Cornald Maas announced yesterday that broadcaster AVROTROS has chosen both its artist and song for Eurovision 2019. Rumours suggest that a dance song may be chosen, something Dutch Eurovision commentator Jan Smit earlier has been advocating for in the media. Could Armin Van Buuren be back in the picture?
Dutch Eurovision commentor Cornald Maas made the statement on the television Show Shownieuws last Saturday. He has high hopes for the chosen song and artist and believes it’s a good choice.
“I know everything, but I’m not going to say much yet,” said the former national selection jury member. “It’s going to be very good and pretty unexpected. Let me put it this way — the entry and song that we’re about to present, I’m very enthusiastic about it and I also believe that it is very likely to end very high”.
After Nashville, a dance song?
Last year the Netherlands went Nashville with Waylon. Rumours are that the Netherlands will be going in the opposite direction this year and have chosen a dance song. This won’t surprise many, considering the country’s diverse range of songs in recent years and their history with the genre (DJ Tiesto, Armin van Buuren, Ferry Costen, etc.). Also, Dutch Eurovision co-commentor Jan Smit has been vocal in the media this year, urging his nation to send a dance song to Tel Aviv. Back in 2013, the broadcaster approached Armin Van Buuren, who wasn’t unwilling at the time, but didn’t have a song nor a singer.
Whether or not a big name is involved in the project, the Dutch broadcaster is certainly diversifying its musical portfolio. It has been some time since the country sent a dance song, having dipped in and out of country music in recent years.
Willemijn Verkaijk for the Netherlands?
In a radio interview last Friday on Dutch Radio NPO 2, Eric van Tijn said his preference would be to send singer/musical star Willemijn Verkaik for the Netherlands. Eric Van Tijn is a Dutch producer and was a composer behind two previous Eurovision entries — Ruth Jacott’s “Vrede” in 1993 and Edsilia Rombley’s “Hemel en aarde” in 1998. Willemijn is best known as musical star for her role as Elphaba in the musical Wicked. She has taken up this role in several different countries — the United States, Netherlands, United Kingdom and Germany. Dutch fans will also know her from her performance on Dutch Liberation Day. On that day — that’s May 5, 2018 — she sang “Let It Go“.
Who would you like to see going to Tel Aviv for the Netherlands? What do you think of Willemijn Verkaik? Can the Netherlands pull off a dance song? Let us know in the comment section below!