22 July 1962 |
Bergen op Zoom, North Brabant, Netherlands
Eurovision Song Contest
In 2004 and 2005 Maas provided the Dutch commentary for the Eurovision Song Contest semi-finals. He took over as regular commentator for the Dutch television in 2006 for both the semi's and the final after the regular Dutch commentator Willem van Beusekom died the week of the contest from colon cancer. In 2006 and 2007 he co-hosted the finals with Paul de Leeuw (who was the spokesperson for the Netherlands). De Leeuw was providing the commentary from the Netherlands via satellite project Olympus. On June 29, 2010 Maas announced he would not be commenting at The 56th Eurovision Song Contest in Düsseldorf, Germany. This was because he had been sacked by the broadcaster TROS (which took over from NOS in 2010). Maas' replacements were his co-host at the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest Daniël Dekker and Dutch singer Jan Smit.
In 2007 Maas was one of the judges for the Dutch version of Just The Two Of Us on TV channel Tien. Maas was a regular table at The World Keeps Turning. Since October 2008 he presented a weekly television program "Opium" at the AVRO, with 2009 and 2010 Opium specials from the Theatre and Oerol festival. Maas writes a series about children of divorced parents for the Volkskrant.
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