Dutch Eurovision commentator Cornald Maas visited Dutch talk show Tijd voor MAX earlier today and revealed a few small details about the selection process for Eurovision 2019.
While appearing on the show to promote his book “Ach kind toch”, Maas confirmed that nothing has been decided yet for the country’s selection regarding Eurovision 2019.
He said that the song is the most important aspect of the entry and therefore it has to be good. Interestingly, he stated that this year the selection committee is not only looking for artists. They are also looking into the idea of choosing a song first and an artist second.
That would be a revolutionary step for the broadcaster. Since AVROTROS started selecting acts internally with Anouk in 2013, they have given the artists significant artistic freedom to choose whichever song they want.
Maas previously commented that this artistic freedom led to originality and was part of the country’s successes in 2013 and 2014.
The downside of this artistic freedom, however, is that the broadcaster has little control over the entry. An insider commented last year that AVROTROS wanted to regain more control over the entry as OG3NE had reportedly cancelled a session with songwriters from Sweden. Others have whispered to us in the past that Trijntje Oosterhuis refused to take much advice with regards to her stage performance.
Artistic freedom at the 2018 song contest didn’t go down so well for The Netherlands either. Cornald Maas revealed just after the release of Waylon’s song “Outlaw In ‘Em” that it wasn’t his favourite song of those Waylon had proposed to send to Eurovision.
Of course, it was Waylon who had full artistic control and chose the country song — and questionable staging — that he performed in Lisbon.
Meanwhile, celebrity gossip programme RTL Boulevard has asked several artists if they are willing to take part in Eurovision.
Swing singer Caro Emerald revealed a few days ago that she would be interested in discussing Eurovision if AVROTROS were to call her. During Tijd voor MAX, Cornald Maas stated that they have not spoken with her yet, but that they might be interested in calling her for a conversation. So, who knows?
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