Dutch broadcaster AVROTROS has revealed the identity of its Eurovision 2023 representatives, Mia Nicolai and Dion Cooper.
The broadcaster internally chose the duo. The selection process was unanimous.
The person behind the pairing is Eurovision 2019 winner Duncan Laurence.
Duncan Laurence and songwriter Jordan Garfiel approached them and suggested submitting a song for Eurovision 2023. The 4 musicians created a song together that impressed the professional committee and ended up selecting them for Eurovision 2023
Eric van Stade, general director at broadcaster AVROTROS reacted:
‘We received a lot of songs this year, especially from young talent, which is a great development. Dion Cooper and Mia Nicolai are themselves unconventional young talents, as well as songwriters with a story to tell. The selection committee were, without exception, very positive about their song, in which their voices work together beautifully. Though we can’t say too much now about the song, we can say it’s a song that’s distinctive, outspoken and meaningful, and we have no doubt will stand out in a positive sense from the field of Eurovision contestants.’
Mia and Dion commented:
The Eurovision Song Contest is the place where people can see what you have to offer as an artist. After all these years of hard work, translating our feelings into music, this is a great opportunity to tell our story on such a large scale. It feels fantastic and a little unreal that the AVROTROS selection committee has chosen our song, but we’re ready to share something really positive with Europe
About Mia and Dion
Dion Cooper is a 28-year-old. He has dreamed of being a musician since the age of 4.
He mentioned Toto, The Beatles, and Jimi Hendrix as his biggest influences in music.
In 2021, he released his debut single “Too Young, Too Dumb”:
Mia Nicolai is 26 years old. She started taking piano lessons at the age of 3.
Mia states drama, ballet, music, and storytelling are her biggest passions in life.
David Bowie is one of her favorite musicians.
Mia has lived in Melbourne, London, Mexico, New York, and LA in recent years.
Her debut single is “Set Me Free”
Are you excited about the duo representing The Netherlands at Eurovision 2023?
Will they bring a song that will move us all?