Dutch television host and Eurovision commentator Cornald Maas told newspaper AD on Tuesday that AVROTROS’ selection committee is set to meet next week for the first time. This is after the submission window closes on 31 August.
Almost 400 entries were submitted during last year’s competition. Speaking to AD, Cornald said that he expected to see the number of submissions decrease, but he hinted that there would be plenty of young talent to choose from. He said:
“The bar of Eurovision is being set higher [each year]. (…) This year alone, there have been four songs from the past Eurovision that made the [Dutch] Top 40. I looked it up: this has only happened three times before in Eurovision history. The last time was in 1983. I think a lot of artists think: there has to be something about applying.”
“A lot of young people see their chances as healthy and that’s what I like the most. That unknown talent does not feel barred, but applies and thinks: wait, this process is there for me too.”
How the Netherlands will select its Eurovision 2023 song
The Netherlands will internally select its entry for the eleventh time in a row. Internal selections have done the Western European country a favour as it has led to a victory and a second place in the past decade.
Similar to last year, the selection committee consists of six people. They include Eurovision commentators Cornald Maas and Jan Smit alongside radio DJs Carolien Borgers and Sander Lantinga, television presenter and Eurovision 2021 press conference host Hila Noorzai and AVROTROS CEO Eric van Stade.
Although the selection committee intends to meet the first week of September, the selection process is set to conclude in November.
Cornald told AD:
“All songs are collected and then we will listen to them from next week and we will sift through them. Sometimes we will ask people if they want to look over [their entry] once again, so that we can listen to it in a second round.”
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