Earlier this week AVROTROS revealed that Duncan Laurence will represent the Netherlands at Eurovision 2019. And it seems that renowned composer Dick Bakker has a problem with the selection — or, rather, with the method by which Duncan was chosen. Dick has called for a return to the Dutch national selection format “Nationaal Songfestival”. Dick, in case you forgot, was the composer of “Ding-A-Dong”, sung by Teach-In 1975. It was the last Dutch song to win.
“It is very important that an extensive national selection is first done, to compete in an international competition. In sports we do the same thing, right? Now everyone feels left out. This year also, all creative composers and lyricists will be completely sidelined at the Eurovision Song Contest. Even if Duncan Laurence has a great song, I really hope AVROTROS will think about this. They are after all a PUBLIC broadcaster. We need to give Eurovision back to the audience.”
While Dick is best known for his “Ding-A-Dong”, he has been involved in numerous Dutch Eurovision songs, including Edsilia Rombley’s “Hemel en Aarde” and Maxime and Franklin Brown’s “De Eerste keer”.
The “Nationaal Songfestival” format was frequently used in the years prior to Anouk’s internal selection in 2013. But after the show produced a series of non-qualifiers, including its last winner Joan Franka in 2012, the broadcaster decided to give the show the chop. Anouk’s success in 2013 sparked the current run of internal choices.
What do you think? Should The Netherlands stick to internal selections or should the broadcaster consider a return to the national selection method? Let us know in the comments below!