Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010

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The Netherlands participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 in Oslo, Norway. Selecting their song through the national final Nationaal Songfestival 2010, organised by Dutch broadcaster TROS. TROS has announced that the 2010 Eurovision entry will be composed by Pierre Kartner, with the singer selected through the Nationaal Songfestival contest. Kartner, also known as Father Abraham, is known for his song "The Smurf Song", which was a number one single in 16 countries, as well as writing the 1973 Eurovision entry for the Netherlands, "De oude muzikant" performed by Ben Cramer, which achieved 14th place. Kartner was also announced as the greatest Dutch composer by the Dutch Top 40. For the first time since 1998 the Dutch song was performed in Dutch.[1][2]

Eurovision Song Contest 2010
Country Netherlands
National selection
Selection processSong: Internal selection
Artist: Nationaal Songfestival 2010
Selection date(s)Song: 18 December 2009
Artist: 7 February 2010
Selected entrantSieneke
Selected song"Ik ben verliefd (Sha-la-lie)"
Selected songwriter(s)Pierre Kartner
Finals performance
Semi-final resultFailed to qualify (14th)
Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2009 2010 2011►

In November 2009 a poll conducted by private broadcaster RTL 4 revealed that 86% of those polled would agree to a possible withdraw by the Netherlands due to the poor results received in past contests.[3]

Before EurovisionEdit

Song selectionEdit

On 28 November 2009, TROS confirmed that they had selected Pierre Kartner to compose the song that would represent the Netherlands at the 2010 contest.[1][2] On 18 December 2009, a demo version of the Eurovision entry, "Ik ben verliefd (Sha-la-lie)", was presented to the public during the Radio 2 programme Gouden Uren, hosted by Daniël Dekker.[4][5]

Nationaal Songfestival 2010Edit

The logo of Nationaal Songfestival 2010.

Nationaal Songfestival 2010 was the national final that selected the Dutch entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2010. The competition consisted of a final on 7 February 2010 which took place at the Studio Baarn in Utrecht, hosted by Yolanthe Cabau van Kasbergen and was broadcast on Nederland 1 as well as streamed online via the broadcaster's website[6][7] The five competing artists, selected and coached by well-known Dutch singers consisting of were announced on 22 January 2010.[8][9] Each participant of the competition was assigned a coach to guide the artist through the final:


The final took place on 7 February 2010. All five competing artists performed the Dutch entry, "Ik ben verliefd (Sha-la-lie)", and the winning artist, Sieneke, was selected by the votes of a four-member jury panel (4/5) and the audience in the studio (1/5). The four-member jury panel consisted of Daniël Dekker (radio DJ), Tatjana Šimić (singer and actress), George Baker (singer) and Johnny Logan (1980 and 1987 Eurovision winner for Ireland), and each juror had an equal stake in the final result while the audience vote had a weighting equal to the votes of a single juror.[10] There was a tie for the first place where Sieneke and Loekz both received two votes, however Sieneke was selected by Kartner as the winning artist who first attempted to vote by flipping a coin but discovered that it was against the rules.[11][12]

Final – 7 February 2010
Draw Artist Song Jury Studio
Total Place
1 Sieneke "Ik ben verliefd (Sha-la-lie)" 2 0 2 1
2 Vinzzent "Ik ben verliefd (Sha-la-lie)" 0 1 1 3
3 Loekz "Ik ben verliefd (Sha-la-lie)" 2 0 2 2
4 Peggy Mays "Ik ben verliefd (Sha-la-lie)" 0 0 0 4
5 Marlous Oosting "Ik ben verliefd (Sha-la-lie)" 0 0 0 4
Detailed jury voting results
Draw Artist D. Dekker T. Šimić J. Logan G. Baker Total
1 Sieneke X X 2
2 Vinzzent 0
3 Loekz X X 2
4 Peggy Mays 0
5 Marlous Oosting 0

Criticism and plagiarism allegationsEdit

Criticism was voiced by Pierre Kartner's role in the Dutch national selection, amongst them Eric van Tijn, writer of two former Eurovision entries: "Vrede", performed by Ruth Jacott at the 1993 contest, and "Hemel en aarde", performed by Edsilia Rombley at the 1998 contest, who voiced his opinion that "Kartner has written some fantastic songs in the past, but that's way too long ago, if you ask me."[6] In addition, Kartner was accused of stealing the melody and complete tune of the 1994 song "Angelien" by Dutch musician Dick van Altena. Van Altena filed a complaint with Buma/Stemra regarding plagiarism.[13] The verdict was due on 23 June and the claim could have led to disqualification of Sieneke's performance, about a month after the competition.[13] However, on 6 May it became known that Van Altena had withdrawn his complaint after a suitable settlement, although he stated that the whole matter could have been handled more clearly.[14]

The competition featured coaches, who were meant to guide the singer through their Nationaal Songfestival journey. Famous Dutch singers and Eurovision participants were asked to become one of the coaches, and many refused, such as Edsillia Rombley (who stated she "did not like the idea"), or Lenny Kuhr (who went as far to call the competing song "shabby" and "an insult to the [Dutch] public").[15] For some time there was also uncertainty about Corry Konings' [nl] role as coach, after one disagreement arose about the production of Marlous Oosting's version of the song. Initially, she withdrew as coach, as a result of which Marlous had to be disqualified according to the rules. However, the dispute was settled, and Marlous remained in the competition.

An enormous majority of Dutch press and fans had no high hopes for "Ik ben verliefd (Sha-la-lie)" at Eurovision, claiming it to be "too old-fashioned", blaming TROS for choosing Kartner to compose the Dutch song. However an incentive has been launched amongst regional Dutch radio stations in support for Sieneke and "Ik ben verliefd (Sha-la-lie)", with every station playing the song simultaneously on Thursday 18 February at 11:15 CET. The initiative has been supported by for Eurovision entrant for the Netherlands Marga Bult.[12][16] Despite criticism "Ik ben verliefd (Sha-la-lie)" entered into the Dutch Single Top 100 at #13, as well as reaching #1 on the Dutch iTunes download chart.[12][16] The following week, after the Dutch radio campaign, "Ik ben verliefd (Sha-la-lie)" went to #1 on the Single Top 100, becoming the first Dutch Eurovision song ever to reach #1 in the Netherlands.[17]

At EurovisionEdit

The Netherlands competed in the second semi-final of the contest on 27 May, performing in the second half of the draw. The Dutch commentators were Cornald Maas, the Dutch commentator since 2004, and radio DJ Daniel Dekker.[1][2] The song did not progress to the final, the 29 points it received placed it 14th out of 17 competitors for 10 qualifying places.[18] The public awarded Netherlands 11th place with 49 points and the jury awarded 14th place with 26 points.[19]


Points awarded to the NetherlandsEdit

Points awarded to the Netherlands (Semi-final 2)[20]
Score Country
12 points
10 points
8 points
7 points
6 points   Slovenia
5 points   Turkey
4 points
3 points
2 points    Switzerland
1 point

Points awarded by the NetherlandsEdit


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