Het Grote Songfestivalfeest

Het Grote Songfestivalfeest (English: The Big Songfestival Party) was a Dutch television concert programme starring artists of the Eurovision Song Contest from the past sixty-four years and a pre-event prior to the Eurovision Song Contest 2020, which was to be held in Rotterdam prior to its cancellation. The concert took place on 15 December 2019 at the Ziggo Dome, in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Tickets were on sale via Ticketmaster. The event was produced by PilotStudio in collaboration with the Dutch broadcaster AVROTROS, and was broadcast on 1 January 2020.[1][2]

Het Grote Songfestivalfeest
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Final15 December 2019
VenueZiggo Dome, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Host broadcasterAVROTROS
Number of entries33 songs from 1969 onwards (22 broadcast)

Het Grote Songfestivalfeest is set to return for a second edition, taking place on 17 November 2022 at the Ziggo Dome, having been pushed back from an initial date of 9 December 2021 due to restrictions imposed by the Dutch government in light of the spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant.[3]


The show was originally planned to be hosted by Dutch Eurovision commentators Cornald Maas and Jan Smit, however the latter had to withdraw due to illness and was later replaced by one of his Eurovision 2020 co-hosts, Edsilia Rombley. Rombley, who represented the Netherlands in the 1998 and 2007 contests, also performed her entries during the concert.[4] Former Dutch spokesperson Emma Wortelboer and Tim Douwsma, and Junior Eurovision Song Contest commentator Buddy Vedder also appeared as presenters during the show to introduce some of the acts.


Thirty-one Eurovision acts from seventeen countries participated in the concert.

Order[a] Broadcast[b] Year Country Artist Song Language
01 01 2016   Russia Sergey Lazarev "You Are the Only One" English
02 02 2004   Ukraine Ruslana "Wild Dances"[c] English, Ukrainian
03   2008   Sweden Charlotte Perrelli "Hero" English
04 03 1998   Israel Dana International "Diva" Hebrew
05   2019   Russia Sergey Lazarev "Scream" English
06   1978   Israel Izhar Cohen "A-Ba-Ni-Bi" English
07 04 1986   Belgium Sandra Kim "J'aime la vie" French
08   1977   France Marie Myriam "L'oiseau et l'enfant" French
09   1973   Luxembourg Anne-Marie David "Tu te reconnaîtras" French
10   1983   Luxembourg Corinne Hermès "Si la vie est cadeau" French
11 07 1998   Netherlands Edsilia Rombley "Hemel en aarde" Dutch
2007 "On Top of the World" English
12   1986   Netherlands Marlayne and Mandy "Alles heeft ritme" Dutch
1999 "One Good Reason" English
1974   Sweden "Waterloo"[d] English
13 06 1975   Netherlands Getty Kaspers "Ding-a-dong"[e] English
14 09 2013   Denmark Emmelie de Forest "Only Teardrops" English
15   1993   Ireland Niamh Kavanagh "In Your Eyes" English
16   1996   Ireland Eimear Quinn "The Voice" English
17 08 1999   Sweden Charlotte Perrelli "Take Me to Your Heaven" English
18 05 1997   United Kingdom Katrina Leskanich "Love Shine a Light"[f] English
19 10 2019   Norway Keiino "Spirit in the Sky" English
21   2000   Denmark Jørgen Olsen "Fly on the Wings of Love"[g] English
21 12 1969   Netherlands Lenny Kuhr "De troubadour" Dutch
22 13 1993   Netherlands Ruth Jacott "Vrede" Dutch
23 14 1982   Germany Nicole "Ein bißchen Frieden" German, Dutch
24 15 1980   Ireland Johnny Logan "What's Another Year" English
1987 "Hold Me Now" English
25 16 1992   Ireland Linda Martin "Why Me?" English
26 17 1979   Israel Gali Atari "Hallelujah"[h] Hebrew, English, Dutch
27 18 2018   Israel Netta "Toy" English
28 19 2019   San Marino Serhat "Say Na Na Na" English
29   2011   Azerbaijan Ell and Marlayne[i] "Running Scared" English
30 11 2019   Italy Mahmood "Soldi" Italian
31 20 2007   Ukraine Verka Serduchka "Dancing Lasha Tumbai" German, English
32 21 2018   Cyprus Eleni Foureira "Fuego" English
33 22 2012   Sweden Loreen "Euphoria" English
  – Performances were not shown during the broadcast


  1. ^ The order of the performances during the concert
  2. ^ The order of the performances during the broadcast
  3. ^ Performed with Slagerij van Kampen
  4. ^ ABBA cover
  5. ^ Teach-In cover
  6. ^ Katrina and the Waves cover
  7. ^ Olsen Brothers cover
  8. ^ Milk and Honey cover, performed with Tim Douwsma and Buddy Vedder
  9. ^ Only Eldar Gasimov of the duo Ell and Nikki was able to perform, so Marlayne Sahupala performed the parts of Nigar Jamal

Withdrawn artistsEdit

The original list of the performers also included Willeke Alberti, the Dutch representative at the Eurovision Song Contest 1994, who missed the show because of an illness.[5][6] Eurovision winners Finnish hard rock band Lordi (2006) and Russia's Dima Bilan (2008) were expected to perform, but later they cancelled their participation.[7] Helena Paparizou was also invited, but couldn't participate in person because of a scheduling clash with a live broadcast of The Voice of Greece. She sent a video message in which she sang the refrain of her 2005 winning song "My Number One".


In the Netherlands, Het Grote Songfestivalfeest aired on 1 January 2020 on NPO 3 at 20:25 and on BVN at 21:40 (CET). The concert was later broadcast in Greece on ERT1. The first part aired on 29 February, with the second following the next day.[8] The concert also aired in Australia on 10 May at 20:30 (AEST) on SBS Viceland. The concert was known as The Road To Eurovision 2020: The Winners and was part of an alternate Australian Eurovision broadcast that took place from 10–17 May 2020 due to the cancellation of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020.[9]


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Jansen, Esma (26 September 2019). "The Big Eurovision Party! Het Grote Songfestivalfeest will welcome Loreen, Netta and more on the 15th of December". Wiwibloggs. Retrieved 27 December 2019.
  2. ^ O'Donoghue, Tom (26 September 2019). "'Het Grote Songfestivalfeest': Eurovision stars to perform at Ziggo Dome". escxtra.com. Retrieved 27 December 2019.
  3. ^ "Nieuwe datum: 'Het Grote Songfestivalfeest' op 17 november in Ziggo Dome". Songfestival.be (in Dutch). 28 February 2022. Retrieved 29 March 2022.
  4. ^ "All the stars! Het Grote Songfestivalfeest confirms final line-up". Wiwibloggs. 23 November 2019. Retrieved 27 December 2019.
  5. ^ "Zieke Willeke Alberti moet songfestivalfeestje missen". ad.nl. 14 December 2019. Retrieved 27 December 2019.
  6. ^ "Willeke Alberti moet Songfestivalfeest afzeggen vanwege griep". nu.nl. 14 December 2019. Retrieved 27 December 2019.
  7. ^ Ten Veen, Renske (12 December 2019). "Dima Bilan withdraws from Het Grote Songfestivalfeest after "feeling misled" by the organisers". Wiwibloggs. Retrieved 27 December 2019.
  8. ^ "ΕΡΤ – Πρόγραμμα Τηλεόρασης & Ραδιοφώνου". program.ert.gr.
  9. ^ "SBS is uniting music fans with Eurovision 2020: Big Night In!". www.sbs.com.au/.

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