Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest
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The Netherlands has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 60 times since making its debut as one of the seven countries at the first contest in 1956. The country has missed only four contests, twice because the dates coincided with Remembrance of the Dead (1985, 1991) and twice because of being relegated due to poor results the previous year (1995 and 2002). The Netherlands hosted the contest in Hilversum (1958), Amsterdam (1970), twice in The Hague (1976 and 1980), and will host the contest in Rotterdam in 2020.
|Member station||AVROTROS (2014–)|
|National selection events|
|Appearances||60 (51 finals)|
|Best result||1st: 1957, 1959, 1969, 1975, 2019|
|Worst result||Last: 1958, 1962, 1963, 1968, 2011 SF|
|Nul points||1962, 1963|
|Netherlands's page at Eurovision.tv|
| For the most recent participation see|
Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019
The Netherlands has won the contest five times, with Corry Brokken (1957), Teddy Scholten (1959), Lenny Kuhr in a four-way tie (1969), Teach-In (1975) and Duncan Laurence (2019). The country's other top five results are Sandra & Andres fourth (1972), Mouth & MacNeal third (1974), Maggie MacNeal fifth (1980), Marcha fifth (1987), Edsilia Rombley fourth (1998), and second with The Common Linnets (2014). The Netherlands finished last in 1958, 1962, 1963, 1968, and in the semifinal in 2011.
After the introduction of the semifinals in 2004, the Netherlands failed to reach the final for eight years in a row from 2005 to 2012, the record of the contest, but have since reached six of the last seven finals.
The Netherlands is one of the first seven countries in the first contest in 1956. NTS presented the Nationaal Songfestival to select Dutch entries to the contest. Corry Brokken and Jetty Paerl finished top two and qualified to Lugano. After a year, success came fast as "Net als toen" from Brokken won the 1957 contest in Frankfurt. This song is a ballad asking the husband about early days as a couple. This song received points from every single country. Sem Nijveen provided the violin solo. NTS hosted the 1958 in Hilversum. Brokken's Heel de wereld received the first point from the first voting country, Switzerland, but it turned on to be the only point for her and finished tied ninth and last. Hosting and finishing last won't be repeated until Portugal in 2018. Austria in 2015 scored zero points but from tie-breaker finished SECOND last. In 1959 in Cannes, the Netherlands was represented by Teddy Scholten after Brokken failed to qualify. 'n Beetje is about concentrating about being unfaithful in a relationship and focusing that unfaithful is real certain. The song led in some early stage before dramatic roller coaster voting occurred before Italy sent seven points to the Dutch and France sent four more for another Dutch victory.
First Dark AgeEdit
Rudi Carrell and Annie Palmen won the national final with Wat een geluk in 1960 before Carrell was selected for the night but the song finished 12th or second last. Greetje Kauffeld failed to win three selections before internally selected in 1961 with Wat een dag finished tied tenth. YouTube still have a video from a classic Nationaal Songfestival 1962. Gert Timmerman and Conny Vandenbos headlined the show. De Spelbrekers won with a cute song "Katinka". This song is in the distinguished list for finishing last with 0 points but still being the more-remembered entries from the dark age. In 1963, The members of the orchestra declared strike action to cancel the televised selection. Palmen performed three songs for juries before "Geen ander" or "Een speeldoos" were selected. Veteran conductor Dolf van der Linden missed the contest also before finishing tied last with zero points again. Dutch-Indonesian Anneke Grönloh with "Jij bent mijn leven" finished tied tenth in 1964. 1965 Nationaal Songfestival brought five semi-finals to select the song for each entrant hosted by Teddy Scholten. Vandenbos won with "'t Is genoeg" to go to 1965. Norway gave top marks to save the song from 0 points, finishing 11th. Milly Scott was the first black performer to participate in 1966, last two voting countries Ireland and United Kingdom saved "Fernando en Filippo" from 0 points to finish 15th. A so little town of Harmelen hosted the 1967 selection before Thérèse Steinmetz finished 14th with "Ring-dinge-ding" A year later, the Netherlands finished last again with "Morgen" from Ronnie Tober.
From Lenny Kuhr to Teach-InEdit
1969 Nationaal Songfestival brought Europe together by asking every single participating country in 1969 to vote with Dutch juries. Conny Vink's "De toeteraar" was beaten by Lenny Kuhr's "De troubadour". Dolf van der Linden refused to go to Madrid and the song was conducted by Frans de Kok. This folk song about Troubadour didn't lead early in the voting before the third last country, France, gave six points to lead. The last two countries brought France, UK and Spain tied for lead with 18 points. Those four countries all won and led to withdrawn countries in 1970. The Netherlands beat France in coin-toss to host 1970 in RAI Amsterdam. Hearts of Soul finished 7th with "Waterman". Saskia & Serge finished second in 1970 national final before being internally selected for 1971. Ballad and beautiful "Tijd" finished tied sixth that night. That song was a farewell for Dolf van der Linden after 13 songs were conducted by him, two victories. Sandra & Andres with "Als het om de liefde gaat" provided memorable performance as the 1972 audience clapped to the rhythm of the song. Belgium gave its neighbour only two points to finish fourth, one point behind Germany. After an old-fashioned "De oude muzikant" from Ben Cramer finished forgettable 14th in 1973, the country sent the stars Mouth & MacNeal with "I See a Star", first Eurovision song in English for the country, in 1974. This happy song had to faced stars like ABBA, Gigliola Cinquetti and Olivia Newton-John before finishing third. 1975 Nationaal Songfestival was the first time since 1970 that singers weren't selected before the show. Teach-In with Ding-a-dong is a happy song with nonsensical titles and lyrics in both Dutch and English version. The performance finished by Ard Weeink broke the glass. This song received six twelves and almost 8.5 average, winning the contest for the fourth time, being the first song to win after singing first.
The Hague hosted Eurovision 1976 in Congresgebouw with former winner Corry Brokken presented the show. Sandra Reemer returned with "The Party's Over" finished 9th. The country slumped to three non top-tens after, "De mallemolen" with Heddy Lester, 12th, "'t Is OK" with Harmony, 13th, and Sandra's return "Colorado", 12th. Congresbouw returned to host 1980 contest after Israel declined for winning twice in a row, and actually withdrawn. Rogier van Otterloo made a debut as a conductor. Maggie MacNeal returned with patriotic ballad, "Amsterdam". This short song was the first time in 1961 that was internally selected before the country selected the entries internally since 2013. The song led the voting after first three twelves from four countries. Sadly, only three more countries gave this top three and slipped to fifth. Linda Williams went to Eurovision Song Contest 1981 with soft "Het is een wonder". Finished 7th. A year later, disaster struck as "Fantasie eiland" controversially missed the ticket because expert juries like Getty Kaspers sent "Jij en ik" with Bill van Dijk. Later, "Fantasie eiland" went on to win OGAE Second Chance Retro 1982. Germany's five points led this song finished third last. 1983 Nationaal Songfestival is more dramatic. Vulcano's Een beetje van dit tied with Bernadette's "Sing Me a Song" before the last 30-people set of the jury gave the lady one point and the group none, sent her to Munich. The performance was satisfied however, finished 7th. (developing)
The Netherlands has missed only four contests in its Eurovision history. The first one was at the 1985 contest, held in Gothenburg, Sweden. The contest, held on 4 May conflicted with the Dutch Remembrance of the Dead and therefore the Netherlands withdrew.
The Netherlands did compete in 2000. But at 22:00 (UTC+2) on Saturday 13 May, the broadcast was cancelled because of the Enschede fireworks disaster which happened a few hours before. The points awarded by the Netherlands were taken from the back-up jury vote, as there was no televote after the program was cut short.
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- ^ The full results for the first contest in 1956 are unknown, only the winner was announced. The official Eurovision site lists all the other songs as being placed second.
As of 2019, Netherlands' voting history is as follows:
|1958||Hilversum||AVRO Studio||Hannie Lips|
|1976||The Hague||Congresgebouw||Corry Brokken|
Marcel Bezençon AwardsEdit
|Year||Performer||Song||Final Result||Points||Host city|
|2019||Duncan Laurence||"Arcade"||1st||498||Tel Aviv|
Voted by previous winners:
|Year||Performer||Song||Final Result||Points||Host city|
|2003||Esther Hart||"One More Night"||13th||45||Riga|
Voted by commentators:
|Year||Performer||Song||Final Result||Points||Host city|
|2014||The Common Linnets||"Calm After the Storm"||2nd||238||Copenhagen|
Lyrics (l) / Music (m)
|2014||"Calm After the Storm"||Ilse DeLange, JB Meijers, Rob Crosby, Matthew Crosby, Jake Etheridge||The Common Linnets||2nd||238||Copenhagen|
Over the years NOS/TROS commentary has been provided by several experienced radio and television presenters, including Willem Duys, Ivo Niehe, Pim Jacobs, Ati Dijckmeester and Paul de Leeuw. Willem van Beusekom provided NOS TV commentary every year from 1987 until 2005. However, on November 7, 2005 it was announced that Van Beusekom would quit his role as Dutch commentator saying "It's good to step back". He was replaced by his co-commentator Cornald Maas who commentated on the contest from 2004 until 2010.
On June 29, 2010, Maas was sacked as commentator after putting insults on Twitter about Sieneke, Joran van der Sloot and the Party for Freedom (PVV). After this, DJ Daniël Dekker, who had been commentating next to Maas, took over together with Jan Smit. In 2014, Maas returned, now himself replacing Dekker, as commentator together with Smit.
All conductors are Dutch except those marked with a flag.
- Fernando Paggi (1956)
- Dolf van der Linden (1957–1962, 1964–68, 1970–71) (musical director in 1958, 1970)
- Eric Robinson (1963)
- Harry van Hoof (1972–79, 1986, 1988–1990, 1992–94)
- Jan Stulen 1976 (musical director, but did not conduct any entry)
- Rogier van Otterloo (1980–82, 1984, 1987) (musical director in 1980)
- Piet Souer (1983)
- Dick Bakker (1996–98)
The 1958 Eurovision scoreboard
- Nationaal Songfestival
- Netherlands in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest – Junior version of the Eurovision Song Contest.
- Netherlands in the Eurovision Dance Contest – Dance version of the Eurovision Song Contest.
- Netherlands in the Eurovision Young Dancers – A competition organised by the EBU for younger dancers aged between 16 and 21.
- Netherlands in the Eurovision Young Musicians – A competition organised by the EBU for musicians aged 18 years and younger.
- If a country had won the previous year, they did not have to compete in the semi-finals the following year.
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- History - Eurovision Song Contest 1985 Archived 2008-09-26 at the Wayback Machine Eurovision.tv
- History - Eurovision Song Contest 1991 Archived 2008-08-28 at the Wayback Machine Eurovision.tv
- "Eurovisie Songfestival: Deze Eeuw - vandaagindemuziek.nl - Day to Day". www.vandaagindemuziek.nl.
- Spain originally gave its 12 points to Israel and 10 to Norway. After the broadcast it was announced that Spanish broadcaster wrongly tallied the votes and Germany should have got the top mark - 12 points - instead of being snubbed, as it happened. The mistake was corrected and so Germany was placed 7th over Norway. Israel and Norway both received 2 points less than originally and Croatia, Malta, Portugal, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Belgium, Estonia and Turkey all received one point less than indicated during the broadcast.
- www.eurovisionartists.nl. "Welkom op de website van Eurovision Artists". www.eurovisionartists.nl.
- "Van Beusekom quits Eurovision role".
- "Eurovision Cornald Maas fired by TROS - ESCToday.com". 30 June 2010.
- Points to and from the Netherlands eurovisioncovers.co.uk