Dutch singer Jan Smit who will be co-hosting the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam has revealed that he had been asked several times whether he would like to compete for The Netherlands.
Smit has mentioned that he has been asked “hundreds of times” whether he would like to represent his country at Eurovision. He revealed this in the online series Road to Rotterdam which follows the preparations for the contest close-up. Jan Smit added, he never really thought about competing but “maybe it will happen one day”.
Smit has been the Dutch commentator at Eurovision for 10 years. Besides that he has also been co-responsible for the country’s electoral commission for 7 years which is responsible for choosing the Dutch entries.
Jan Smit will be co-hosting the two Semi-Finals and the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, alongside Edsilia Rombley, Chantal Janzen and Nikkie de Jager.
Source: RTL Nieuws / Image source: ANP
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”.