Tonight: Dutch seek their voice for Baku
Tonight, six talented acts will battle it out for the right to represent the Netherlands in Baku in May. Who that person will be, we'll find out later today.
Tonight there are six artists taking part in three duels after which a super final will be held. From here there acts will battle it out for the big prize.
The six artists who will participate are:
- Joan Franka - You And Me
- Raffaëla - Chocolatte
- Kim de Boer - Children Of The World
- Ivan Peroti - Take Me As I Am
- Pearl Jozefzoon - We Can Overcome
- Tim Douwsma - Undercover Lover
A couple of weeks ago we spoke to all the Dutch artists to hear their thoughts about their participation in Nationaal Songfestival 2012.
Three duels and a final to decide the outcome
TROS have previously announced that the format of Nationaal Songfestival 2012 will include a series of three duels after which three finalists will be found.
These finalists will then compete against each other for the ultimate prize of representing the Netherlands in Baku on the 24th of May.
Ruth Jacott, the Dutch representative from 1993 (and aunt to one of the participants, Raffäela) made the draw for the duels, which will look as follows:
Joan Franka vs Raffaëla Paton
Kim de Boer vs Ivan Peroti
Pearl Jozefzoon vs Tim Douwsma
The result will be determined by a 50:50 split of jury and televotes in all stages of the competition. There is will also be an advisory panel of international judges in the studio on Sunday night.
Nationaal Songfestival 2012 kicks off at 20:20 CET on Sunday and will be broadcast LIVE right here on Eurovision.tv.