Rumours continue to circulate regarding the Netherlands‘ broadcaster AVROTROS and the internal selection of their act for Lisbon. Now Dutch newspaper AD is reporting that the broadcaster is struggling to attract big-name artists.
The official announcement of the Dutch artist for Lisbon is expected in two weeks, but at this stage, no one seems to know who it might be.
AD‘s sources have already been able to rule out some major artists. Singer-songwriter Dotan, international DJ Martin Garrix, pop-rock singer Jacqueline Govaert and indie group Chef’Special are not in the running. These artists were either not approached or were but turned down the opportunity.
But The Voice winner Maan is again mentioned as a potential artist. AD notes that a young diva like Maan, Romy Monteiro or Sharon Doorson could give AVROTROS the opportunity to excel at Eurovision with a dance song written by a reputable DJ.
The Netherlands has produced many superstar DJs, such as Afrojack, Armin van Buuren and Hardwell, along with Martin Garrix. However, busy artists of this calibre would not have the time to spend two weeks in Portugal for rehearsals. Simply put, they could be making a lot more money elsewhere and public broadcaster AVROTROS can’t match their regular fees.
But, as AD speculates, it might be possible for such a DJ to still contribute as a songwriter alone without needing to be in Lisbon for on-stage rehearsals.
Learning from the past
The newspaper also notes that OG3NE’s performance in Kyiv is considered a “missed opportunity”, despite the sisters delivering an 11th place finish.
The Vol sisters reportedly managed to push their song “Lights and Shadows”, written by their father Rick Vol, despite there being less enthusiasm for the song at the broadcaster. Songs from writers such as Alain Clark and Paskal Jakobsen were quickly rejected by the trio, and the sisters cancelled a session with Swedish songwriters.
OG3NE and their father/manager Rick were so convinced of the quality of “Lights and Shadows” that they felt there was no point looking any further for songs. But it’s felt that a stronger song could have given the Netherlands an even better result, if not a win, in Kyiv.
A source at the broadcaster told AD that this cannot be allowed to happen again, and AVROTROS will hold tighter reins on the song selection process. But has this strict system scared off top acts?
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