Netherlands – The partnership between John de Mol’s production company Talpa and the Dutch broadcaster TROS concerning the national final for the Eurovision Song Contest will probably continue in 2013. Successful television produced John de Mol affirmed on RTL 4 his will to organize the Dutch selection again next year. He said: “we’re going to try again in 2013.“ He did not reveal any details on the procedure and TROS has not yet confirmed the partnership.
In 2012, TROS and Talpa worked together for the first time producing the national final. An open selection had been organized with 6 candidates finally being selected for the live show. There was criticism as 4 of the contestants were formally associated to “The Voice of Holland” (A Talpa production). Nevertheless, the national final generated high ratings and public interest. The winning song “You and Me” by Joana Franka became a number one hit in the Netherlands. Unfortunately, Joana Franka could not change the Dutch run of non-qualifications. Next year the Netherlands will try for the ninth time in a row to make the final again.