The Netherlands has begun its search for their Eurovision 2020 representative, with the selection committee holding its first listening session today.
Jan Smit has revealed today that the Netherlands search for their representative for Eurovision 2020 has commenced. Jan who has been on the Dutch selection committee, posted a photo on Twitter today of the first listening session.
— JAN SMIT (@JanSmit) October 28, 2019
The six member committee will select the Dutch representative and song for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam. The six members of the selection committee are:
- Coen Swijnenberg – DJ
- Sander Lantinga – DJ
- Joyce Hoedelmans – Delegation member since 2014
- Eric van Stade (Director Genera of AVROTROS)
- Cornald Maas (Commentator)
- Jan Smit (Commentator)
The Netherlands has internally selected all of their Eurovision entries since 2013. Anouk placed eighth in the final in 2013 with “Birds”, breaking an eight year non-qualification streak. Since then, the Netherlands have only failed to qualify for the final in 2015. Previously, Nationaal Songfestival was used to select Dutch Eurovision entries.
Duncan Laurence was selected to represent the Netherlands in Tel Aviv with the song “Arcade”. He won the final with 498 points, giving the Netherlands their fifth Eurovision win and their first since 1975. Duncan’s victory also sees Eurovision returning to the Netherlands for the first time since 1980.
Source: Jan Smit
The Netherlands debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1956 and has gone on to compete in all bar four contests. To date the Netherlands has won the contest on five occasions; 1957, 1959, 1969, 1975 and most recently 2019. Prior to Duncan Laurence’s victory in Tel Aviv, the Netherlands had been waiting 44 years for their next victory. Duncan Laurence won the contest in Israel with the song “Arcade”.