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Dutch commentator and selection jury member Jan Smit: “I hope we pick a DJ”

The commentator of the Eurovision Song Contest in The Netherlands, Jan Smit, has spoken about his hopes for Tel Aviv. The singer, who is also part of the selection committee which chooses the act, is hoping for a DJ to fly the Dutch flag.

“Nothing concrete”

During RTL Late Night, a talk show on Dutch television, Jan Smit spoke about the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv. After answering questions about his own possible participation, host Twan Huys asked Smit about the reveal of the Dutch artist. Surprisingly, Jan Smit replied by saying that nothing is concrete just yet. It seems the broadcaster has not taken any definite steps so far.

The answer Smit gave last night is similar to what he said six weeks ago. He then also said that no concrete steps had been taken, but he then also said the broadcaster was in discussions with several artists. We also know that rising star Davina Michelle is not among those in talks, despite being rumoured for a while.

A DJ to Eurovision?

Jan Smit also spoke out on his hopes for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. His aim for Tel Aviv is an act that could actually do well in European charts before the contest takes place. His solution to do that is sending a DJ to Eurovision. He also added that it doesn’t really matter which singer would join the DJ at Eurovision. Explaining his idea, he said:

We, in the Netherlands, have so many extraordinary DJs, who have already built quite a reputation internationally. When such people release a new track, no matter who it is, many radio stations across the world will put you on their playlists. That should give you a massive advantage. We should try that sometime.

Jan Smit at RTL Late Night

It is true that the Netherlands have a fair share of internationally respected DJs. In the DJMag Top 100 this year, five of the top ten actually come from the Netherlands. Martin Garrix even tops the list, with Hardwell, Armin van Buuren, Tiësto and Afrojack also among the ten best DJs of the world. Lower down the list, we also find Fedde Le Grand, Nicky Romero and Yellow Claw. Could one of these be heading to the Eurovision Song Contest? 

How would you feel about The Netherlands sending a DJ to the Eurovision Song Contest? Would it work out for them?

Nick van Lith

I'm one of the founding members of Eleven years after the start, I'm proud to say that I am now the Editor-in-Chief of this wonderful website. When I'm not doing Eurovision stuff, you should be able to find me teaching German to kids... And cheering on everything and everyone Greek, pretty much. Pame Ellada!

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