Jan Smit Eurovision 2021

Jan Smit is one of the four hosts for Eurovision 2021. While he may be a familiar face for Dutch audiences, much of Europe and Australia will only be meeting him for the second time, after last year’s Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light replacement show.

So, we’ve compiled 10 facts you need to know about Jan Smit. Let’s do this!

Eurovision 2021: Facts about Jan Smit

1. He was a child star

The Netherlands first heard of Jan when he was just 10 years old. The Dutch band BZN discovered his singing talent and decided to perform a duet with him: “Mama”. At this point, his artist name was still Jantje Smit — Jantje can be translated as ‘little Jan’. Later, he would lose the name and go simply by Jan. After this duet, BZN would produce more numbers for him, including the “Ik zing dit lied voor jou alleen” (I Sing This Song For You Alone). It entered the Dutch charts immediately at number one, staying in the top spot for seven weeks. The song is a homage to his deceased grandmother.

2. He’s from the city of Volendam

Jan hails from the village of Volendam, in the province of North-Holland. Volendam is a harbour village, located directly on the lake Markermeer. The village is known for many things, particularly for its singing talent. Besides Jan, BZN — the band who discovered him — also come from the village. BZN are considered important interpreters of the Dutch genre Palingsound or Palingpop. This genre is typical for artists from the village of Volendam. Jan is considered to be in the same genre of music. The name refers to the fish ‘Paling’ — catching this fish was an important economic activity for Volendam. As the village produced so many singers, it developed this genre of its own.

3. He’s a member of both KLubb3 and The Toppers

Jan is not only a solo singer. He is also active in two different bands. The first is The Toppers — Yes, the same group that participated in Eurovision 2009 with “Shine“. However, Jan wasn’t part of the group then. He joined in 2017. Jan is also part of KLUBBB3. This is a schlager band with three singers from three different countries. The other two are Christoff De Bolle (Belgium) and Florian Silbereisen (Germany). The band is best known for German schlager songs, but they also have a couple of tracks in English and Dutch. They are popular in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria and Switzerland. So far, they’ve released three albums: Vorsicht unzensiert!Jetzt geht’s richtig los! and Wir werden immer mehr Ho-Dio-Di-Jee.

4. He’s a TV host

Next to singing, Jan is also a familiar face on television. He has presented hows such as Beste Zangers, Gouden Televizier-Ring Gala, and Muziekfeest. Since 2011, Jan has been the Dutch Eurovision commentator, along with Cornald Maas. In the clip below, you can watch Jan’s reaction, after Duncan Laurence won Eurovision 2019 for The Netherlands. Jan Smit was deeply emotional while Cornald Maas kept talking to the viewers.

5. He retains strong ties to his homeplace

Jan’s ties with Volendam remain strong. He still lives there and is very much of part of the village’s public life. For starters, he is on the board of the local football team FC Volendam. This team plays in the second-highest division — the Keuken Kampioen Divisie. Jan takes care of general affairs, including fundraising, sponsorship, marketing and PR. Jan Smit originally started at the club as a shirt sponsor. He also wrote a song for the club — “Alles In Mij” (Everything In Me). It came about after he lost a bet — if Jack Tuijp could score 25 goals in one season, Jan had to write a new song. Jack scored his 25th goal in the match against AGOVV on 4 April 2008.

Next to this, Jan also owns real estate in Volendam and he is co-owner of a restaurant. If you are a Jan Smit fan (or if you just like food) and want to visit his restaurant, you can dine or wine in Jan’s Lotje Wine & Dine, located at the village’s harbour.

6. He has a ship named after him

Not many people can say this, but Jan actually has a boat named after him. Volendam’s shipping company Volendam Marken Express called one of its four boats after the singer. Volendam Marken Express organises a tourist-ferry boat line from Volendam to Marken and back. Next to that, they rent their fleet for all kinds of events and arrangements. The Jan Smit is its flagship, meaning this boat takes a sort of lead in the fleet. It can hold up to 250 people and the VIP deck can hold 25. The Jan Smit is mostly rented out for company events and private celebrations.

 

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7. He has released almost 30 albums

Despite his relatively young age, he’s is 35, Jan has been releasing music since forever, or so it seems. In 2016, he celebrated his 20-year anniversary in the industry. Over that period of time, he released 29 albums (including records with The Toppers and Klubbb3). Almost 50 of his songs have charted in the Dutch charts. His latest album Met Andere Woorden was released in September 2018.

8. He’s also an actor

Next to singer and presenter, Jan is also an actor. He played a side role in the Dutch series Flikken Maastricht. But his big debut as an actor was the leading role in the movie Het Bombardement (The Bombardment). The film is a Dutch production from 2012 that tells the story of a young couple during World War II. Jan played the leading role of Vincent De Graaf, a boxing talent that falls in love with Eva. The movie received the De Gouden Film prize, an honour awarded to films that attract 100,000 or more cinema viewers.

9. His sister Monique is also a singer and presenter.

Jan’s sister Monique is also active in the world of showbiz. The public first met Monique Smit when she was part of the real-life docu-soap Gewoon Jan Smit (Just Jan Smit). The show was broadcast in The Netherlands, Germany and Austria. From then on, she came to be in the spotlight much more. She has released four solo albums and charted with 15 songs in the Dutch charts. Next to that she has also presented shows like Zapp Kids Top 20, Wild van Muziek and BUMA NL Awards.

10. His Eurovision involvement goes beyond commentary

Jan Smit has been around for a while in Eurovision. As mentioned, he has been a Eurovision TV commentator for the Dutch broadcast AVROTROS since 2011. Next to that, he also has been a member of the Dutch selection comitteeé for Eurovision. He was the one who publicly announced they would try to get OG3NE. Once the discussion began as to who should host Eurovision in The Netherlands, Jan’s name was immediately high on the list.

 

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Are you excited to see Jan during Eurovision 2021? Let us know in the comments.

Read more Eurovision 2021 artist facts here.

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hebbuzz
hebbuzz
12 days ago

He is also the least appreciated presenter among dutch eurovision dans, as TROS pushed him forward, unless bad english, boring presentation and delivering quite stupid comments during eurovision broadcasts. Dutch fans fear he will enter the contest one day with Schlagersong….

Sapphire
Sapphire
12 days ago

He’s also a coach on the Voice of Holland now, replacing Lil Kleine’s position

willchrisiam
willchrisiam
13 days ago

He seems like a lovely guy. Can’t wait for the article about Chantal! I fell in love with her during the last year’s allocation draw.

Last edited 13 days ago by willchrisiam
Sanne
Sanne
13 days ago

He is pretty famous here in Belgium as well. My parents are big fans of him. He’s been around since as long as I can remember.

Sot
Sot
13 days ago

This year’s hosts remind me of the 2011 German ones… I think Jan Smit looks a bit like that ‘Wadde Hadde Dudde Da’ guy

Sapphire
Sapphire
12 days ago
Reply to  Sot

You mean Stefan Raab? XD

Sot
Sot
12 days ago
Reply to  Sapphire

Yes, thanks

I didn’t remember his name

notyourtoy
notyourtoy
13 days ago

Woah, I didn’t expect to see facts about hosts and I was going to send you an email to work on this haha

musica
musica
13 days ago

The 3Js are also from Volendam, a lot of other artists as well. It’s basically the schlager capital of the Netherlands. Which is special, because it’s actually just quite a small town. I think it has something to do with the fact that it’s a seaside town, with all the sailors historically singing their shanty music.

sTommie
sTommie
13 days ago
Reply to  musica

Although Volendam also gave us this song:
https://youtu.be/kipjrg5O0A4

But yes, that was a long time ago.

AntonESC
AntonESC
13 days ago
Reply to  musica

Maribelle ESC 1984 is also from Volendam. One of the best Dutch entries imo.

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
13 days ago

He used to be quite handsome. But all those years of bad German Schlager songs and shows have taken a toll.

Jofty
Jofty
13 days ago

Only 35? Gott im Himmel! I hope he gets a new jacket this year, last he looked like he had spilled something, or had a “backstage encounter” with a contestant.

sTommie
sTommie
13 days ago

Being a Tros poster child, he also stands for everything that is tacky about Dutch schlager. Avro and Tros merged in 2014. The few years before (f.e. Sieneke and de Toppers) it was Tros who was responsible for the Dutch entry. Considering Tros’ stance on what they consider good music it can be considered a miracle that they gave Anouk carte blanche in 2013.

Last edited 13 days ago by sTommie
Darren
13 days ago
Reply to  sTommie

So Tros is the Dutch RTÉ?

Atleast they have upped their game though and given us Anouk, Duncan and Common Linnets

sTommie
sTommie
13 days ago
Reply to  Darren
musica
musica
13 days ago
Reply to  sTommie

Well, it’s schlager, which is always a little tacky. But a lot of the Swedish entries in Eurovision come from the world of schlager as well, even Måns Zelmerlöw. It’s just that in Holland it’s a completely separate music industry which is generally frowned upon (even though it’s very successful).

hebbuzz
hebbuzz
12 days ago
Reply to  musica

Success full but too simple melodies and very superficial lyrics.

musica
musica
12 days ago
Reply to  hebbuzz

Dude, read a little about schlager. That’s the whole point, it’s supposed to be simple and tacky. It’s basically the country music of Europe, the music of the people so to speak.

James
James
13 days ago
Reply to  sTommie

Schlager is a European cultural relic that needs to be preserved and appreciated. 🙂

Jofty
Jofty
13 days ago
Reply to  James

Modern Talking? Sandra?

Ende
Ende
13 days ago

Thank you Daphne ! That’s such a good idea to do 10 facts about the hosts too.

Darren
13 days ago

I love his voice. His pronunciation of “semi final” during the allocation draw last year was cute.
He’s cute too when he wears his glasses lol

Looking forward to facts about the other two hosts.

Jofty
Jofty
13 days ago
Reply to  Darren

You are going to have a busy night Darren you seem to find so many people “cute”! God bless!

Darren
12 days ago
Reply to  Jofty

Haha oh god I know lol
I’m easily won over with the cuteness