Olympic flame and dress to burn in Dutch final

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As Greece will be hosting this year's Eurovision Song Contest, Dutch 2005 representative Glennis Grace will carry an 'Olympic flame' into the venue for the Nationaal Songfestival. A former participant's dress will be burned, most likely to make the symbolic statement that the Netherlands is leaving its Eurovision Song Contest history behind to make a new, fresh start.

Three dresses are nominated to be burned, live on stage; the dress of Maribelle (1984), Heddy Lester (1977) and Alice Maywood (1990; actually, the group Maywood consisted of Alice May and Karen Wood (stagenames), who both wore de same dress). Through mooiweerdeleeuw.vara.nl people can vote. With 51%, Alice Maywood's dress is currently leading.

The Dutch final takes place this Sunday in Amsterdam's Heineken Music Hall. Maud, Treble and Behave will all sing three songs, a jury selects the best song of each contestant. The televoters can finally pick the winning song. The show will be streamed live on the web.

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