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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Netherlands: “We know what’s wrong with it, the creative team is working on to get the vocals right”!

In a rare act of self-criticism by a broadcaster, shortly before rehearsals begins in Liverpool, Dutch public broadcaster made a statement about its entry in this year’s contest and the problems it faces!

After the heavy criticism Mia Nicolai & Dion Cooper received for their two appearances at the Eurovision promo parties and their very mediocre vocal performance, Avrotros have officially taken a stand. Eric van Stade from AVROTROS reported to RTL Boulevard:

“Mia and Dion have now performed twice. We have let them practice on purpose and we have seen that things are not going well yet…We know what’s wrong with it, the whole of the Netherlands has seen that. The creative team that is working on it is now continuing, precisely on those points, to get the vocals right”.

The criticism that Avrotros received after the performances of Mia and Dion in Madrid and Amsterdam respectively had to do with the inexperience of the two artists and whether the Dutch public television finally chose correctly this year for the competition.

“We also chose the best song this year. There were two young artists, two young talents. Only this year we see that the step to the big stage is much bigger than the previous years that we worked with young talent. 

There is a lot of justified criticism, but we know what they can do and we are guiding them intensively and we have faith in them. Together we are on the road to Liverpool.”

We remind you that their song is signed by Duncan Laurence and that they were selected internally for another year by Dutch public television. The Netherlands after too many years face the very possible scenario of elimination, since they are in 11th place in the betting to qualify for the final.

In any case, they really deserve congratulations, as in similar cases that have happened in the past, the respective public broadcasters hide the problem under the carpet and pretend that nothing is happening. It’s one of the rare times (I personally can’t remember another), that a broadcaster officially confirms what everyone is commenting on, seeing the live performances of their artists.

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!

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all the updates!

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The Netherlands: All the performances of “Eurovision in Concert 2023”!

Eurovision in Concert 2023 took place in AFAS Live in Amsterdam, last night, with 29 of this year’s entrants performing live.

The concert was hosted by Cornald Maas and Hila Noorzai. Cornald has been the Dutch Eurovision commentator since 2006. Hila is a radio DJ and member of the committee that selected this year’s Dutch representatives (Mia Nicolai & Dion Cooper). She also hosted the Eurovision 2021 press conference in Rotterdam.

The artists that performed last night were the following:

Albania – Albina & Kelmendi Familija

Balcan sounds and consistent vocals is what we got from Albina and the Kelmendi Family! Might be the suprise entry of this year.

Armenia – Brunette

Brunette singing about her Future Lover with ethereal vocals and the crowds singing along. Beautiful performance!

Australia – Voyager

Voyager give what they promise! Rock and electronic sounds, so 2025! What is concerning though, is that even though their song is supposed to be very uplifting, the crowd was too static. Also falsetto was not always on point.

Austria – Teya & Salena

That’s not a song where you can show off some unreal vocals, however it’s the song that will definitely make you dance! And Teya & Salena deliver, solid vocals and much much fun! One of my personal favourites and if you ask me, a finalist and highly likely a Top5 entry!

Azerbaijan – TuralTuranX

TuralTuranX “tell us more” about their entry this year, however I’m still not getting it. A song that I could listen to the radio without complaining, but wouldn’t catch my eye/ear at the contest.

Belgium – Gustaph

The queerest entry of the year! His vocals are as good as the studio version! He is a fun guy! This is the kind of entries that I would like to qualify, even though that’s not the style of songs that I normally listen to!

Czechia – Vesna

I can only comment on their vocals. They were okay. However, this entry started off as a potential winner, but I’m not getting that vibe, at least not yet. But hey! It’s just a party performance! Let’s wait for their contest rehearsals!

Denmark – Reiley

Danish heart-throb Reiley, had his best performance to date. Some minor vocal issues, but overall a nice performance!–QEIyag

Estonia – Alika

Nice song and great vocals! But for me, it’s no more than just that. I wouldn’t be surprised if Estonia got disqualified.

Finland – Käärijä

Normally, that’s a song that I can’t stand listening to for more than 10 seconds. Strangely, combined to his eccentric looks and his super nice personality, I could now handle listening to his entire Amsterdam performance! Personal opinion aside, I can totally see why this is a contender for the win.

France – La Zarra

Unfortunately, after a statement in her personal Twitter account, La Zarra announced that she has to cancel her appearance in Amsterdam, due to personal circumstances.

Germany – Lord of the Lost

I can’t be objective, I don’t like this style of music. I can only be objective about their vocal abilities, which are on point I must admit!

Iceland – Diljá

That’s a song that I would add to my daily playlist, however, this song lacks something that I still don’t know what it is! Diljá’s voice is great admitedly!

Ireland – Wild Youth

Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall” x “Ritmo De La Noche” x “We Are One” would be a great mashup! I low-key like this song and I loved their Amsterdam performance. But something tells me that they will struggle to qualify this year. Let’s see what happens!

Latvia – Sudden Lights

Another performance that sounds exactly like the recorded version of their song! I didn’t see the love from the AFAS Live crowd.

Lithuania – Monika Linkytė

Monika definitely sounds even better than the studio version of the song. She will try to claim a high placement in the rankings of the jury voting in this year’s contest! In the beginning I didn’t quite like “Stay“, I can now say that I love her vocals on this track!

Malta – The Busker

They were not bad, not at all sounding bad live, but were they as good as it needs to be to qualify to the final show of Eurovision Song Contest? Song-wise I think not.

Moldova – Pasha Parfeni

Despite the technical issues with his Madrid performance, Pasha, the Moldovan 2012 representative and returning artist of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, managed to pull off his performance. Great vocals and energy overall!

Netherlands – Mia Nicolai & Dion Cooper

It’s really sad to see my 2nd place to perform questionably in their own country’s party concert. Their vocals sound a bit off at times and as a duo their vocals don’t seem to connect on their live performance. I hope they fix it till their semi-final, I don’t want to see them become the shocking non-qualifier of the year.

Norway – Alessandra

Very much improved vocally, Alessandra, gets carried away by the strength of her song and her fans are absolutely loving it! The whistle note was so-so. She will improve, I am sure!

Romania – Theodor Andrei

Theodor has a nice voice, but this song is totally “Off and On” so one would either like it or not. I don’t.

San Marino – Piqued Jacks

Their are very very good vocally. Their lead vocalist sounds like Klaus Meine, frontman of Scorpions band. Their song is not at all bad after all.

Slovenia – Joker Out

I simply love this band and this song! One of my favourites! I love how they sound in each and every appearance they make before the contest. I hope they continue delivering up until the Eurovision finals!

Spain – Blanca Paloma

A blend of flamenco and modern sounds, bringing Spanish tradition to 2023. Her vocals are absolutely amazing. I just don’t get the hype around this entry, it is a great entry for Spain, but definitely not a top 3 entry as many fans are claiming over at social media!

Sweden – Loreen

Her vocals are out of this world! Another amazing performance of the former Eurovision 2012 winner and potential 2023 winner! And for those that claim that she sings with the assistance of an Auto-Tune device, I can assure you that even when she rehearsed in the corridors of Malmö Arena or Friends Arena during the Melodifestivalen season, she sounded exactly the same, or even better than the studio version! My winner for sure!

Switzerland – Remo Forrer

I absolutely love his Amsterdam (and every single one of his) live performance! I can’t wait to see this song complete and staged and Remo joined by his four dancers! I think he will qualify! But let’s wait and see!

Ukraine – TVORCHI

I love TVORCHI and their song and their Amsterdam performance. They sounded really really good, I am a fan of their style of music, but I don’t see this entry winning. Let’s see another country winning this year!

United Kingdom – Mae Muller

Come on, she doesn’t sound as atrocious as most of the Twitter people claim. And at least she enjoys it and the crowd loves her! I hope she will do much better in Liverpool!


Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all the news about the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 in Liverpool!

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Netherlands: Eurovision in Concert 2023 takes place tonight in Amsterdam!

Eurovision in Concert 2023 takes place in The Netherlands tonight , with 29 of this year’s entrants performing live.

The concert will be hosted by Cornald Maas and Hila Noorzai. Cornald has been the Dutch Eurovision commentator since 2006. Hila is a radio DJ and member of the committee that selected this year’s Dutch representatives (Mia Nicolai & Dion Cooper). She also hosted the Eurovision 2021 press conference in Rotterdam.

The full line-up is as follows:

  1. Albania – Albina & Kelmendi Familija
  2. Armenia – Brunette
  3. Australia – Voyager
  4. Austria – Teya & Salena
  5. Azerbaijan – TuralTuranX
  6. Belgium – Gustaph
  7. Czechia – Vesna
  8. Denmark – Reiley
  9. Estonia – Alika
  10. Finland – Käärijä
  11. France – La Zarra
  12. Germany – Lord of the Lost
  13. Iceland – Diljá
  14. Ireland – Wild Youth
  15. Latvia – Sudden Lights
  16. Lithuania – Monika Linkytė
  17. Malta – The Busker
  18. Moldova – Pasha Parfeni
  19. The Netherlands – Mia Nicolai & Dion Cooper
  20. Norway – Alessandra
  21. Romania – Theodor Andrei
  22. San Marino – Piqued Jacks
  23. Slovenia – Joker Out
  24. Spain – Blanca Paloma
  25. Sweden – Loreen
  26. Switzerland – Remo Forrer
  27. Ukraine – TVORCHI
  28. United Kingdom – Mae Muller

In addition, Katrina Leskanich (Eurovision 1997, UK, winner, “Love Shine a Light“) will  appear as a special guest.

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all the news about the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 in Liverpool!

Netherlands: Watch Mia Nicolai & Dion Cooper’s first live performance of “Burning Daylight”!

Earlier today, we had the chance to listen to the two Dutch representatives Mia Nicolai & Dion Cooper, performing their song “Buring Daylight” live, through their official TikTok accounts!

In the first video, we can listen to the two young singers performing the chorus of their song, while in the second one, we can see Mia Nicolai performing her solo verse:

@itsdioncooper Can’t wait to perform our song on the big Eurovision stage together with @Mia Nicolai #eurovision2023 #burningdaylight #dioncooper ♬ original sound – Dion Cooper

@mianicolai_music ❤️‍🔥 #Acapella #BehindTheSong #Eurovision2023 #WomenOfTikTok ♬ original sound – Mia Nicolai

Mia Nicolai & Dion Cooper with their song “Burning Daylight” hope to continue the country’s qualification streak and the positive results of recent years! As of now, the Netherlands is placed 10th in the odds for qualifying to the final.

The Netherlands is competing in number 14 of the running order of the First Semi-Final of Eurovision 2023, in May 9, 2023.

You can watch the reaction of the editors of Eurovisionfun, reacting and commenting on the Dutch entry for Eurovision 2023 below:

Stay tuned on Eurovisionfun for all the news regarding the Dutch participation at the Eurovision Song Contest 2023, in Liverpool!

The Netherlands: Listen to Burning Daylight, the country’s entry for Eurovision 2023!

The Netherlands’ public broadcaster AVROTROS revealed in early November that Mia Nicolai and Dion Cooper will represent their country at the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 in Liverpool.

The song is titled “Burning Daylight” and is in English. It was written by Mia Nicolai and Dion Cooper, dutch Eurovision 2019 winner Duncan Laurence, as well as Jordan Garfield and LUKAZ.

Listen to “Burning Daylight” below:

Who are Mia Nicolai and Dion Cooper?

Mia Nicolai is 26 years old She grew up with and around music, as she has been taking violin and piano lessons since the age of three and has received a very creative upbringing from her home, with drama, ballet, music and storytelling. After living in London, Melbourne and Mexico, she moved to Los Angeles where she resides permanently. Her first single titled “Set Me Free” was released in 2020. Her second single “Mutual Needs” was aired on the Zane Lowe Radio Show.

Dion Cooper is 28 years old and has always dreamed of becoming an artist and making music. He picked up a guitar for the first time at fifteen and has never put it down since. In the following years he began to sing and write his own music and in 2021 he released his first EP ‘Too Young Too Dumb’, followed by the single “Fire” released with Maxine, which reached almost a million streams within a few months.

What do you think of Burning Daylight? Tell us in the comments and stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all developments regarding the dutch participation in Eurovision 2023!

The Netherlands: Mia Nicolai & Dion Cooper will represent the country at Eurovision 2023!

All of sudden AVROTROS announced some minutes ago its representatives at Eurovision 2023. Mia Nicolai & Dion Cooper will wave the Dutch flag in Liverpool, with a song composed by Duncan Laurence and Jordan Garfield. Mia and Dion are the third artist that have been revealed for Eurovision 2023! Read more