After being one of the first countries to officially confirm their participation in Eurovision 2022, the Netherlands has become the first country to open submissions for next year’s song and act.
Dutch broadcaster AVROTROS has set a deadline of 31st August 2021 for songs to be submitted by. They have also set out some criteria that a song must meet to be up for selection. On their website, they state that the song should have a “preferably contemporary, but in any case authentic sound. A song that is able to survive in a competition. By a Dutch artist who can and wants to present a personal song in a distinctive way, in any genre, and if possible a personal story.”
This would follow the recent Dutch pattern of sending a song that is personal to the artist; for example O3GNE’s “Lights and Shadows,” both of Jeangu Macrooy’s entries, and of course Duncan Laurence’s “Arcade.”
Interestingly, AVROTROS states that they will not work with the artist to come to a final product. They want a song to be already submitted “at an advanced stage.” It also reinforces that the Dutch broadcaster wants to focus on the song over the artist. Between 2013 and 2018, the Netherlands tended to pick the artist before the song. Despite leading to some promising results, the Dutch selection committee (which consists of six music professionals including Eurovision 2021 host, Jan Smit) were concerned that they didn’t have enough control over the song that they were sending.
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