S10 has been chosen to represent the Netherlands at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin.
AVROTROS, the Dutch national broadcaster, revealed today that S10 will represent the Netherlands at Eurovision 2022.
Stien den Hollander, better known as S10, is a rapper and singer. She signed her first record deal with label Noah’s Ark at the age of 17, enabling her to record her debut album “Snowsniper” (2019), which later won an Edison Award, the Netherlands’ most prestigious music award. Her second album “Vlinders” (Butterflies) in 2020 and was followed by a sold-out tour and chart-topping singles.
S10 said of her selection:
“Music is everything to me. I hope my music can bring something to other people’s lives, simply because it has done so much for me. Which is why I could almost explode with joy at the idea that I’ll be taking part in the Eurovision Song Contest this year. In front of such a massive audience, being able to do something that’s such an honour while representing the Netherlands… I think it’s absolutely wonderful.”
S10’s entry for Eurovision 2022 will be revealed at a later date but it has been revealed that the song will be in Dutch. This will be the first time that the Netherlands will send a Dutch-language entry since 2010.
Speaking on behalf of the selection committee, Eric van Stade, general manager of AVROTROS, added:
“S10’s song displays guts and authenticity. While normally we don’t reveal anything at this stage beyond the artist’s name, this time I dare to make an exception. S10 remains true to herself and her unique style. This means that, having selected English-language entries for the last 11 years, we’re now sending a Dutch song to the Eurovision Song Contest. We’re sticking our necks out with this choice, which the selection committee is behind unanimously. It promises to be another very special edition for the Netherlands.”
A commission consisting of Dutch television commentators Jan Smit and Cornald Maas as well as radio-DJs Coen Swijnenberg and Sander Lantinga chose the Dutch entry for Eurovision 2022. Similarly to 2019, when The Netherlands’ winning entry was chosen, the group is more focused on the song itself, rather than the artist.
Jeangu Macrooy represented the Netherlands at Eurovision 2021, which was hosted in Rotterdam, with “Birth of a New Age”. He finished 23rd in the final with 11 points.
Image Source: AVROTROS | Source: 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”.