The Netherlands: AVROTROS kicks off internal selection process to seek for the 2020 Eurovision act
The host country of Eurovision 2020 will select its act that will perform on home soil next May in Eurovision through an internal selection.
The Dutch broadcaster AVROTROS has began its search for the act that will represent the host nation on home soil in the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest, set to tae place next May in Rotterdam. And as they say you don’t change a successful recipe, as The Netherland have managed to reach the final with their internally selected acts six time the last seven year. Duncan Laurence‘s victory in Tel Aviv is the latest results that the Dutch broadcaster must have been doing something right to have been achieving such results.
In order to go forwad with the internal process AVROTROS will form a special six member committee that will determine the country’s next representative. The committee will be mad up from :
- Eric van Stade (AVROTROS General Director),
- Cornald Maas ( ESC Commentator/Expert)
- Jan Smit ( ESC Commentator/Singer)
and the three new members:
- Coen Swijnenberg (Radio DJ)
- Sander Lantinga (Radio DJ)
- Joyce Hoedelmans (Head of the Online Eurovision Song Contest)
THE STORY SO FAR
The Netherlands has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 60 times since making its debut as one of the seven countries at the first contest in 1956, and has missed only four contests so far (1985, 1991, 1995 and 2002).
The Netherlands has won the contest four times, with Corry Brokken in 1957, Teddy Scholten in 1959, Lenny Kuhr in a four-way tie in 1969 and Teach-In in 1975, The country has achieved some remarkable results in the past finishing 4th with Sandra & Andres (1972), 3rd with Mouth & MacNeal (1974), 5th with Maggie MacNeal (1980), 5th with Marcha (1987) and fourth with Edsilia Rombley (1998). Its worst results were in 1958, 1962, 1963, 1968, when it finished last and in 2011 when ending up last in the semifinal.
Eurovision 2020 will take place in Rotterdam next May after Duncan Lawrence’s victory in Tel Aviv last May. Lets remember Duncan’s epic performance that brough the Eurovision trophy to Dutch soil.