#TeamJan! Many Eurovision stars have found themselves on the famous revolving chair. Now we can add a Eurovision host to that list. The planned host of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020, Jan Smit, has just been announced as the new judge of the upcoming season of the Voice of Holland. He will be joining the likes of Ali B as well as Eurovision alumni Anouk and Waylon. The air date of the new series is yet to be announced. You can check out the announcement in the instagram post below.
There has been a handful of familiar Eurovision faces that have appeared on the Voice of Holland, whether if its a contestant or as a coach or even a host!
The most recent winner of Eurovision winner Duncan Laurence had his first big break on the Voice, taking part in 2014 and joining Ilse DeLange’s team, getting knocked out in the semi finals.
Other artists include OG3NE, who came in 11th place in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2017, actually won the Voice the same year that Duncan took part.
Julia Van Bergen, the Dutch Junior Eurovision Entrant for 2014, also took part in 2018, joining Team Waylon and making it to the Knockout rounds of the show.
You may have noticed some familiar names when mentioning the coaches. Ilse DeLange and Waylon made up the Common Linnets, who gave the Netherlands their best result since their win in 1975. Other coaches include Trijntje Oosterhuis, who represented the Netherlands in 2015, as well as 2013 representative Anouk, who gave the Dutch their first qualification since 2004.
It doesn’t end there. Fellow host of Eurovision 2020, Chantal Jansen, is also the current host of The Voice of Holland, taking over the role in 2019.
The Netherlands in one of the 7 debuting countries in the 1956 contest. In fact, the first song ever in Eurovision, came from the Netherlands, Jetty pearl sang De Vogels Van Holland, which was the first ever song performed on the Eurovision stage.
The Netherlands has 7 top 3 placements, of which 5 are winners! Eurovision 1956 participant Corry Brokken won the second contest ever held. The other winners of the Netherlands are from 1959, 1969, 1975, and the most recent one 2019.
Since the introduction of semi-finals in 2004, The Netherlands have failed to reach the final 9 times, of which 8 times in a row from 2005 till 2012. However, since 2013, they have only missed out in 2015.
Jeangu Macrooy was set to represent the Netherlands in 2020 before the contest got cancelled. Has had, however already been announced as The Netherlands’ Eurovision 2021 artist.
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