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Burning daylight in the Netherlands: Mia Nicolai & Dion Cooper are just human

03 May 2023 at 20:02 CEST
Mia Nicolai and Dion Cooper from the Netherlands in the Eurovision 2023 studio Corinne Cumming / EBU
Goodbye old life, Mia Nicolai & Dion Cooper are firing up the Eurovision 2023 stage with their song ‘Burning Daylight,’ as they represent the Netherlands in Liverpool.
Mia Nicolai & Dion Cooper rehearsing Burning Daylight for Netherlands at the Second Rehearsal of the First Semi-Final at Liverpool Arena
Chloe Hashemi / EBU

Forget “all to zero”, the two singers were busy living their own successful lives when everything ramped up further. Eurovision Arcade legend Duncan Lawrence and songwriter Jordan Garfield spotted this pair’s potential and brought them together. The four of them wrote their Eurovision entry, and Burning Daylight dazzled the Dutch selection committee so much that picking them was a unanimous decision. Mia and Dion were sent off to Liverpool, ready for a new chapter.

Luckily, there was no “trying to get on my feet in time” for Mia and Dion at their first rehearsal in Liverpool. They sent sparks flying on the stage on Monday 1 May, and filled every heart in that arena. The performance is book-ended by a rotating plinth below and a plethora of powerful spotlights above. They might claim to be just human, but these two are seeming more like superstars right now.

Mia Nicolai & Dion Cooper rehearsing Burning Daylight for Netherlands at the First Rehearsal of the First Semi-Final at Liverpool Arena Corinne Cumming / EBU

The official Eurovision Live Blog was in prime position for Mia and Dion’s first rehearsal. They noted: "It's a complex camera set-up that makes the whole performance feel really intimate - if you're watching live in the arena next week, you should definitely watch the video version too, because it presents a completely different perspective."

Mia and Dion are both well prepared for their stay in the United Kingdom. Mia lived in London for two years, and while she’s in Liverpool, she’s hoping she might meet Harry Styles - and yes, she’d like to marry Harry. Dion is just as prepared, because he knows that the proper way of drinking tea is with milk. Correct.

Mia is hugely inspired by David Bowie, while Dion draws from a mix of styles. He describes his preference for music as Bryan Adams meets Harry Styles (did you hear that Mia?). It sounds like the Dutch pair might be found burning daylight by listening to Starman, (Everything I Do) I Do It For You, and Watermelon Sugar.

You can learn more about Mia Nicolai & Dion Cooper from the Netherlands right here.

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