Picture: Sarah Louise Bennett (EBU)

Amsterdam native by birth and Los Angeles resident by choice, Mia Nicolai has become perhaps one of the most-discussed singers in the Netherlands this year. Last month, she and Dion Cooper represented their country at Eurovision and unfortunately crashed out of the semi-final. However, Mia is now ready for something new.

Back in March, the Dutch duo told us in a closed Google Meet interview that they were going to part ways after the contest. Both Mia and Dion had plans for solo careers in the making.

Mia has recently announced her first headline solo concert to take part in Amsterdam’s Melkweg venue. Next to that, she will be releasing a new single. By following her on Instagram, you can make out that Mia is currently spending a lot of time in the studio.

As she embarks on new projects, Mia is hoping it can be the start of a new chapter in her career.

Following a new wave of recent criticism on the Dutch effort in Liverpool, Mia uploaded a statement on Instagram in which she asked people “to leave Eurovision behind them”:

“How I look back [at Eurovision] is that it really was the most educative period of my life until now. Both positively and negatively. I am a real fighter and partially thanks to my partner in crime Dion and the way how we got through it, I have taken enormous power from it and as a result, I could give everything I had in Liverpool at that very moment. And of course, it was sad that my childhood dream of being in the final didn’t materialise. But I am not going to stop doing things and I am going to build towards other dreams with full energy!”

“I hope that everyone can leave Eurovision behind them again and that you can look forward! I hope to see you at the Melkweg and I can tell a secret already: take your dance shoes, because we will make a party of it!”

 
 
 
 
 
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The Netherlands at Eurovision 2024

Dutch broadcaster AVROTROS has confirmed they are taking part in the contest next year in Sweden. However, unlike the recent few years, they haven’t opened their submission window yet. Instead, the television executives will first “evaluate” the result from the 2023 contest. 

In essence, this could mean they might change their selection method. Ever since the spring of this year, the broadcaster has been put under public pressure to organise a national final. AVROTROS and its predecessors have not used such a selection ever since 2012, when the public chose Joan Franka. 

Meanwhile, several acts have said they want to participate in Eurovision. Kris Kross Amsterdam stated they wanted to create a song for popular songstress Davina Michelle, while the group Goldband have also shown interest. And speaking of the devil: Mia Nicolai also wants to go again

Are you excited for Mia Nicolai’s new material? Do you want to see her return to Eurovision? Or who else do you want to see represent the Netherlands in 2024? Let us know in the comments down below!

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Karl
Karl
11 months ago

If she had done well, she wouldn’t be asking us Eurofans to leave Eurovision behind us. A bit hypocritical, don’t you think?

Yuarith
Yuarith
11 months ago
Reply to  Karl

What else do you want her to say? She’s been bullied bc of it and she deserves to be able to move on

Aksel Kankaanranta's exboyfriend
Aksel Kankaanranta's exboyfriend
1 year ago

What do y’all really want her to say when y’all bullied her and looking back at this comment section Y’ALL STILL BULLYING HER?!

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
1 year ago

be proud of this experience Mia, that NQ result is only a statistic, at least she had the chance to perform on the most famous stage in the world

i don’t like her reaction now like, leave this behind her and forget about it, more like coming across as too much of a spoiled rich girl ”not getting what she wants”

Burning Daylight is a lovely ballad still, just a shame it didn’t appeal too well to the televoters (with juries we would have qualified i think)

Antananarivo
Antananarivo
1 year ago

Merol mit einem Song in Niederländisch (so wie “Applaus”) wäre fantastisch !

claude
claude
1 year ago
Reply to  Antananarivo

Oh, ich liebe Merol!! Wenn sie beim Eurovision Song Contest dabei wäre, wäre das fantastisch

Antananarivo
Antananarivo
1 year ago
Reply to  claude

Rumours said that she was second in this year´s internal selection…..

Hasan
Hasan
1 year ago
Reply to  Antananarivo

Why was Merol second? With all due respect, she cannot be worse singer than Mia and Dion.

DutchTurkk
DutchTurkk
11 months ago
Reply to  Hasan

I think she isn’t. To be honest, I don’t like most of Merol’s songs, but “Applaus” sounds really promising. It would’ve been nice to have a Dutch-language song for a second year in a row tho…

Nils
Nils
1 year ago

It’s sad her Eurovision experience wasn’t very pleasant.

MoGu
MoGu
1 year ago

https://youtu.be/OWDrdJh1L5E If she feels she has to leave Eurovision behind, that’s her decision and is to be respected. But to tell others to do the same thing is not right, actually it is upsetting. I love the original idea behind the contest, to bring people of all nations together to unite us and celebrate with music. It is more than a one off event, it’s a treasured institution. Anyone that is selected to enter is privileged and should be proud to do so. There is no guarantee to qualify for the Grand Final apart from the big 5. I hate… Read more »

MoGu
MoGu
1 year ago
Reply to  MoGu

https://youtu.be/OWDrdJh1L5E

Voyager – Te Deum

Alex
Alex
1 year ago
Reply to  MoGu

See my comment below – this is an ungenerous interpretation of what she’s saying. She almost certainly means asking people to leave the *result* behind them, not asking people to stop following the contest. That’s the reason she uses the word “again” – once each year’s contest ends, we move on to whatever’s next. Indeed that includes the contest next year, but until then she has other stuff she’s doing too. That’s all she’s saying.

Dida
Dida
1 year ago

From my point of view they deserved qualifying, instead that Croatia attrocity. But this is ESC, not all the best pass the semifinal, unfortunately…

Rambo Amadeus
Rambo Amadeus
1 year ago
Reply to  Dida

Croatia had objectively one of the most interesting entries of the year, so they fully deserved to at least qualify.

san
san
1 year ago
Reply to  Rambo Amadeus

it was just a joke

Anna Karenina
Anna Karenina
1 year ago

I wish Mia much success, but no, we’re not going to leave Eurovision behind us. We’re Eurovision fans first and foremost and that’s how we were introduced to you. You can leave it behind you, if you want, but don’t tell Eurovision fans to leave Eurovision behind them. Gee.

Alex
Alex
1 year ago
Reply to  Anna Karenina

That’s a rather ungenerous interpretation of what she’s saying. I think it’s pretty clear that she’s asking folks to leave the Eurovision *result* behind after the difficulty Mia and Dion had with the song, not telling fans to stop following the contest. There’s legit no context in what she’s saying for the latter interpretation.

ab23
ab23
1 year ago

And people wonder why this song didn’t work. Two people singing a ‘heartfelt’ duo, with zero chemistry… and I mean, the fact they were just slapped together for the song, it really did show.

ANDREW BROWN
ANDREW BROWN
1 year ago

I wish her good luck for the future but please ditch those silly strands of hair.

ab23
ab23
1 year ago
Reply to  ANDREW BROWN

100 percent lol

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 year ago

It’s unfortunate to see the Netherlands crash out for the first time in eight years, but I hope they can pick themselves up next year.

Leendert Jan
Leendert Jan
1 year ago

Glad to see that she’s moving on. I felt sad for the way that they were thrown under the bus.
I hope that AVROTROS will learn to be a bit less complacent but not throw out the system which has undeniably worked better than the previous system. But yes we could do with a song which is slightly less depressing.

Jofty
Jofty
1 year ago
Reply to  Leendert Jan

I feel sorry for her/them. They must feel like they have committed a crime. And let’s face it, there were far bigger “crimes” in SF1.

Pauly
Pauly
1 year ago

Good luck Mia! Yes, it wasn’t the right song and it shouldn’t have been a duet but i hope she sees it as a positive experience. I hope ESC fans support her and attend her show.

I hope the Dutch committee changes their mentality and no more sad songs please.

Matthew
Matthew
1 year ago

You aren’t going to nail it every year, Netherlands have a system that pretty undeniably works. Whilst they should use this year as a lesson, because there were errors, they shouldn’t ignore 2013-2022. Whilst they do work for some nations, I hope they don’t cave and do a National final, not because I think it would send them back to pre-2013 quality, it could even have some very good acts, but it just doesn’t justify throwing the whole book out.

Andy
Andy
1 year ago

Wow i can imagine how big Davina Michelle in Eurovision would be.. Her ”Sweet Water” performance in Eurovision 2021 was easily a Top3 performance

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
1 year ago
Reply to  Andy

Birth of a New Age was in my personal top 3, i personally loved us sharing the Sranan Tongo language and the surinamese culture too in this show <3

and Jeangu had negative effect afterwards but he has picked himself back up and he is currently going to play the lead role as Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar musical (our version of Joop van den Ende that is)

Davina at Eurovision idk, have u heard her singing our national anthem at the zandvoort formula 1 grand prix lmao, so offkey she was there