As expected from the Netherlands, the broadcaster has selected internally their act for the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. After having qualified only once since semi-finals were introducted – in 2004, the first edition featuring a semi-final – the Netherlands changed the broadcaster which was in charge of the Dutch entry after the 2012 edition. And in 2013, Anouk qualified the Netherlands to the final and even finished 9th! The following year, the Netherlands got 2nd, their best result since their victory in 1975 and their first ever silver medal! After ups and downs, the Netherlands anchored itself as a new Eurovision power house, even thoughtheir entries were mostly supported by juries (the country also finished no less than three times 11th during that period, in 2016, 2017 and 2022). But most of all, the country ended up winning the 2019 edition thanks to having more support in televote than juries (3rd with juries, 2nd in televote)! The 2020 contest being cancelled, Rotterdam hosted a rather wonderful 2021 contest, even if it was in front of a small audience.
It is the second time since 2014 that the broadcaster pairs two acts together. Mia Nicolai, born in Amsterdam, worked in London and is now settled in LA (as it says in ther facebook page). Her biggest hit is “Mutual Needs”:
Dion Cooper, who is 28, is at first a guitarist inspired by rock legends to which his father introduced him (Jimi Hendrix, Toto…) He likes to blend classic rock with modern pop (on his official site it’s described as “mix Bryan Adams with Harry Styles”). He cowrote his last song “Blue Jeans” with Duncan Laurence, which is probably the connection that was needed for him to get the Eurovision ticket:
Just like this recent single, Dion Cooper cowrote the upcoming Eurovision song with Duncan Laurence. We don’t know yet how or why Mia got involved with them for the entry, of which nothing else was revealed.
What do you think of this choice? What are your expectations for the Netherlands in Liverpool?