Jan Smit will return as a commentator for the Dutch television coverage of Eurovision 2022.
AVROTROS confirmed that Jan Smit will return to the Eurovision commentary booth. Jan has commentated on every Eurovision since 2011 except for 2021, which he hosted in Rotterdam alongside Chantal Janzen, Edsilia Rombley and Nikkie de Jager. While Jan was hosting the contest, Sander Lantinga replaced him in the commentary booth.
Jan recently signed a new contract with AVROTROS that includes his role as a Eurovision commentator. He will also continue his presenting roles on Beste Zangers, the various Muziekfeesten, the Gouden Televizier-Ring Gala and will remain a member of the Dutch Eurovision selection committee.
Jan expressed his delight at his contract extension:
“For many years, AVROTROS has given me the opportunity to present programs that give a platform to Dutch artists, both established and new. That is something I want to continue to do and that I find important.”
Cornald Maas will also return as a commentator for the Dutch television coverage of Eurovision 2022. Cornald first commentated on Eurovision for the semi-finals in 2004 and 2005. He took over as the main Eurovision commentator in 2006. He has commentated on every Eurovision Song Contest since then, except for 2011-2013.
S10 will represent the Netherlands in Turin. Her entry 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.
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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”.