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Thursday, 16 February 2012 17:32

The Netherlands: The Stakes are Running High

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The Dutch are also aiming for the best representative with the hope of sailing through to the finals next May. The last time, The Netherlands had been in the final was back in 2004 where the duet “Without You” finished in a disappointing 21st in the final night.

This year’s winner is to be decided by a 50% stake, meaning; 50% in the judges’ hands and another 50% tele-voting. The 5 judges have been revealed and these consist:

• Carlo Boszhard (TV personality, singer, impersonator and host)

• Ali B (rapper)

• Afrojack (Dj)

• Stacey Rookhuizen (entrepreneur and presenter)

• Jeroen Nieuwenhuize (radio DJ)

The 6 acts which will be competing against each other with the hope of getting the right to represent The Netherlands in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest held in Baku are:

01. Raffaella - Chocolatte (Jan Rooymans, Chris Silos)

02. Pearl Jozefzoon - We can overcome (Gordon Groothedde, Curtis Richardson)

03. Joan Franka - You and me (Joan Franka, Jessica Hogeboom)

04. Ivan Peroti - Take me as I am (Alain Clark, Steve Diamond, Ben Caver)

05. Kim de Boer - Children of the world (Martijn Schimmer)

06. Tim Douwsma - Undercover lover (Bruce R. F. Smith, Michel van der Zanden)

The Dutch Nationaal Songfestival is about to take place on the 26th of February and is shaping its competition in the form of 3 ‘duels’. A duel is another term for a knock-out. One song competes against another one, and the one which gets the highest mark, makes it through to the super-final. The superfinal will end up with 3 songs where the 50% stake will pick up the winner. It is to be noted that just like Malta, The Netherland will be competing in the first half of the second semifinal.

Source: TROS