Cornald Maas, The Netherland’s figurehead of the Eurovision Song Contest, is currently working on a documentary about Duncan Laurence’s victory at Eurovision 2019. Titled Op weg naar de winst, which could be translated as “The way to victory”, it will take a look at how the Dutch scored their first win in 44 years.
Speaking to Dutch newspaper AD, Maas described the project this way:
“I will try to answer how The Netherlands succeeded after years in which nobody in the Netherlands seemed to have faith in The Netherlands at Eurovision, although every year we came a bit closer to a victory. Thanks to Duncan Laurence, we finally won. I will outline the dark days where ended up at the beginning of this century, but I will also cover the turning point that Anouk started back in 2013. ”
Cornald tweeted about his documentary, saying, “And that’s the way it is”, referring to AD’s article about Cornald creating the documentary.
En zo is het maar net: Cornald Maas gaat documentaire Songfestival maken https://t.co/zS9DbHB2zY
— Cornald Maas (@cornaldm) October 18, 2019
Maas, who is also a member of the Dutch selection committee and was intensively involved in the choice of Laurence, will interview Eurovision stars Ilse DeLange, Duncan Laurence and Ruth Jacott for this the documentary.
Jacott participated in 1993 — the first time that Maas was involved at the contest — and ended up sixth with the song “Vrede”.
Maas says: “She was actually the first to approach it as it became the standard in recent years: very goal-oriented and with her own team. Still, after Edsilia Rombley in 1998, things became stuck and strangled for the Netherlands. About eight or nine years ago we had even become the biggest loser at the contest. The Netherlands did not make it to the Grand Final for eight years in a row. At this moment, the viewing figures hit rock bottom. Nowadays, everything has been turned around. In a way, we have even become a guide country. I want to highlight that transformation in my own way.”
The documentary will be broadcast by broadcaster AVROTROS on NPO1. The intention is for it to air on Wednesday evening, May 13, 2020, the day between the first and second semifinals of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam Ahoy.
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