Radio presenter Daniël Dekker was one of the driving forces behind the Netherlands’ Eurovision success throughout the 2010s. A highly active member of the Dutch selection committee, he helped choose acts and later helped steer them to the final — and up the scoreboard.
After winning the contest in 2019, he stepped down from his position. Now, he has stepped back into the arena to critique AVROTROS and its selection process for Eurovision 2023.
Speaking to Story magazine, Daniël aired his disappointment in the Dutch result this year.
“In my time, it would have been unthinkable that those same artists would only perform at a pre-party, like in Barcelona, for the first time. We knew that artists as Anouk, Waylon, Ilse DeLange and Trijntje Oosterhuis could sing. But you also want to hear them perform the song. And with Duncan, who was less known to us, I went into the studio. Ilse, who mentored him, was there too. When I heard him sing “Arcade”, I knew that it was good. More than good.”
He told the magazine that he doubted whether he would watch the contest at all this year. After all, he had been annoyed by the selection process and the way the Dutch media had carried out a hate campaign against the Dutch duo Mia Nicolai and Dion Cooper. He said:
“What has happened now, should never happen again. Not just for the Netherlands, but for those same artists. They did this to Mia and Dion and exactly that, I find it very sad.”
Ever since Eurovision, Mia Nicolai and Dion Cooper have had to deal with fierce critiques of their participation in the contest. They were the first Dutch act to fail to qualify for the final in almost a decade.
As a result of their non-qualification, AVROTROS has yet to decide on their method of selecting the Dutch entrant for Eurovision 2024. The Dutch broadcaster have said that they first have to “evaluate” the result before opening a submission window again as they did in recent years.
What do you think about Daniël Dekker’s comments? How do you think AVROTROS can improve on their result? Let us know in the comments down below!