Nationaal Songfestival 2012 hijacked!Posted: January 8, 2012
A few days ago, TROS announced the final candidates to compete in the Nationaal Songfestival. Here they are below:
- Tim Douwsa – Undercover Lover
- Kim De Boer – Children Of The World
- Ivan Peroti – Take Me As I Am
- Raffaella – Chocolatte
- Joan Franka – You And Me
- Pearl Jozefzoon – We Can Overcome
As you can see, five of the six candidates are straight out John de Mol’s own show ‘The Voice Of Holland’, the other is from a TROS show.
What happened to all the other amazing entries sent in? Where is Jeronimo’s Sacrifice? Or Tao Hypah’s Play The Girl? Or Brandi Russell’s Drug Of Oblivion? These are all fantastic songs that should have been awarded a place. We expected a few of de Mol’s acts to make the cut but not have all the slots taken up by them.
At-least we’re not the only ones to think so, as this issue is even being taken up at Dutch parliament by Socialist party MP Jasper van Dijk, who has been quoted as saying “This is a John de Mol party, not a party for everyone”.
It’s a crying shame as The Netherlands had the chance to stage one of the most exciting national finals of the season and have a song that will stand a chance at the Eurovision Song Contest.
The only way TROS can redeem themselves is if all the songs turn out to be amazing. Or else we will know that the whole thing is a rigged, political affair that is grossly unfair to all the other artists and composers who must have spent considerable amount of time preparing their entries.