Once again The Netherlands aren’t wasting any time when it comes to choosing their Eurovision participant.
We don’t even know all the countries set to take part in Eurovision 2017, but we’ll soon know the Dutch representative.
As Dutch regional broadcaster Omroep Brabant reports, Dutch broadcaster AVROTROS will reveal their act for Kyiv some time in October. It could be less than two weeks before we know a 2017 act!
AVROTROS’ ESC chief Daniel Dekker says that the broadcaster is in a strong position this year. Whereas in previous years they might have only had one act to pick from, AVROTROS have “several great artists” in their selection pool already. He hinted that it might be a “strategic choice” from the Netherlands this year.
What could that mean?
It would certainly be smart to send an act with Eurovision experience of some form. That may point to O’G3NE — Dutch singing sisters supreme and ex-Junior Eurovision stars. The girls have lots of support behind them (Dutch star Jan Smit called for AVROTROS to select them) and they’d be a popular pick with fans.
O’G3NE have said they’ve not been approached yet, but they “have an idea” about how to win. Sounds like a strategy to us!
They’re not the only act that could be up for consideration. Other heavy hitters and fan favourites include those we listed on our wishlist, including the likes of Caro Emerald and Dotan.
Unfortunately, we know one group that won’t be on that list. Rockers Within Temptation have once again ruled themselves out of Eurovision contention. The group say that whilst they “love the event”, they could only “do worse” out of it from where they’re currently at in their career.
No matter which act gets chosen, it’s likely that it’ll be some time before we hear their song. Cornald Maas told us that the Dutch broadcaster “made a mistake” by releasing Trijntje’s “Walk Along” too early in December 2014. AVRO TROS waited longer to release “Slow Down” for the 2016 contest…and made it to the final, unlike Trinjtje. We get the feeling that it’ll be a similar case this year.
Who do you want to see representing the Netherlands at Eurovision 2017? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.