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Dutch acts revealed by TROS

05 January 2012 at 13:11 CET

Via press conference and Twitter, the Dutch broadcaster TROS has just revealed the names of the six acts who will compete to represent the Netherlands at the Eurovision Song Contest in Baku in May.

After a series of disappointing results, broadcaster TROS decided to employ the creator of Big Brother, John de Mol to preside over their 2012 national selection. With it, an open selection will take place for the first time for a number of years on the 26th of February.

The open selection involved artists submitting music, lyrics, text or a mixture thereof to a huge suitcase erected outside the offices of TROS in Hilversum. From here the work began to piece the 6 songs and acts together, which were revealed today.

Here are the details of who will take part in the 2012 edition of Nationaal Songfestival:


Artist: Raffaëla Paton

Music & Lyrics: Jan Rooymans, Chris Silos

You And Me

Artist: Joan Franka

Music & Lyrics: Joan Franka & Jessica Hogeboom

Take Me As I Am

Artist: Ivan Peroti

Music & Lyrics: Alain Clark, Steve Diamond, Ben Caver

We can overcome

Artist: Pearl Jozefzoon

Music & Lyrics: Gordon Groothedde

Undercover Lover

Artist: Tim Douwsma

Music & Lyrics: Bruce R.F. Smith, Michel van der Zanden

Children of the World

Aritst: Kim de Boer

Music & Lyrics: Martijn Schimmer

Immediately after the announcement #songfestival and TimDouwsma trended worldwide on Twitter.

Stay tuned for further news of the Nationaal Songfestival, which will be presented by Jan Smit on the 26th of February.