The Netherlands: Viewers’ interest wanes as Mia & Dion fail to qualify for the Grand Final!

Viewers’ interest in the Eurovision Song Contest continues to wane as Dutch duo Mia Nicolai and Dion Cooper failed to qualify for the final.

More generally, there was critisism of the duo by serveral compatriots and also by the country’s own National Broadcaster. A few days before the rehearsals started, statements were made by the country’s public television Avrortos and also by a composer of the song and Eurovision 2019 winner Duncan Laurence.

You can find more about it in our articles here and here.

The Dutch delegation did their best to “rescue” the song and the artists reputation, but they did not succeed and this was shown by yestrday’s exclusion.

Viewers who tuned in to watch the first Semi-Final averaged 2,124,000 and had a 40% audience share. Although the competition was the most-watched show, viewership was down 100,000 from 2022.

During the competition, up to 4,727,000 viewers tuned in to watch the broadcast via NPO1, up from nearly 5.1 million viewers in 2022.

The conclusion is that interest will be lost even more, because this year’s participation was the first since 2015 to not qualify, with the qualifying streak ending in 2023.

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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:

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all news regarding the dutch Eurovision 2023 entry!


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 and Dion Cooper share hints about their participation!

Just three days before the release of their song, Mia Nicolai and Dion Cooper, who will represent the Netherlands at Eurovision 2023, have revealed some information about the meaning of their song.

The song they will perform in Liverpool is co-written by Duncan Laurence (Eurovision 2019 winner) and his partner Jordan Garfield.

As a brief explanation of the meaning of their song they posted the following:

The Foundation of our song

What makes us human?
We all know life can be tough. It can feel impossible, draining and lonely.
But we’re not alone. We’re more the same than we are different.

If we can let go of what doesn’t serve us and grow from it as individuals and as a society, then we can create a world that’s rooted in love, connection and expression.

A world that everyone has a place in.

We can build a new life by learning from our past and focusing on a new and brighter future.

Here’s to that future.

Mia Nicolai is 26 years old and her interest in music started at the age of three. After living in London, Melbourne and Mexico, she moved to Los Angeles where she is now residing. Her first single called “Set Me Free” was released in 2020. Her second single “Mutual Needs” was broadcast on the Zane Lowe Radio Show.

Dion Cooper is 28 years old and has been playing guitar since he was 15. He released his first EP, “Too Young to be Dumb” in 2021.

As a reminder, Mia & Dion’s song will be released on Wednesday, March 1


Netherlands: Mia Nicolai and Dion Cooper song to be released on March 1!

Mia Nicolai and Dion Cooper’s eurovision song will premier on March 01, 2023.

Dutch broadcaster AVOTROS made the announcement.   The duo was internally selected to represent the Netherlands in Liverpool.  Both Nicolai and Cooper are credited as songwriters along with Dutch Eurovision winner Duncan Laurence and his partner Jordan Garfield.

Mia Nicolai has been involved in music since the early age of three.  She has lived in London, Melbourne, Mexico, and currently resides in Los Angeles.  In 2020 she released her first single “Set Me Free”.  After that she released “Mutual Needs” as a second single which was aired in Zane Lowe Radio show.

Dion Cooper, 28 started playing the guitar when he was 15.  In 2021, he released his first EP “Too Young Too Dumb”.

The Netherlands was represented by S10 in Eurovision 2022 with the song “De diepte”.  S10 finished in 11th place in the Grand Final

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