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Netherlands: Donny Ronny will stage Joost Klein’s Eurovision 2024 entry!

“Europapa”, with which Joost Klein will represent the Netherlands at Eurovision 2024, is undoubtedly one of the most talked-about entries in this year’s contest. With more than 13 million streams on Spotify and nearly 10 million views on YouTube, the singer is now in the top five of the betting odds.

Expectations are therefore high for the Netherlands’ stage performance. A few hours earlier, AVROTROS, the country’s public broadcaster, revealed that Donny Ronny would be directing Joost Klein’s stage show.

Donny Ronny is known for the comedic style he brings to his works, while he has several collaborations in theater performances to his credit. At the same time, he has previously worked with Joost Klein on multiple occasions. Ronny is particularly popular in the Netherlands, where his most well-known project is the television programme “LOL: Last One Laughing”.

The Netherlands is participating in the second half of the second semi-final, on May 9th. Will Joost Klein manage to bring the country to the grand final, after a year’s absence?

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Source: AVROTROS

Netherlands: AVROTROS responds to the Ukrainian complaints about Joost Klein!

The Dutch public broadcaster AVROTROS has responded to the information that emerged from the Ukrainian public broadcaster yesterday regarding the connection between Russia and the artist selected to represent the Netherlands in Eurovision 2024.

Is Joost Klein pro-Russian?

According to an article published on the official website of Ukrainian public television, Joost Klein‘s discography includes a song that embodies his love for Russia. The song in question is named “Jackass”, and it was published on March 11, 2022, following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. It was recorded in cooperation with Russian musician CMH. The lyrics are seen as contentious as well. For instance, there is controversy over the lines listed below:

Hi, my name is Joost Klein

I love Russia man,

I really wanna marry a Russian woman

I want a Russian lady

I want some Russian babies

 

Apart from his collaboration with CMH, Joost Klein has also worked with Russian Village Boys, a rave group based in St. Petersburg, on a track that was released in February 2023.

Furthermore, while the Russo-Ukrainian War was still going on in July 2022, Joost Klein performed live in St. Petersburg.

AVROTROS’ response

According to an AVTROTROS spokesperson who responded through De Telegraaf, Joost Klein has never made any political remarks that support Russia.

Joost never used his music to express political views.

The Russian Village Boys have actually stated their opposition to the war, as numerous X users have brought to light. Their Instagram post indicates that they departed Russia shortly after Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

A few days earlier Joost Klein was announced by AVROTROS as the representative of the Netherlands in Eurovision 2024. More details about his participation will be announced in the coming months.


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The Netherlands: Joost Klein is off to Eurovision 2024!

Dutch public broadcaster AVROTROS has revealed that Joost Klein will represent the Netherlands at the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö.

The Dutch internal selection procedure

After the submission window closed in early October, the Dutch selection committee was tasked with reviewing over 600 proposals. These 600 entries were whittled down to nine, and finally to five. In order to assess their vocal prowess and prevent a recurrence of the circumstances that led to the nation’s first non-qualification this year after eight years of successful participation in the competition, the five artists were asked to perform their songs live in front of the selection committee. His vocal and performance abilities were therefore taken into consideration when choosing the Dutch representative.

A few words about Joost Klein

Dutch rapper, composer, and former YouTuber Joost Klein was born on November 10, 1997. He is known for his songs “Scandinavian Boy”, “Wachtmuziek” and “Friesenjung“, and his albums M Van Marketing, Albino and 1983. Even though the majority of his tracks are hip-hop, he frequently incorporates electronic music elements into his performances, such as drum and bass, hardstyle, and gabber.

More details will be revealed soon.

You can listen to a sample of his work here:

 

What do you think of Joost Klein? Tell us in the comments!


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The Netherlands: 10 artists advance to the next round of the internal selection for Eurovision 2024?

Ten artists are most likely to advance to the next round of the Dutch selection process for the 68th Eurovision Song Contest, which will take place in May in Malmö, Sweden, according to Dutch journalist Aran Bade, who made this revelation on RTL’s Boulevard. He clarified, though, that this information was still pending confirmation.

According to information from Dutch public television, more than 600 applications were submitted this year, a record number for the country. Among the names that claim the Dutsch representation are Caroline van der Leeuw, Douwe Bob, Tim Douwsma, Numidia and the rappers Joost & Donnie.

According to the Dutch commentator, the decision on the country’s representative is expected to be finalized and announced in mid-December.

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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Source: RTL Boulevard

Netherlands: Caro Emerald’s lead singer wants to participate in Eurovision!

Dutch Singer Caroline van der Leeuw has expressed interest in competing in the Eurovision Song Contest. The singer currently goes as “The Jordan” and rose to fame in Europe while playing with the band Caro Emerald. One of her greatest hits to date is “A Night Like This”, which she released in 2009.

In an interview with NPO Radio 5’s Volgspot she stated that when the appropriate song is found that best represents her as an artist, she would like to enter the competition.

More precisely, she stated:

“I have no intention of writing a song specifically for Eurovision. I don’t think it works that way. Artists ought to produce work that speaks to them and, if appropriate, submit it”.

Van der Leeuw has previously collaborated with Wouter Hardy, who has so far participated, successfully, three times in the contest. To be more precise, he has signed the following participations: “Bridges” (Estonia 2023), “Tout l’univers” (Switzerland 2021), and “Arcade” (Netherlands 2019). The singer was asked if she would be open to working with Hardy to compete in Eurovision. But in her opinion, at least not in the near future, such a thing is not achievable.

“I must say that it went through my head, but we haven’t talked about it and Wouter doesn’t have any time”.

The deadline for the submission of entries for the internal selection of the Netherlands expired on 30 September and the evaluation of the proposals is currently under way. Among the names likely to be considered for the Dutch representation are Douwe Bob, Tim Douwsma, Numidia, Joost & Donnie and  Stefania.

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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The Netherlands: More than 600 songs submitted for Eurovision 2024!

The submission deadline for the Dutch internal selection for Eurovision 2024 has expired, as we informed you in yesterday’s article. Over 600 songs have been submitted, a record number for the country, according to Twan van de Nieuwenhuijzen, the chairman of the committee responsible for choosing the Dutch entry.

He noted that the genres of these songs are varied. Dance, rock, hip-hop, R&B, and even operatic songs are included. The majority of the songs are sung in English, but some of them also have lyrics in French, Arabic, Turkish, Spanish, and Italian, among other languages.

Finally, Twan van de Nieuwenhuijzen expressed his optimism about this year’s participation:

“I have a lot of confidence in finding the right song and artist this year”.

Tim Douwsma, Numidia, Joost & Donnie, and Stefania are some of the artists that might submit a proposal to represent 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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The Netherlands: Nearly 300 entries have been submitted for Eurovision 2024!

The Dutch entry for Eurovision 2024 will be chosen, for yet another year, internally, through jury voting. Interested artists were invited to submit their proposals to the country’s public television on July 12.

Twan van de Nieuwenhuijzen, the jury’s chairman, reported that around 300 proposals were submitted before the deadline closed on Saturday. The songs will be evaluated in the following months, and a choice will likely be made in December.

Tim Douwsma, Numidia, Joost & Donnie, and Stefania are some of the artists that might submit a proposal to represent 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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Source: De Telegraaf