The Dutch broadcaster AVROTROS has already “opened up” submissions for the Netherlands’ Eurovision 2023 entry. On May 16, AVROTROS published the requirements for all potential entries.

Besides the usual Eurovision requirements such as the song having to be three minutes and not yet commercially published before September 1, the Dutch committee is looking for a convincingly distinct song with a contemporary yet authentic sound in whatever genre. After Duncan, Jeangu and Stien bared their feelings and life experiences in the finale, the committee is again asking for a song that can express a personal story.

Moreover, they state that the committee will not help the artist arrive at the final product, they mention that a song should be delivered to the committee already mostly done and dusted. A good reminder of the legwork the artist is expected to do before submitting their contender song.

The submission page also states Lars Lourenco, Dutch Head of Delegation since 2020, will return as Head of Delegation for 2023.

The Netherlands’ selection committee have used the current method of internal selection since 2013. At first with the ideology of “artist first” but they switched to “song first” in 2019, which proved successful with the consequent win by Duncan Laurence.

And so, they have opted to continue this method for the Netherlands for 2023. Submissions will close on August 31.

What kind of song do #YOU think the Netherlands should send next year? Let us know your thoughts on the recent Dutch approach to Eurovision in the comments, on our forum HERE or on social media!

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