Some meaningful news now from the land of tulips and flat land, with AVROTROS confirming today that the Netherlands’ representative in next year’s Eurovision Song Contest will be chosen internally once more, with the name expected to come in early October.
Over the previous few years the broadcaster has ditched its national selection processes which resulted in the country failing to qualify for eight contests in a row. Since the selection of Anouk in 2013, results have turned favourably in the Netherlands’ favour, with a surprising runner-up slot in Copenhagen in 2014 and a separate top ten finish.
Of course, the aim is to go one better than the Common Linnets! Daniel Dekker, the voice of the contest on Dutch TV and one of the people responsible for the ultimate decision suggests that interest could not be stronger from artists in the country;
It’s a big difference from previous years, where we were lucky if we had one artist. Now we have the luxury that we can choose from several great artists. We can make a strategic choice.
The Netherlands were last represented by Douwe Bob in Stockholm, with “Slow Down” becoming another sleeper hit for the country, ultimately finishing 11th in the final.
Who do you want to see for the Netherlands in 2017?