Mia Nicolai & Dion Cooper will represent The Netherlands at Eurovision 2023. The duo were brought together by former Eurovision winner, Duncan Laurence and his partner, Jordan Garfield. The song that they will sing in Liverpool was written by the duo alongside Duncan and Jordan.
A selection committee unanimously chose the song, with Eric van Stade, general director of AVROTROS saying,
‘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 Nicolai is 26 years old, and has lived in London, Melbourne and Mexico, and currently resides in Los Angeles. She released her first single, ‘Set Me Free’ in 2020. Dion Cooper is 28 years old and started playing guitar at the age of 15. His first EP ‘Too Young Too Dumb’ came out in 2021.