Again, the Netherlands isn’t wasting any time when it comes to selecting their act for Eurovision 2018. Dutch broadcaster AVROTROS has confirmed it will decide their act for Lisbon within the next months. And the rumour mill is already pointing in the direction of The Voice winner Maan.
AVROTROS spokesperson Famke Kroese confirmed the timeline to Metro News. She told the paper, “The decision has not yet been made, but the list of names is getting a bit shorter. Within a month we will confirm the name.”
While the broadcaster isn’t saying who they’re considering, the name that keeps coming up in rumours is Maan, the winner of the 2016 edition of The Voice of Holland.
Is Maan the right woman?
Back in July, we profiled Maan as a potential Eurovision candidate for the Netherlands. Back then, she’d caught the attention of Dutch media who were speculating that AVROTROS were grooming her for Eurovision.
Maan was one of the featured artists in the 2017 celebrity singing series of Beste Zangers, following OG3NE’s turn on the show in 2016.
And later this year, she starred in the celebrity dancing show Dance Dance Dance. It all points to a star making the effort to build her profile and gain valuable performance experience ahead of a potential Eurovision selection.
However, if Maan knows anything, she isn’t saying. When recently asked about Eurovision, Maan said she didn’t know anything yet.
Maan — full name Maan de Steenwinkel — came to fame in the Netherlands on season six of The Voice of Holland. Coached by Marco Borsato, she made it all the way to the grand final, where she took the trophy.
Since then, Maan 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.
What do you think? Should the Netherlands send Maan to Lisbon? Who would you like to see as the Dutch act?