AVROTROS confirm internal selection for Eurovision 2024 as new Head of Delegation revealed

July 14, 2023



AVROTROS have confirmed that the Dutch entry for Eurovision 2024 will be selected internally.

The Dutch broadcaster has opened submissions for Eurovision 2024, and welcomes artists, composers, lyricists and record labels to submit an authentic, distinctive and competitive song for Eurovision 2024.

The submissions window opened on Wednesday July 12th and will remain open until Saturday 30th September at 23:59 CET. All songs must be submitted to: songfestival@avrotros.nl.

Once the submissions window has closed, the Eurovision Song Contest selection committee will evaluate all of the entries, and will be responsible for chosing the winner.

Each entry will receive a confirmation of their submission. It is possible that the teams behind these entries could be invited to come and sing the song live, and to discuss the future of the song and the singer/s.

One change to the rules this year is that the broadcaster has given the option to submit a song only, without a singer / singers attached. In the case of this happening, a suitable artist will be sought in consultation with the selection committee.

Rules and regulations

  • All songs cannot have been released or performed prior to September 1st, 2023.
  • All songs can be in any language, but must not exceed 3 minutes in length.
  • Each artist / songwriter / producer / record label can submit up to 3 songs, and they must be in the .mp3, .wav or other common format.
  • All music must be on tape. No live instruments.
  • The artists must be flexible between December 2023 to May 2024, and must be at least 16 years old by April 15th 2024.

Alongside this news is the announcement of Twan van de Nieuwenhuijzen as the new Head of Delegation for The Netherlands, and as the man who will be responsible for the entire project on The Netherlands way to Malmö.

Twan is also the chairman of the commitee, and guides the commitee throughout the selection process. Ultimately, he is responsible for the creation of the Dutch act, and leads the delegation in the run-up to and during the Eurovision Song Contest. 

“I am proud of AVROTROS’ request to lead this challenging and unique project. I am looking forward to using the knowledge and experience I have gained in recent years at the Eurovision Song Contest to create a strong and convincing entry for the Netherlands.”

General Director at AVROTROS and former chairman of the selection committee Eric van Stade, is thrilled with his successor: In our view, Twan van de Nieuwenhuijzen is the perfect candidate to lead the project organization of the Dutch delegation. With his many years of experience as Head of Contest at the Eurovision Song Contest, I hand over my role as chairman of the selection committee to him with great confidence.” 

Eurovision 2024 won’t be Twan’s first rodeo – has has previously held a prominent role in the international production team of Eurovision in Rotterdam 2021, Turin 2022 and Liverpool 2023. He has worked closely with the EBU and with all the participating delegations.

Since making the decision to select their Eurovision entries via an internal selection in 2013, The Netherland’s have achieved great success, including eight semi final qualifications and a fourth Eurovision win for the country from Duncan Laurence in 2019.

The Netherlands most recent Eurovision entry “Burning Daylight” by Mia Nicolai and Dion Cooper saw the country not qualifying to the final for the first time since 2015, as they finished in 13th place in semi final one.

What are your thoughts on The Netherlands opting for an internal selection again for Eurovision 2024? What style of song would you like to see The Netherlands sending to Eurovision next year? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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