Dutch commentator Cornald Maas has revealed on a RTL talkshow that the Dutch entry will be released in early March.
After a long period without much information about the home entry for the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest, the silence has been broken as we learn that it will be released in the coming weeks.
The Netherlands joins the long list of other competing nations in waiting until early March to reveal their 2021 contender. However this is in-keeping with tradition, as the Dutch typically do not reveal their entries until around this time, such as the 2019 winner Arcade which was revealed to the world on March 7th 2019.
While speaking on the Dutch talk show Koffietjed, Cornald Maas commented on the upcoming release date and his opinions of the 2021 contestant Jeangu Macrooy. Cornald Maas can be considered an expert on the matter, as he provided commentary for The Netherlands from 2004-2010, and then again from 2014. He was also named as the Creative Advisor for the cancelled 2020 edition in Rotterdam.
In the interview he paid homage to the attitude and perseverance of Jeangu and the way he has approached the cancellation of the 2020 edition and the lead up to the 2021 edition.
“I have a lot of appreciation for Jeangu and his team for how they dealt with the situation. A year ago, it was cancelled and he was immediately reselected to represent us and that was justified, I found. That you give him another chance for taking part after missing the contest then.
But at the same time, you go into it the contest less uninhibitedly, because you know you have to deliver a song that is suitable. You are already the artist. Meanwhile, you also have to do it in a time that is not really inspiring. Corona, lockdown, you get to know less new things, but [Jeangu] is miraculously succeeding in that mission.”
Who is Jeangu Macrooy?
Jeangu Macrooy was born on November 6 1993 in Paramaribo, Suriname. In 2011, he formed the band Between Towers with his twin brother Xillian. He moved to the Netherlands in 2014 to study songwriting at the ArtEZ Conservatory in Enschede.
During his studies in Enschede, Jeangu met with music producer Perquisite and signed to his label in December 2015. He released his debut EP “Brave Enough” in April 2016 and his debut single “Gold” was used in an advertisement for HBO. A year later, he released his first full-length album “High on You”. His second album “Horizon” was released in February 2019. He then went on his first headline tour of Germany.
Source: RTL // Image Source: Anton Corbijn / Eurovision.tv
The Netherlands In The Eurovision Song Contest
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”.