Picture: AVROTROS

For several years, Dutch television editor Twan van de Nieuwenhuijzen was a force to reckoned with inside the Eurovision world. The four-time Head of Contest became the Netherlands’ head of delegation last year as a way to shuffle the Dutch team. However, after one season, he has decided it’s time to go.

On his Instagram, Twan shared a picture he took in front of the NOS building in Hilversum ahead of Eurovision 2020. He wrote: 

“This picture from 2019 is going to be very current again. From mid August, I’m going to work as a deputy editor at NOS Events! Working with well-known faces and new colleagues on (live) programmes about national events, remembrances and celebrations. After 5 years at Eurovision Song Contest, this chance came onto my path at the right moment. Looking forward to it!”

 
 
 
 
 
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Twan van de Nieuwenhuijzen had a short but turbulent tenure as the Netherlands’ Head of Delegation. Following the non-qualification of Mia Nicolai & Dion Cooper in 2023, he was tasked to bring the Benelux country back into the final again. 

No upcoming Head of Delegation vacancy

That mission initially looked set to be achieved. With Joost Klein one of the favourites for a high position at Eurovision 2024, it seemed that the Netherlands could potentially secure its best result since Duncan Laurence’s victory. However, Joost did not make it to the final as his entry was disqualified following an incident behind the scenes

Ever since, Dutch broadcaster AVROTROS has been unclear about their Eurovision 2025 ambitions. Speaking to AD, a spokesperson from the broadcaster confirmed that they are still having talks about a possible participation next year. As a result, the vacancy for the next Head of Delegation is to be filled at a later stage.

Are you surprised at Twan van de Nieuwenhuijzen’s departure? Do you expect the Netherlands to take part at Eurovision 2025? Let us know in the comments down below!

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Karl
Karl
12 days ago

Will he be the new Contest Director who Martin Osterdahl will respond to?

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
15 days ago

I think the Netherlands participation is going to pend on the outcomes of both investigation/trial of Joost Klein and the investigation of the 2024 contest itself. If the outcomes come out favorable , they might return, but if they’re not, 2025 could be the fifth contest without the Netherlands. They didn’t participate in the 1985 and 1991 contests because the dates clashed with their memorial day remembrance of the dead on May 4, and they were relegated from the 1995 and 2002 contest due to poor results the year before.

Sebas
Sebas
15 days ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

Would be the first year then of voluntary non-participation. I’m not counting May 4th contests, cuz participating on those dates is just not possible so it wouldn’t be voluntary.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
15 days ago

we don’t need a HoD if we don’t participate so

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
15 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

we support Switzerland next year, good luck with hosting this contest our beloved Schweiz!

Alex
Alex
16 days ago

Got the popcorn ready.