert and Jaap Reesema, the jury of AVROTROS for Eurovision 2024 is now complete. Together with the president Twan van de Nieuwenhuijzen as well as Carolien Borgers, Hila Noorzai, Cornald Maas and Sander Lantinga, they will choose the artist and the song that will represent the Netherlands at the Eurovision Song Contest 2024 in Sweden!

Singer-songwriters Jacqueline Govaert and Jaap Reesema bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the panel. Both are in contact with various Dutch artists and producers, so that the country’s music industry can be properly represented. Both artists have delivered several hits, written and produced many songs for other artists, and are completely up-to-date on what’s happening in the global music industry.

The head of delegation, Twan van de Nieuwenhuijzen, said that:

“Through our conversations, I know that Jacqueline and Jaap always enjoy following the Eurovision Song Contest and are highly motivated to recognize that one rock-solid song that can conquer all of Europe and the rest of the world. Many unknown and well-known artists have already registered. Now that the selection committee is complete, I am even more looking forward to the final choice that we will make together.”

Jacqueline Govaert said after being added to the jury panel:

“Hearing a good song sung well for the first time has something magical about it. I am really looking forward to listening to the submissions together with the other committee members and finding the perfect song!”

In the end, Jaap Reesema, stated:

I really like the opportunity to contribute to the creation of great international success for a Dutch product. Watch the winning song ‘Arcade’ by Duncan Laurence. It now has more than 1 billion Spotify streams, unprecedented! The Eurovision Song Contest can do that for a song and for an artist. I am convinced that we have enough talented, creative people in the Netherlands to take the win again and I will dedicate myself 100% to make that happen! 

Artists, composers, lyricists, producers and record labels can still register until Saturday 30 September. The aim is to make the final choice by mid-December at the latest.

Mia Nicolai & Dion Cooper represented the Netherlands at the Eurovision Song Contest 2023, but they failed to qualify for the final, leaving the country out, for the first time since 2016:


Netherlands: Is Douwe Bob coming back for Eurovision 2024?

The first non-qualification in Eurovision for the Netherlands after six consecutive qualifications and even one win, caused many internal changes in the Dutch delegation. AVROTROS appointed a new head of delegation and there will be changes in the internal selection to come.

The Dutch delegation ruled out a massive change in the selection process and the conduction of a national final right from the start, due to low interest from the Dutch music industry. Instead, and according to the new head of delegationTwan van de Nieuwenhuijzen, the changes that will be made to the existing system in order to ensure transparency, will include live performances of the candidates and people outside of AVROTROS in the jury.

In this open internal selection, Douwe Bob, Dutch representative in Eurovision 2016, might want to compete. As his manager stated in Shownieuws, the singer wants to compete in the internal selection, saying that:

“Douwe Bob would like to compete again in Eurovision. Even though we do not have any specific song, we hope to submit one”

Douwe Bob represented the Netherlands in Eurovision 2016 in Stockholm, with his song “Slow Down” ending up in 11th place. He is not the only artist that want to compete in Eurovision 2024. Both Bizzey & Kraantje Pappie as a duet, as well as De Bankzitters want to submit songs.

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The Netherlands: AVROTROS opens songs submission and announces new Head of Delegation!

The national broadcaster of the Netherlands, AVROTROS, made two important Eurovision related announcements today.

The first announcement is about the selection method for the Eurovision Song Contest 2024 in Malmö, Sweden. For a 12th consecutive year, the broadcaster chooses the internal selection, with the songs submissions commencing today until the 30th of September. The only change this time is that the songs do not have to have set artists.

The second announcement is about the position of the Head of Delegation. AVROTROS stated that the position of the Head of Delegation was appointed to Twan van de Nieuwenhuijzen who is also going to be the chairman of the Dutch selection committee.

In his previous position he was the Head of Contest for the EBU during Eurovision 2021, 2022, and 2023.

This year the Kingdom of the Netherlands was represented in Liverpool by Mia Nicolai and Dion Cooper and the song “Burning Daylight”.  They ended up in the 13th place of the First Semi-Final, receiving only 7 points and thus failing to qualify to the Grand Final.

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Netherlands: Listen to the runner-up song of the Dutch internal selection! | EXCLUSIVE

Mia Nicolai and Dion Cooper, were the representatives of the Netherlands in this year’s Eurovision, with their song “Buring Daylight”, composed alongside the country’s last winner, Duncan Laurence. Eurovisionfun is here to present to you, the song that almost represented the country in Eurovision 2023, namely, the runner-up of the internal selection, conducted once again by the Dutch public broadcaster.

According to our exclusive information, Merol, with her song “Applaus”, came second in the selection process. Merol is widely known in the Netherlands and is a synth pop artist, while her songs are aiming on the millenials, talking about their life, drugs and sex.

You can listen to her song that almost set a foot on the 67th Eurovision Song Contest’s stage, below:

The Netherlands, didn’t manage to qualify to the Grand Final, for the first time after six years, getting only 7 points and 13th place in the semi-final.

Do you think Merol, would have been able to qualify for yet another year for the Netherlands?

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The Netherlands: National final for Eurovision 2024?

After Mia Nicolai & Dion Cooper were heavily criticized for their vocal performance in their two appearances at the eurovision preparties, AVROTROS director Eric van Stade hinted that holding a national final for the selection of the country’s participation in Eurovision next year is being considered.

He explained to the Dutch press office ANP that the return of such a selection method has been discussed many times in recent years:

“Even after the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest, the decision whether the Dutch entry should be chosen by the public or not will be discussed again, in a serious way with all involved. We have to look for a concept that works. Of course, we’ve all seen this not work in the past. We want to avoid that.”

The Netherlands used the Nationaal Songfestival as a selection method in the years 2009-2012. During this time period, the Netherlands failed to qualify for the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest.

In 2013, the country returned to selecting its entry internally, with Anouk finishing in the top 10. The following year, the Netherlands reached second place in the final with “Calm After The Storm”, performed by The Common Linnets. Finally, the Netherlands won in 2019 with internally selected “Arcade” by Duncan Laurence.

We remind you that the Eurovision commentator for the Netherlands, Cornald Maas, has expressed his negative attitude towards the possibility of holding a national final to select the country’s future representatives.

You can watch the Eurovisionfun team’s reaction video for the dutch entry:

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Netherlands: Duncan Laurence was recruited to rescue “Burning Daylight”!

The situation with this year’s Dutch participation in the contest appears to be more serious than expected. After the official statment that the country’s public broadcaster (Avrotros) was forced to take, due to the wave of negative comments received after Mia & Dion‘s live appearances at the Eurovision pre parties, now the last winner of the Netherlands and composer of the song with which the two young artists will compete in Liverpool – Duncan Laurence, announces that was recruited to help them in the battle they have to fight in the first difficult semi-final.

Duncan Laurence, with a post on his social networks, informs his fans that he will postpone the planned release of his new song, as well as other obligations he had, since in the next period he will focus exclusively on Mia & Dion and how they will perform better their song, Burning Daylight, in Liverpool.

This statement comes after Eric van Stade, a representative of Avrotros, who on RTL Boulevard, described precisely the problem facing this year’s representatives of the country in the contest:

We know what’s wrong, the whole of Holland has seen it. The creative team working on it is now continuing, right at those points, to get the vocals right… There were two new artists, two new talents. Only this year we see that the step (they have to take) to the big stage is much bigger than in previous years when we worked with young talents.

We remind you that this year’s Dutch participation was internally selected by the country’s public television. However, the Netherlands seems to be considering changing the selection system next year and returning to the national final method.

Below, see Eurovisionfun’s video reaction to the Dutch entry:

Will the Netherlands manage to qualify for the final? Tell us in the comments below!

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