Even if The Netherlands didn’t manage to qualify for the Eurovision 2012 Final, with Joan Franka, TROS got some good ratings with Nationaal Songfestival. The Dutch National Final for Eurovision 2012, produced by John de Mol, was the first open final since 2005. Some new changes were introduced, like 3 duels between participants, an international panel and a highly respected professional jury.
Those changes brought a number of 2.3 milion viewers for the Nationaal Songfestival and a 30,6 % share of the viewing market, making it one of the most watched Dutch National Finals for a long time. All this might be arguments that sustain the fact that John de Mol will produce the Dutch NF for Eurovision 2013 as he stated on the VIOranje talkshow on RTL.