The rumour mill is spinning wildly in the Netherlands, as broadcaster AVROTROS has admitted that they will reveal the Eurovision 2018 candidate within the coming weeks.
According to various sources, including newspaper Metro, Dutch broadcaster AVROTROS has made its choice. However, the broadcaster is remaining secretive, stating that they have narrowed the shortlisted candidates down, and will make a definitive decision in due course, probably revealing the 2018 Eurovision representative within a month, most likely in mid-November.
Who could it be?
Sources also claim that on top of the list is young artist Maan de Steenwinkel, winner of The Voice Of Holland season 6.
Maan (her real name, it means “moon” in Dutch) has been diligently working on her musical career since winning The Voice, releasing various successful singles. She is considered to be a promising artist, and recently participated in the show De Beste Zangers Van Nederland (The Best Singers Of The Netherlands) – incidentally a AVROTROS production, and also the show in which OG3NE participated before being chosen for Eurovision 2017.
Maan’s releases include Perfect world, produced by popular DJ Hardwell, Ride it, and her latest single Pockets full of change:
Besides Maan, another name that is mentioned is that of The Voice season 7 winner, Pleun Bierbooms. Pleun, who was part of team Waylon (The Common Linnets, Eurovision 2014) is also an upcoming artist. Her first single, I miss you, was co-written by Anouk (Eurovision 2013):
Note that both Maan and Pleun, and their respective managements, have as yet denied any involvement in Eurovision 2018.
According to rumours, Waylon and Romy Monteiro (also a former The Voice-participant, musical star and presenter for AVROTROS) declined a Eurovision 2018 participation, and artist Dotan cannot participate due to concerts in May 2018.
Other names that are mentioned include Alain Clarke (already a potential candidate in 2015), Ilse DeLange (The Common Linnets), Boris, Eva Simons and Sharon Doorson, among others.
We will very likely know who will represent the Netherlands at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal, within the coming weeks.