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The Netherlands: AVROTROS receives over 600 submissions for Eurovision 2024

October 2, 2023

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The Dutch broadcaster reports that they have received over 600 submissions for Eurovision 2024.

The selection committee in charge of the Dutch participation in Eurovision 2024 have received over 600 submissions, a record breaking number of songs. They will now begin their selection process, which will eventually lead them to chosing The Netherlands Eurovision 2024 entry.

The Dutch selection committee is made up of seven members:

  • Twan van de Nieuwenhuijzen (Chairman),
  • Carolien Borgers
  • Cornald Maas
  • Hila Noorzai
  • Jaap Reesema
  • Jacqueline Govaert
  • Sander Lantinga 

The Dutch broadcaster AVROTROS report that the songs which have been submitted are diverse in terms of their music genre and language. Out of all the submissions, the majority of them are in English, almost one hundred are in Dutch, and the remaining submissions contain lyrics in Arabic, French, Italian, Spanish and Turkish.

Chairman of the committee Twan van de Nieuwenhuijzen is thrilled that Eurovision is alive and well in The Netherlands: “The interest in participating is enormous and diverse. It is nice to see that the Eurovision Song Contest is alive and well in the Netherlands: both young talent and well-known artists have registered. From pop to dance, rock, hip-hop, soul, opera, R&B and reggae; all genres are represented. Because of all these entries and also because of the enthusiastic conversations that have been had with artists, record labels, composers, lyricists and producers in recent months, I have a lot of confidence in finding the right song and artist this year.”

Despite rumours that The Netherlands could be returning to a national final for Eurovision 2024, it was confirmed in July 2023 that the country would once again be using an internal selection to find their Eurovision 2024 representative.

Since switching from national finals to internal selections back in 2013, The Netherlands have achieved great success. Prior to this, The Netherlands had failed to qualify from the semi finals every year from 2005 to 2012. But since 2013, they have gone on to achieve eight qualifications, six of them resulting in a left hand finish in the final.

This year, Mia Nicolai and Dion Cooper teamed up to represent their country at Eurovision 2023 in Liverpool with “Burning Daylight”. They finshed in 13th place in semi final 1 with seven points.

Are you surprised that the Dutch broadcaster has received such a high number of submissions? Which Dutch acts are you hoping for at Eurovision? Let us know in the comments below!

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