Back in May, Dutch broadcaster AVROTROS confirmed that The Netherlands would participate in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. However, today more news came to light with Dutch website Omroep Brabant revealing that AVROTROS are due to announce the artist that will represent the country in Kyiv as quickly as “early October“.
This isn’t beyond the realms of possibility as since The Netherlands began selecting their entries internally back in 2013, their artist announcements have all occurred around this time of year. Anouk was revealed as their 2013 representative in October 2012, The Common Linnets and Trijntje Oosterhuis were revealed as their 2014 and 2015 representatives In November 2013 and 2014 respectively and Douwe Bob was confirmed as the 2016 Dutch representative back in September 2015. This change in selection process has been a massive success for the country scoring a 2nd place, 9th place and 11th place finish since the change was put in place. Prior to this, The Netherlands had suffered eight consecutive non-qualifications.
Daniel Dekker, the man in charge of the Eurovision team at AVROTROS, revealed to Omroep Brabant that the decision for 2017 has been different compared to recent years:
“[This time] we have the luxury that we can choose from several great artists. We can make a strategic choice.”
The Dutch website also discusses the likelihood of three-piece girl group O’G3NE being selected. The former Junior Eurovision competitors have been rumoured as potential Eurovision representatives ever since their victory in The Voice of Holland in December 2014. Over the past few months, these rumours have been stronger than ever before although O’G3NE admitted earlier this summer that they were yet to be contacted by AVROTROS. The website claims that the broadcaster does believe selecting O’G3NE would have benefits, a key one being that they have experienced Junior Eurovision before and that such an experience would “work to their advantage”.
Do you think O’G3NE would be a good choice to represent The Netherlands in 2017, or do you have your own suggestions? Let us know in the comments below!