It’s been less than half a day since AVROTROS announced Mia Nicolai & Dion Cooper as the Netherlands’ entry for Eurovision 2023. While Dutch fans are trying to find out who the two mysterious artists are, some other fans and media outlets have found what appears to be the song title: “Chasing Highs”.
According to RTL Nieuws, among others, German music rights database GEMA has an entry in which the duo as well as Duncan Laurence and his fiancé Jordan Garfield are noted as songwriters on one particular track. This track is titled “Chasing Highs”.
If you go into the database, you can pretty easily find the following listing:
However, the entry doesn’t specify which artists perform on the song, but everything indicates that it is the title of their Eurovision song. To find out for sure, we might have to wait a few more months… maybe they composed several songs during their collaboration?
Cornald Maas explains the Netherlands’ song choice
Longtime Eurovision commentator and selection committee member Cornald Maas explained the reason why AVROTROS chose Mia and Dion. Speaking to news portal NU.nl, Cornald said:
“We have also discussed for a long time, of course, a number of other songs. There were really some good entries and also really a lot of young talent. (…) But we thought that this song had the best chance to end in a high spot in the competition.”
“Among the entries this year, there were famous names too. (…) That they are unknown doesn’t have to be a problem. We also saw that with Duncan. When he was proposed by Ilse DeLange, everybody also said: ‘Who is Duncan Laurence exactly?'”
The Netherlands’ Mr Eurovision added that the fact that Duncan Laurence and his fiancé Jordan Garfield wrote the song did not cloud anyone’s judgement. Rather, Cornald said that the song they proposed was simply the best of the bunch.
Who are Mia Nicolai and Dion Cooper?
Most of the fans have been more occupied with finding out who the Dutch contestants are, as AVROTROS’ press release contained very few details about the country’s act. So we have done a little digging…
Dion Cooper — whose real surname is Cuiper — originally lived in Wassenaar, near The Hague. He is a former contestant of The Voice of Holland, where he reached the Battle stages. In recent years, Duncan Laurence fans will have gotten to know him as a close friend of the “Arcade” singer, as he appeared as a pre-show act in Duncan’s shows.
Meanwhile, Michaja “Mia” Nicolaï is a bit more international. With a Russian mother and a Dutch father, she used to reside in Amsterdam, but now spends most of her time in Los Angeles. Once a budding actress, Mia was a student at the Toneelschool in Maastricht, a well-known theatre college. She starred in minor roles in several films and had a small appearance in Flikken Rotterdam, a popular Dutch crime series, and worked as a clothes model.
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