Picture: AVROTROS

Dutch Eurovision fans are still waiting to hear Mia Nicolai and Dion Cooper’s song contest entry. With only a few weeks to go before the Eurovision 2023 submission deadline, AVROTROS has yet to announce a release date.

Despite that, Eurovision 2019 winner Duncan Laurence has shed a tiny ray of light on the entry, which was earlier rumoured to be called “Chasing Highs”

In an interview with Lithuanian broadcaster LRT, Duncan Laurence was asked about the Dutch entry for Eurovision 2023, which he co-wrote together with his long-time partner Jordan Garfield. 

The Pabandom iš Naujo! guest judge said he had high hopes for the Netherlands’ chance of winning Eurovision this year: 

“If I didn’t believe you could win, I wouldn’t participate.

We wrote the Eurovision song together – them, me, and my partner Jordan. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you more about the song yet, because it hasn’t been released yet.

But I promise you will hear it soon. We are currently ironing out the final details to make everything sound perfect.

I am a perfectionist, like the rest of our team. But that’s what you must do when you’re preparing for Eurovision. To think through every step, every detail, so that when we finally get to Liverpool, everything will be calm, of course, we will be fully prepared.”

Duncan visited Lithuania as part of his Baltic promo tour for his single “Electric Life”. Earlier in the week he also stopped off in Estonia and Latvia – where he performed at the country’s selection show Supernova.

AVROTROS has yet to reveal the date on which the Netherlands’ Eurovision 2023 entry will be revealed. However, rumour has it that this might be 2 March.

What do you think about the comments from Duncan Laurence about the Eurovision 2023 entry? Are you excited to hear the end product by Mia Nicolai and Dion Cooper? Let us know in the comments down below!

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Maria
Maria
6 months ago

The snippet of the video looks gorgeous, the song is called burning daylight?

Amar pelos dois
Amar pelos dois
7 months ago

It´s the first eurovision entry written by two couples of musicians or I´m confused ?

Ruud
Ruud
7 months ago

Let’s wait for the song first shall we. Before we start drawing conclusions.
If the song is good at release, everyone miraculously forgets everything negative very quickly…

Ritoli
Ritoli
7 months ago

It’s cute that he wants to win… BUT we have Noa Kirel this year and she is not coming to play she is coming to slay! she will be the winner this year, she have the “dream team” and the money also to give europe EVERYTHING!!! OMG I Can’t wait!!!

Maria
Maria
7 months ago

a lot of Dutch people love to be negative and critisize everything, when you look at it that way Mia is a real Dutchie! So I really don’t understand what people are talking about?

Jamie
Jamie
7 months ago

Y’all are tripping. Duncan’s music after Arcade was amazing. He’s clearly a great songwriter.

Robert
Robert
7 months ago

The level of mean remarks about Duncan is blowing my mind! He wrote Arcade, Wouter produced it.. he may not have hits like Arcade but his music is great.. Electric life,Someone else, I want it all, Feel something to name a few.. his love for Eurovision is real, he’s just confident about the song they wrote.. who can blame him

Jonas
Jonas
7 months ago
Reply to  Robert

Wouter also wrote it, not just Duncan, four songwriters overall.

PuppetOnAString
7 months ago
Reply to  Robert

The fact people hate on him having a winning mentality is just laughable. If only everyone had this mentality this competition would be hella exciting

Mark
Mark
7 months ago
Reply to  Robert

Mean comments?! You should learn the difference between stating an opinion, and being mean to someone. You and probably many people similar to you, need to question your discussion abilities, and that is NOT offensive nor rude, it’s just a positive criticism, but keep living as you like 😉

Robert
Robert
7 months ago
Reply to  Mark

Don’t tell me what to do

Maria
Maria
7 months ago
Reply to  Mark

The question is, is it necessary to be negative? And will the negativity harm another person. If it does, why leave a comment no one is waiting for ? Share love, not hate.

Maria
Maria
7 months ago
Reply to  Robert

Stars is beyond beautiful and Duncan is such a kind person, people are just jealous I guess ?

Carino
Carino
7 months ago

Wow so many negative feelings towards him. You might think people are getting a little scared that he might have been able to concoct another winning song for the Netherlands… I can almost smell the fear.

Maria
Maria
7 months ago
Reply to  Carino

it might be jealousy

Mark
Mark
7 months ago

He’s aiming for gold? Well, he did win esc that year overall but….for a singer who didn’t win neither jury or televote section in BOTH of the semi and the final, he’s delusional and cringy at best lol Also, Mia? Really??After publicaly stating she doesn’t like Netherlands and doesn’t see it as her home, it’s a bold move to take Dutch people tax money and represent HERSELF (as she obviously doesn’t care for the country) at ESC ? Netherlands is truly cringy this year lol

Benito Camelo
Benito Camelo
7 months ago
Reply to  Mark

The Dutch are the least nationalist people in Europe, according to polls, but even then I’ve noticed that people in the Netherlands are very outraged (and with good reason) with her remarks

Robert
Robert
7 months ago
Reply to  Benito Camelo

Most people don’t care

Leendert Jan
Leendert Jan
7 months ago
Reply to  Benito Camelo

I can’t really say that I’ve noticed a lot of outrage. I’ve been reading up a bit about this “matter” and it seems it’s mostly in certain sections of the Dutch (and it must be said sections which usually don’t care about Eurovision) are mad. But well, she’s totally unknown, nobody really knows her story and she’s said something clumsy. Does it really matter that much that she doesn’t feel at home here? Does one have to be a patriot to take part in Eurovision?

Mark
Mark
7 months ago
Reply to  Leendert Jan

If he is taking money and resources from the country to represent himself, then yes, it really meters!

Also, I guess the downvote is only by people who loves NETHERLANDS! Not by people who disagree with what I said (as I said nothing but the truth!), so we can clearly say that Dutch and Dutch supporters ARE nationalists and patriots lol

Maria
Maria
7 months ago
Reply to  Mark

Nee,Nederlanders kicken erop om negatief te zijn, zijn altijd bang voor nieuwe dingen en doen niets liever dan zeuren, in die zin is Mia een echte Hollander dus. Maak van een mug geen olifant. Ik vind Nederland en Nederlanders ook vaak bekrompen, kijk maar naar de reacties van de Hollanders hier… maar dat betekent niet, dat ik niet trots ben op mijn nationaliteit en dat ik mijn land niet zou kunnen vertegenwoordigen, hoe dom…

Leendert Jan
Leendert Jan
7 months ago
Reply to  Maria

Don’t waste your energy, Maria 🙂

Brötchen
Brötchen
7 months ago
Reply to  Mark

I’m not nationalist in the slightest, but it’s so cringy when privileged people say “oh I don’t like my country” especially if its a progressive country like the Netherlands. You are so lucky, be a bit more aware of your privileges.

Leendert Jan
Leendert Jan
7 months ago
Reply to  Brötchen

I get what you mean, it sounds a bit snobby. However, one can be unhappy in even the most perfect country, if you’re not really fitting in with the majority mentality.

Maria
Maria
7 months ago
Reply to  Mark

Sometimes I don’t like the Netherlands as well, because people are getting more and more narrow minded, but it doesn’t mean I’m not proud of my Dutch nationality, give her a break… don’t make this an issue. I hope you feel good about yourself.

Maria
Maria
6 months ago
Reply to  Mark

Het is een jong meisje, ze zegt een keertje dat ze liever in NYC is dan in Nederland (ik geef haar geen ongelijk) en meteen wordt ze door sommige dommies als de grootste landverrader aller tijden beschouwd, wat zijn we toch een bekrompen en burgerlijk volkje aan het worden… relax mensen, richt je agressie op jezelf in plaats van een jong meisje dat niemand kwaad doet. Er zijn ergere dingen.

Ritoli
Ritoli
7 months ago

Haha, in the picture he looks like the “love child” of both of them… her eyes and his face..

Jake
Jake
7 months ago

I had to pause myself before I posted something. But his comments about not entering unless he thought he could win doesn’t completely sit right with me. Particularly from a gentleman who has had no successful follow up to the worldwide hit that was Arcade. And if he wants me to believe he was the songwriting mastermind behind Arcade and not Wouter Hardy who since then has had a better track record composing Tout L’Universe and this year’s Bridges then ok. Credit too for English Will Knox and Swedish Joel Sjöö for the composition. And not surprising none of them… Read more »

Mike
Mike
7 months ago
Reply to  Jake

You had me until you said bridges ? that song is possibly the worst Estonian act of the century

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
7 months ago
Reply to  Mike

Oh please, Estonia has sent a lot worse songs than bridges. Remember Leto Svet, anyone?

Ritoli
Ritoli
7 months ago

I hope for more ballads this year.. I need some for my playlist…

Dave
Dave
7 months ago

What’s the deadline for the Eurovision songs to be selected by do anyone know

Zisk
Zisk
7 months ago
Reply to  Dave

I believe it’s Sunday March 12th.

James
James
7 months ago

No doubt he is a great performer but he is not a great songwritter. After Arcade his career has been going nowhere unfortunately…And, as someone said, this photo makes me uneasy – him in the center, his bottom protégé on the left and this woman with short hair on the left…And he is not even performing…

Safiya
Safiya
7 months ago

I hate to hear that the artist is “finalizing” their Eurovision songs . Firstly, because it makes me think that it is going to be overproduced. Secondly, because no matter what else they say about the process of writing, it always makes me feel like writing it is difficult and painful to them. I feel that writing a song should go smoothly and be pretty quick. Please note that I am not a musical professional and writing a song probably is much more complicated than I realize. But to me the perfect situation is when an artist is writing a… Read more »

Benito Camelo
Benito Camelo
7 months ago

His words make me a bit uneasy. Don’t get me wrong, but I feel like it could be great indeed, or it could be a trainwreck à la Trijntje 2015

Pikachuuu
7 months ago
Reply to  Benito Camelo

Saying you want to win makes you feel uneasy? Strange

Ria NL
Ria NL
7 months ago

I am very curious to hear our entry
I hope it ‘s a great one

Esc addict / Shut up and watch my ...
Esc addict / Shut up and watch my ...
7 months ago

Intriguing….
But we are February 13th, and you need at least 17 days to finalize the song….that’s a big finalization….I see you Duncan 😉

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
7 months ago

I hope this is not another avrotros country club scenario like when they chose Trijntje Oosterhuis in 2015 because Anouk was the songwriter of ‘walk along’. I would pay money to listen to the songs they receive in the submission process.

Dani
Dani
7 months ago

I’m curious to hear what the song is like.
Idk if there’s Dutch people around on Wiwi, but on the ESC Reddit, there’s quite a few Dutch members who are hoping for a NQ “so Mia could get humbled”. Did she say something controversial that I missed?

Leendert Jan
Leendert Jan
7 months ago
Reply to  Dani

Well, it hasn’t been widely publicized because I have missed that too. I’ve mainly noticed a lot of silence surrounding them so far. But maybe there is another Dutch fan who is on Reddit and/or hasn’t missed it.

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
7 months ago
Reply to  Leendert Jan

Mia Nicolai has given a interview in the past about how the Netherlands is nothing for her, she never felt home here and how ‘fleeing’ the netherlands for USA was like the best thing ever. That doesn’t really rhyme with what some people envision when they think about an artist representing your country in eurovision. The second maybe even bigger thing is that she teased ‘a huge surprise for the future’ on her social media back in MARCH when the avrotros song submission process was still in full progress and after they got revealed as the Dutch act she confirmed… Read more »

Benito Camelo
Benito Camelo
7 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

Oh, I get it now. And that divorcee haircut isn’t doing her any favors either

Maria
Maria
7 months ago
Reply to  Benito Camelo

Said by someone without a decent profile pic.

Leendert Jan
Leendert Jan
7 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

Ah OK; yeah I missed that.

Maria
Maria
7 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

The Dutch broadcaster announced that the song will be released the first of march ??

Luke
Luke
7 months ago
Reply to  Dani

I think it’s because on a talk show a video was shown of her talking about how she doesn’t like The Netherlands and never wanted to be there, wanting to live in the USA, so it’s funny that she is representing Netherlands now, plus the whole internal selection was sketchy since a while ago she said there were exciting news 2 days after the internal selection started, they got together for esc specifically and said that they got selected because the song was great, although they didn’t have a song back then whatsoever, so it made it seem they got… Read more »

Maria
Maria
7 months ago
Reply to  Dani

It’s quite normal for the Dutch to dislike their eurovision song. It would surprise me if it was the other way around, Mia and Dion should take it as a compliment, because when there is a lot of rumor around the brand…

Jonas
Jonas
7 months ago

I don’t agree with Duncan’s attitude. I know he means well, but it’s not the right way to think. If he didn’t think they could win, he wouldn’t participate? Seems a bit ruthless, and gives very high expectations which come with pressure. Also planning and detailing every little movement and breath… not good. Music by itself should always be enough. If you come last, so be it. Learn from Jeangu. Learn from Sanremo. Much healthier.

Benito Camelo
Benito Camelo
7 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

What I loved about Jeangu is that you can tell that he had a blast at the ESC stage

Jake
Jake
7 months ago
Reply to  Benito Camelo

Jeangu’s biggest problem was that he represented his country on home soil and juries and televoters hardly ever reward just countries. He did quite well and was an admirable internal selection giving us a fresh take on a different side of Dutch culture and complicated history. He should always be proud of his wonderful performance.

Karl
Karl
7 months ago

Knowing Duncan Laurence is working on this means the entry will probably be in English. Ugh.

Polegend Godnova
7 months ago
Reply to  Karl

mia and dion’s discographies are in english so yea

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
7 months ago
Reply to  Karl

Croatia sings in Croatian and you still be complaining. How about we just send a good song instead of creating new pet peeves every year?

We want Sweden to send a song in Swedish but I have never seen a song in swedish be the fan favourite in melodifestivalen except for behöver inte dig idag

Benito Camelo
Benito Camelo
7 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

And it’s such a shame bc there’s been several great songs in Swedish recently. I’d love Bolaget or A36 to take part of Mello some day 🙂

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
7 months ago

While, I think it’s too soon for the Netherlands to win again with only a four year gap, i hope they send another good song again. I’d hate to see the miss out in the final for the first time since 2015. I also hope that the song has televote appeal to make it over.

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
7 months ago

It’s gonna be indie song I guess

Amar pelos dois
Amar pelos dois
7 months ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

I loved last year´s entry by S10 and the beautiful dutch language. Her album ist great too.