The Netherlands: AVROTROS kicks off the selection process for Eurovision 2022

The Netherlands: AVROTROS kicks off the selection process for Eurovision 2022
Monday, 24 May 2021

  • The Dutch broadcaster, AVROTROS, has kicked off the selection process in search of the nation's 2022 Eurovision representative. 

    It's not been more than two days since the lights have gone out in Rotterdam Ahoy and the Dutch national broadcaster has already launched the selection process for next year's Eurovision song contest in Italy. 

    AVROTROS has the ambition to want to remain successful on Europe's biggest music stage, the Eurovision Song Contest and is happy to share below the opportunity for artists / songwriters to get in touch with the broadcaster and its selection committee.  

    The selection committee aims for an entry with preferably a contemporary, but in any case authentic sound. A song that is able to survive in a competition. By a Dutch artist who can and wants to present a personal song in a distinctive way, in any genre, and if possible a personal story.


    The Selection Committee for Eurovision 2022

    • Eric van Stade
    • Cornald Maas
    • Jan Smit
    • Sander Lantinga
    • Coen Swijnenberg
    • Joyce Hoedelmans

    A song can be brought to the attention of the selection committee by sending it directly to the following email address:  The process will be supervised by Head of Delegation of the Netherlands, Lars Lourenco. Questions can also be shared via this email address.

    AVROTROS or the selection committee will not set up a trajectory (s) with an artist / songwriter to come to a (final) product. It is expected that a (demo) song of artist / songwriter with the above criteria will be brought to the attention of the selection committee at an advanced stage.

    Terms and Conditions

    • Song is convincingly distinctive and meets the above description
    • More than one song? Send a maximum of the 3 best songs, considered convincingly fitting for the Eurovision Song Contest.
    • Song has not been (commercially) released before September 1, 2021
    • Final date of submission is 31st August 2021


    The Netherlands hosted this year's contest organising a Eurovision Song Contest in the best way, taking in mind the extraordinary circumstances of the pandemic and providing the viewers three spectacular live shows which ended up in Italy's Maneskin victory. 


    The Netherlands in Eurovision

    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 was set to take place in Rotterdam  after Duncan Lawrence’s Eurovision 2019 victory in Tel Aviv, with Jeangu Macrooy set to perform 'Grow" for the country. However the contest was cancelled due to the covid-19 pandemic and never had the chance to perform on home soil

    This year Rotterdam made it happen with the host nation being represented by last year's hopeful, Jeangu Macrooy who sang 'Birth of a new age' which finished 23rd in the overall score with only 11 points. 


    News Source: AVROTROS

    Image: / THOMAS HANSES