Joan to be the voice of the Netherlands in Baku

Joan to be the voice of the Netherlands in Baku
Joan Franka. Photo: Marieke Duijts (EBU)
Hilversum, the Netherlands -

Tonight in the 2012 edition of Nationaal Songfestival, six acts took part in three duels, which ended up with an exciting super final, where it was decided that Joan will represent the Netherlands with You And Me in Baku.

The Netherlands have had a bit of a rough recent history in the Eurovision Song Contest but this year they want to change that and employed a completely different format to decide their representative.

Broadcaster TROS together with world famous producer John de Mol came together to create a show with six outstanding and varied acts. However at the end of the day only one act could win and that was the lady in the native American costume, Joan, with the song You And Me. She will now represent the Netherlands in the second Semi-Final of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest, which will be held in Baku on the 24th of May.


Three duels where the artists pulled out all the stops

As mentioned, the six acts were split into three duels where one act from each duel progressed to a super final. These duels were (qualifiers in bold):

Duel 1

- Tim - Undercover Lover

- Pearl - I Can Overcome

Duel 2

- Joan - You And Me - WINNER

- Raffaëla - Chocolatte

Duel 3

- Kim - Children Of The World

- Ivan - Take Me As I Am

The voting was a 50:50 mix of tele voting and expert jury voting. There was also an international jury present in the studio purely in an advisory capacity. It was interesting to see how their "votes" compared to those of the public and expert juries.

John De Mol to help produce the stage show for Baku

After the show, spoke to the creator of Big Brother and one of the biggest TV producers in the World. He told us that he will have a role in helping to prepare the Dutch entry for the stage in the Baku Crystal Hall to make sure that the lighting and effects are just right to help maximise Joan's potential of winning.

He also told us that as far as the format for Nationaal Songfestival goes, he thought it was a big success with the three duels creating maximum suspense throughout the show. He also says that he hopes TROS will reuse the same format in 2013. were in Hilversum to cover the final so watch out for further pictures and videos from this year's edition of Nationaal Songfestival. We spoke to amongst others John de Mol and Sienke (Dutch entry from 2010). We also dominated the winner's press conference with questions to the winner Joan, so make sure you watch out for that soon!

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  • Posted on 10 April 2012 at 22:11
    depends on the mood on stage - first its a little bit square cheesy but after 2 minutes i got it stuck in my head :O) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13 March 2012 at 23:20
    I'll keep on sayin'it ;

    This will have an outstanding chance this year !

    For me it's got all the ingredients , and far more important , it makes me happy !
    What about the UK this year ?
    Or Israel for that matter ! ! !

    My top 5 for now (there won't be much in between anymore)

    1- The Netherlands (it's got everything if you just dare to listen to it )
    2- Sweden
    3- Cyprus
    4- Slovenia
    5- Norway

    . . . . . . ? ? ? Israel ( guess we won't make the finals this year )

    Shalom , see you next year , l'hitraot report to the moderator
  • Posted on 12 March 2012 at 20:50
    An interesting song, but without the winning spirit. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 9 March 2012 at 14:07
    I just saw one man band aid from slovenia, it mad me laugh :)

    I first thought that is their chance, but than i checked and it's really beautiful Eva

    you need to hear it,
    my top three report to the moderator
  • Posted on 2 March 2012 at 05:27
    This song really catchy and cheerful.....i love the customes that Joan wore especially the hat...
    I hope that this song will qualify to the final and win....Good Luck Joan!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 1 March 2012 at 17:07

    So basically the song "you and me" is about her childhood sweetheart? I hope Joan goes through to the finals as I love to see u guys for the first time in 7 years report to the moderator
  • Posted on 1 March 2012 at 13:11

    The song goes about her youth, that she was in love with her little boyfriend when they played cowboy and indian, and now she grown up ,she stills remember that time and also her love. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 29 February 2012 at 23:35
    Whats with the idiana outfit? report to the moderator
  • Posted on 29 February 2012 at 14:41
    I have my doubts that we will reach the final after seven years bad luck.

    The performance is now kinda 'Sieneke meets Treble'. It would be better if Joan loses her Indiana and Treble. Instead there should be two children (as indians) reenacting the story of the song. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 29 February 2012 at 14:11
    So happy that other country's like this song! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 29 February 2012 at 00:09
    Can't believe that other countries more and more like our song. Joan's video is watched 250.000 times on Youtube. That's equal to Cyprus'(and that's uploaded a month ago) video.

    Would there be a final for us after 7 years? report to the moderator
  • Posted on 28 February 2012 at 20:51
  • Posted on 28 February 2012 at 20:43
    Nice to see a lot of positive reactions from other countries. Please vote us to the finals, it has been too long! =) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 28 February 2012 at 20:10
    As you've been reading it shouldn't be a sursprise to you all that I fell in love with this song.
    It ticks all my boxes and fills me up with an enormous feeling of happyness and joy.

    Much , much better than , for instance , Israel or Germany for that matter .

    So for me right now it's The Netherlands that will rule Europe this year .
    See you in Amsterdam next year .

    Erev tov report to the moderator
  • Posted on 28 February 2012 at 19:45
    Now that the most of Europe is really positive about your song and even other parts of the world ; why can most of the dutch not beleive in the fact that with Joan you really have THE REAL THING goin' on for you . It wouldn't surprise me if she would be the one ending up as the VICTORIAN .
    She obviously believes in her song , her act , her performance , why can't the dutch do the same ? ? ?

    This year : THE NETHERLAND 12 POINTS

    shalom report to the moderator