A record number of Dutch residents have registered to be the Dutch participants in the Eurovision Song Contest 2024. AVROTROS announced that the selection committee received more than 600 songs, spanning various genres and languages.
The selection committee will choose who will represent the Netherlands in the 68th edition of the song contest in Malmö next year. “The interest in participating is enormous and diverse,” said committee chair Tuan van Nieuwenhuizen. “It’s nice to see that the Eurovision Song Contest is alive and well in the Netherlands. Both young talents and well-known artists have registered.
Most of the songs presented are in English, approximately 100 songs have Dutch lyrics, and there are also a few French, Arabic, Spanish, Turkish and Italian. Entries also include all types. “From pop to dance, rock, hip-hop, soul, opera, R&B and reggae, all musical genres are represented,” Van Nieuwenhuizen said.
“Because of all these engagements and also because of the passionate conversations I’ve had with artists, record labels, composers, songwriters and producers in recent months, I have great confidence in finding the song and artist this year,” he said. Chairman of the selection committee.
This year, the two Dutch entrants – Mia and Dion – were eliminated in the semi-finals. This was the first time since 2015 that the Netherlands did not reach the final bids.
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