More than 600 songs compete for Dutch Eurovision place

This year's Dutch performance. Photo: arah Louise Bennett EBU

A record 600 plus possible Dutch entries for next year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Malmo have been submitted to the Avrotros selection committee.

The deadline for entries was last weekend and most are English language songs, Avrotros said. Around 100 are in Dutch but there are also entries with French, Arabic, Turkish, Spanish and Italian texts.

The selection committee will now study all 600 entries and come up with winner before the end of the year.

This year’s entry by novices Mia Nicolai and Dion Cooper stranded in the semi-finals, despite being partly rewritten with just days to go before the contest.

The problems led Avrotros to widen the selection committee and to accept songs without a designated artist. But they again rejected calls for a national song contest.

The Netherlands last won the contest in 2019, when Duncan Laurence took the top spot with Arcade.

The semi-finals for next year’s event take place on May 7 and 9, with the grand final on May 11.

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