ESCplus also has a Spanish language Eurovision blog, and as we know Spanish-speaking countries do like their fair share of melancholia, at least more than countries in the north. The Netherlands has sent many melancholic songs to the Eurovision Song Contest over the years. Why is that? Do you have an explanation for that?
It is good that you have an explanation for all the Dutch melancholia in Eurovision, but as long as it serves us in the contest, we should be cool with it, right!
Both of you, Mia and Dion, have quite the social media presence, so talking about emotions, even the difficult ones, do you read the comments of the Eurovision fans online? And if so, what do you think of these comments?
Absolutely great that you have that support system in place, and that your parents try to block you from harm when it comes down to Eurovision, and let’s be honest, there is no better refuge from harm than with your own parents.
Talking about the public eye, can we expect like a grand live performance of the both of you before Eurovision takes place, for example, in a Dutch TV show? S10 did this last year with her song, “de Diepte”, she performed it live during a grand performance in a popular Dutch TV show (the performance with the red lasers and a live band in a Dutch TV show called “Matthijs Draait door”.)
Ok, so we just have to wait and see, and you know anticipation is killing us, but absence of information makes the heart grow fonder, let’s just leave it at that, right?!
So, you learned that it is not good to immediately give all information at once when it comes down to Eurovision, what else did you learn from your Eurovision experience up to now?
Mia: “I learned that I need to trust the process, and that there is a flow and a way of going about things that you can either do rapidly or you can take your time, and you need to put trust in the situation that it will all come together, which in the end comes down to trusting the process.”
Dion: “There is nothing really that I can add to Mia’s answer, because it is true, you need to have faith that it will all come together. We have a great team behind us that helps us a great deal, we have a recent winner, Duncan Laurence (2019), and his fiancé, that know a lot about the industry and how Eurovision works, so we put trust in this team and in ourselves, and there is really nothing more that we can do. We need to trust the process.”
Cool, we are totally here for the Eurovision ride of you guys, and of course we hope that the process will turn out just great.
Talking about the process, and keeping faith, what are the first memories of Eurovision of the both of you, and was competing in Eurovision a dream come true for you both?
Mia: “My first memories of Eurovision date back to 2009, when Alexander Rybak won the contest in Moscow with the song “Fairytale”. I was so mesmerized by his performance, and immediately started googling him, because I wanted to know all there was to know about him. In 2009 I watched the contest together with my best friend, who I know since I was four years young, and when I was asked to compete in the contest last year, my best friend just stared at me for quite a while, totally flabbergasted that I was going to be in the competition that stole my heart 14 years ago.”
Dion: “At my parents’ there was always a lot of music, on the radio, records would be played, there would be music on television, and the Eurovision Song Contest was just one of those events that we would watch and loved. I do not necessarily have one song that absolutely did it for me, there are more, but just that feeling of togetherness, is what my first memories about Eurovision are.”
Mia and Dion, thank you so much for answering these questions. We can see that a lot of thought and care has gone in the song, there seems to be natural chemistry between the both of you, and now we are more than ready to see how you will on the grand Eurovision stage. Thank you, and best of luck in the upcoming months.
The Netherlands’ Dion Cooper & Mia Nicolai will perform 14th (of 15) in the first Semi-final on May 9th 2023.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2023 will take place on May 9th, 11th, and 13th 2023 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. 37 countries will compete for the crown. This year’s Eurovision Song Contest will be a joint venture, since last year’s winner Ukraine cannot organize the contest on home soil because of the ongoing war with Russia.