Nationaal Songfestival 2012 hijacked!

A few days ago, TROS announced the final candidates to compete in the Nationaal Songfestival. Here they are below:

  1. Tim Douwsa – Undercover Lover
  2. Kim De Boer – Children Of The World
  3. Ivan Peroti – Take Me As I Am
  4. Raffaella – Chocolatte
  5. Joan Franka – You And Me
  6. 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.

One Comment on “Nationaal Songfestival 2012 hijacked!”

  1. John says:

    On September 30 the TROS said there were 450 entries. Half November 2011, they said there were 491 entries. How comes?

    In December, TROS said that the selection procedure would take longer, because they were working on making songs suitable for certain artists and work on the choreography of these songs as well. In other words: early December the songs and artists were already selected, without informing the first 450 entries.

    During a TV interview last thursday, several of the selected candidates admitted that they did not send in an entry but only entered as a singer (without a song proposal) after John de Mol asked them to do so. And then the jury claims to be surprised that people believe this whole selection procedure is unfair.

    It is very unlikely that next year any artist not related to one of John de Mol’s TV shows will spend any effort and money into another entry, because the chances are very limited that John de Mol will select any artist who already has a contract with another company.

    I congratulate TROS with suggesting to 450 entries that they were cheated.

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