This time last year, we already knew that Waylon would again be representing the Netherlands at Eurovision 2018. This time, however, broadcaster AVROTROS has been keeping quiet. But now we know a little bit more. Singer and Eurovision commentator Jan Smit recently appeared on a Dutch talk show and opened up about the 2019 selection process.
While Dutch gossip show RTL Boulevard chases after every Dutch person with a singing ability to ask them about a possible Eurovision participation, AVROTROS still has not taken any concrete step regarding their Eurovision selection.
Jan Smit — one of the key figures in the selection process — appeared on the talk show RTL Late Night met Twan Huys earlier this week and opened up about the progress. And he confirmed that the broadcaster has not yet selected their act for Tel Aviv.
After Jan Smit sang his song “Liever dan eigen mijn leven”, host Twan Huys remarked that such a song would be suitable for Eurovision perhaps. Jan Smit replied that although he has no objections towards singing at Eurovision, he thinks that there are better artists more suitable for the job.
He also shared his wish for the Dutch act, hoping for one of the Netherlands’ top international DJs to helm the entry. Jan explained,
“There are a lot of good artists. I think that every single Dutch artist should raise their hand to go to Eurovision one time. […] In the Netherlands, we have so many DJs, good DJs, so many who have a huge international platform. When those kind of people release a single, it is immediately added to the playlist at a lot of stations across many countries. In that case [if you would send one of them], you are miles ahead of anyone else. We should try that once. […] The vocalist does not matter in that case, [whether it is Maan, Davina Michelle or someone else].”
In the past few weeks, the Dutch media has been chasing around a good portion of the Dutch musicians. YouTube breakthrough star Davina Michelle said she wouldn’t object, Kensington said they had never thought about it and Maan doubted whether she is ready for it.
Previously, jazz and swing singer Caro Emerald said that the AVROTROS could call her. That last part is exactly what is annoying the members of the Dutch selection committee. Jan Smit explained:
“The Netherlands has so many good singers, but it is also a case of applying to us. Often we get confronted by RTL Boulevard or other media, with artists saying ‘I would like to, but they have to call.’ If people really were willing, they should give us a call. It’s not ‘just participating’. It’s a whole project of half a year. It’s not simply ‘taking a leave for two weeks to sing a song in May’.”
Last month, Jan’s Eurovision commentating partner Cornald Maas said that the Netherlands might opt for a “song first, artist second” approach.
It’s been a year since AVROTROS announced the return of Waylon to Eurovision and it seems that we have to wait some more time this year to know who will represent the Netherlands in Tel Aviv at Eurovision 2019.
What do you think? Who do you want to represent the Netherlands at Eurovision 2019? Should the Netherlands send a DJ to Eurovision? Let us know in the comments below!