Netherlands – Chaos in the Netherlands: The popular television producer John de Mol has announced his withdrawal from the Dutch national selection this year, which had been confirmed just weeks ago. De Mol and his production company Talpa were apparently put off by the Dutch Eurovision broadcaster TROS’ rejection of one of the biggest stars in Dutch music, Anouk.
TROS now speaks to Eyeworks‘ Reinout Oerlemans, who recently changed to the broadcaster AVRO. The choice is not a surprise as this year the Nationaal Songfestival will be a co-production between TROS and AVRO. Neither TROS nor Talpa disclosed the reason for the end of their cooperation, but Talpa spokesman Thomas Notermans names Anouk as the main reason for their new disinterest in the national selection.
He said about TROS rejecting an internal selection of Anouk: “That is the same as if Frank de Boer called Messi to ask him whether he wants to play for Ajax and then tells him he must first participate in a trial.” TROS had told Anouk that she would have to compete in the national final as well. “If that is how it works, then I lost interest in it,” added Notermans.
Anouk has already criticized TROS, who want to organize a six-round national final for only wanting to fill their shedule instead of having success at Eurovision.
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