The Netherlands: Is Maan the woman for Eurovision 2018?


She won The Voice of Holland in 2016 and followed that up with two Top 40 hits.

And now, as The Netherlands searches for its Eurovision 2018 star, Maan has entered the rumour mill as a potential contender.

In May commentators began to wonder aloud whether Maan’s appearance on De beste zangers van Nederlands (The Best singers in the Netherlands) foretold of a future Eurovision performance.

It looks a bit like AVROTROS are grooming Maan for the next edition of the Eurovision Song Contest,” Televizier wrote of the 20-year-old star. “OG3NE also competed in last year’s Best zangers and the girl group was later put forward.”

But that’s not all.

The songstress will also compete in the upcoming series of Dance, Dance, Dance, the popular show that sees celebrities showing off their dance moves. Among the other contestants is Eurovision veteran Edsilia Rombley.

Maan’s second TV series of the year suggests she’s very much of-the-moment, which would no doubt make her a popular choice for The Netherlands.

Who is Maan?

Maan — full name Maan de Steenwinkel — has leveraged her victory on The Voice rather successfully.

Her first single “Perfect World” — a collaboration with the internationally known DJ Hardwell — achieved gold status after just two months. The dance song set her big voice to a heavy EDM beat, and captured the playful, youthful side of the singer.

Not a one-hit wonder, she followed that up with “Ride It”, which also went gold, leading to an invitation to sing in The Toppers annual concert — an honour reserved for some of the country’s most commercially successful artists.

The Netherlands at Eurovision 2018

Following several years of crashing out of the semi-finals, the Netherlands has enjoyed a renaissance of late.

In the last five years the Dutch have qualified for the final four out of five times. All four qualifications saw them finishing on the left-hand side of the scoreboard, with The Common Linnets achieving a stellar second place.

This year’s rumour mill has already churned out the usual suspects like Alain Clark and some new ones like Dance, Dance, Dance alum and The Bodyguard star Romy Monteiro.

We’ll have to wait and see what AVROTROS decides. But this much is clear: Maan wouldn’t mind the gig. Following her victory on The Voiceshe said she’d be keen to sing at Eurovision.

In any case, are you liking what you’re hearing? Do you think that AVROTROS should consider Maan? Let us know in the comments box below. 

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