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If rumour has it right, then the Netherlands’ AVROTROS will reveal its Eurovision 2016 representative in October.

Dutch Eurovision expert Richard Crommert posted a tweet last night suggesting as much. If true, the announcement would come earlier than in recent years. Last year AVROTROS announced Trijntje as its contestant on November 10, and the year before it revealed the Common Linnets on November 25.

After Trijntje “Parachute” Oosterhuis crashed out on the semifinals in Vienna, drama exploded in the land of tulips. The Dutch could only ask themselves why-why-ayayay? Their impressive two-year streak had been broken and that hurt. The early announcement would suggest their broadcaster is eager to make up for the lapse in form.

But who will sing for the Netherlands at Eurovision 2015?

And now the big question is WHO? Last year rumours suggested Dotan, a very successful singer in the Netherlands. Just when everyone was almost certain he had been signed by AVROTROS, kaboom! Trijntje was announced in late November and “Walk Along” was revealed a couple of weeks later.

This year, Dotan is again amongs the list of names everybody talks about, along with other popular artists like Alain Clark and Caro Emerald. But this year’s field is wider. O’G3NE, the girl band formerly known as Lisa, Amy and Shelly who won The Voice of the Netherlands and represented the country at JESC 2007, are also considered front-runners.

Who are your favourites to carry the Dutch flag in Stockholm? Dotan? O’G3NE? A cat fight between Anouk and Ilse DeLange on stage? Tell us below! And be sure to check out our wishlist here.

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criticca
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criticca

Dotan should’ve represented The Netherlands this year. Trijntje was pregnant so her stage performance was very limited and ended up becoming another bad result for the country..

Melissa J
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October is WAAAAAAY too early! If they go around revealing their artist and song now, then by next May people will have forgotten or become tired of it. It’s better to wait until at least December!

Maria
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Maria

Kensington please!

dutchie
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dutchie

Dotan’s Home would have been a runaway winner, no doubt about it, but the rest of his songs are nowhere near that level and -frankly- quite boring. The new songs I’ve heard are also all the same, built around Dotan banging on a floor drum and singing monotone choruses. However, he already enjoys (modest) fame in Germany and Belgium, which could speak in his favor. The three O’G3NE sisters are the most talented of the bunch for sure, but their father insists on writing their songs and while he does produce some nice melodies, the lyrics are downright awful. The… Read more »

CookyMonzta
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CookyMonzta

Time for Dutch rockers to make an appearance. My money is on the band KENSINGTON…

…But I would rather that they hold their tongues on the announcement until the beginning of January, so that they don’t give every country an advantage in deciding who they will send based upon who the earlybirds have chosen.

Again, a performer/song that might appear to be a real contender in November, or at any point in the days before January 1, might not appear to be much of a contender, or even a qualifier, by March 15.

Joyce
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Joyce

Like Ogene, but love Dotans music!
I would be happy with any of these artists.
But it really depends of the song they will bring.

Roelof Meesters
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Roelof Meesters

I am from The Netherlands and i hope Dotan. He is very talented and he is famous worldwide. With a good song he could crack the finals!

Robyn Gallagher
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I’ve been listening to a bit of Dotan’s album. His style seems to be serious, quiet folky songs – and that’s not a style that typically does well at Eurovision. But if he can break from that and go for something a bit more upbeat and – gasp – entertaining.

On the other hand, the success of three big, upbeat songs this year and the relative failure of all the serious (and dull) ballads might mean 2016 will be full of more upbeat numbers, giving a quieter Dotan song an advantage. Mmmmm…

bastian
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bastian

Lol the girls of Og3ne are so much better than that crappy Moje 3. The dutch girls sing a lot better, know how to sell a song (watch Change will come) and can win if they have the right song, no doubt about that. I think it’ll be Dotan, could be a great winnner.

Timselvision
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Timselvision

Btw – why does anyone want Anouk to try again? She´s done it and we have way more artists than only Anouk who are equally good.

WillFran
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WillFran

I wonder if Anouk will try again in a few years time. Is it true about her feud with IdL?

Sparrow
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Sparrow

@thomas I’m not a fan of repeating artists but I’d be more than happy to have Anouk back again :]

Hebbuzz
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Hebbuzz

1. Please an artist who knows how to make a party on stage. 2. Please NO O’G3ne, these are emotionless singing machines, like 3 Moja from Serbia 3. If it is Dotan, let it be e happy song 4 If it is (Roel van) Velsen, let the press focus on the song and performance, not on him being lilliput 5 Always factcheck ‘news’ and rumours from this specific journalist, he’s from the gossip newspaper that (default) burns dutch artists heading to eurovision 6 let it be a great song, well performed and have a vision of how the road to… Read more »

Timselvision
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Timselvision

@Wouter: yep. That would be really nice for a change xD

Thomasfan22
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Thomasfan22

1 word. Anouk.

jr esc nl
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jr esc nl

Yes a thousand times yes!!! Pls let it be dotan!

Wouter
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Wouter

All rumours are going to Dotan… But both will be an amazing choice. I hope one of them will be our representative and hopefully a year that will won’t have qualification-stress.