Netherlands -The Dutch website shownieuws.nl reports that the director of the Dutch Eurovision broadcaster TROS, Peter Kuipers has informed them that the 2013 Dutch national final for the Eurovision Song Contest will consist of six rounds. A six round national final would put the Netherlands in the same category as Sweden with their immensely popular Melodifestivalen. Whether the idea will be embraced by the Dutch television viewers remains to be seen.
This year the Netherlands held a national final with knock-out rounds that Joan Franka won with her song You and Me. Franka later failed to qualify for the Eurovision final, which is the 8th Dutch failure in a row. TROS had engaged popular television producer John de Mol for the selection process. He will produce the event once again this year.
UPD: National broadcaster TROS announced to songfestivalweblog.nl that the national song selection will take place in January with various artists performing their entries. Specific dates regarding submission deadlines have not yet been announced by TROS. Furthermore TROS have responded regarding the issue surrounding Anouk and have reiterated that there will be no internal selection for the 2013 Dutch representative. This will be decided through the national selection process. (Update by our new writer sagheer 783)
TROS has not official confirmed this yet.
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