Following media speculation that the Netherlands has selected Douwe Bob to go to Stockholm next year, Dutch Eurovision commentator Jan Smit clarified that not only has broadcaster AVROTROS not decided who will sing for the Netherlands in 2016, the decision isn’t even due to be made until January.
Speaking to Radio 10, Smit – who is part of the group who selects the Dutch representative – was asked about Metro newspaper’s claim that Douwe Bob had already been selected for 2016. He responded, “Then they know more than we do because we only start in January to decide who goes.”
But Smit added that this didn’t rule out Douwe Bob eventually being selected. “People like Douwe Bob are always on the list. I always welcome it.”
Buzz has been building around the Netherlands’ selection, with rumours also suggesting Dotan, Alain Clark and Caro Emerald all as potential artists for 2016. So many rumours!
Since 2013, the Netherlands has used 100% internal selection, favouring established artists over newcomers. This method paid off, with Anouk being the first Dutch artist to qualify for the final in nine years, and the Common Linnets placing second in 2014. Trijntje failed to qualify in Vienna, but there’s no suggestion that AVROTROS are any less determined for the Netherlands to score their first win in over 40 years.
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