Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest 1956

The Netherlands held a national final to select the two entrants that Nederlandse Omroep Stichting (NOS), the Dutch broadcaster, would send to the inaugural Eurovision Song Contest in Lugano, Switzerland. The final was held on 24 April 1956.

Eurovision Song Contest 1956
Country Netherlands
National selection
Selection processNationaal Songfestival 1956
Selection date(s)24 April 1956
Selected entrantJetty Paerl
and Corry Brokken
Selected song"De vogels van Holland"
and "Voorgoed voorbij"
Selected songwriter(s)"De vogels van Holland":

"Voorgoed voorbij":
Jelle de Vries
Finals performance
Final resultN/A
Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest
1956 1957►

Before EurovisionEdit

Nationaal Songfestival 1956Edit

The final was held on 24 April 1956 at the AVRO TV Studios in Hilversum, hosted by Karin Kraaykamp. The songs were ranked by postcard voting.[1] The top two songs were "Voorgoed voorbij", written and composed by Jelle de Vries, and "De vogels van Holland", written by Annie M. G. Schmidt and composed by Cor Lemaire.[2]

Final – 24 April 1956
Draw Artist Song Votes Place
1 Corry Brokken "Ik zei : ja" 478 5
2 Jetty Paerl "De vogels van Holland" 1,530 2
3 Bert Visser "Gina mia" 116 7
4 Jetty Paerl "De telefoon" 438 6
5 Corry Brokken "Voorgoed voorbij" 1,854 1
6 Bert Visser "Meisje" 34 8
7 Corry Brokken "'t Is lente" 1,210 3
8 Jetty Paerl "Mei in Parijs" 1,034 4

At EurovisionEdit

There were seven participating countries, and each was drawn to perform two songs in the same order via two rounds, with Netherlands performing first in each round, making "De vogels van Holland" the first song performed in the Eurovision Song Contest history,[3][4] and the first of many to sing the praises of the singer's homeland.[4][5] According to Des Mangan this song set the tone for the Eurovision tradition of nonsensical lyrics, although he admits that there are other contenders for such a claim as well.[6] "Voorgoed voorbij" opened the second round, performing eighth, after Italy.

Both of the Dutch entries were conducted at the contest by the musical director Fernando Paggi and preceded host country Switzerland. The final votes of the first contest were never announced, so it is not known what place the songs finished at the actual Eurovision Song Contest. Simon Barclay, in The Complete and Independent Guide to the Eurovision Song Contest 2010, claims that "The vogels van Holland" finished second.[7] The two were succeeded as Dutch representative at the 1957 contest again by Corry Brokken with "Net als toen".


  2. ^ Crommert, Richard van de (27 May 2010). "Jetty Pearl vandaag jarig". De Telegraaf (in Dutch). Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 6 October 2013.
  3. ^ Sivertsen, Eirik (13 May 2009). "Hva vet du om ESC?" (in Norwegian). NRK. Retrieved 6 October 2013.
  4. ^ a b Wolther, Irving (2009). "Musik im Medienkorsett: Der Eurovision Song Contest zwischen Kompositionswettbewerb und Fernsehereignis". In Peter Moormann (ed.). Musik Im Fernsehen: Sendeformen und Gestaltungsprinzipien (in German). Springer. pp. 11–29. ISBN 9783531919058.
  5. ^ Wolther, Irving (2006). "Kampf der Kulturen": der Eurovision Song Contest als Mittel national-kultureller Repräsentation (in German). Königshausen & Neumann. p. 128. ISBN 9783826033575.
  6. ^ Mangan, Des, This is Sweden Calling, Random House, Australia (2004), ISBN 978-1-74051-295-4
  7. ^ Barclay, Simon (2010). The Complete and Independent Guide to the Eurovision Song Contest 2010. Silverthorn. ISBN 9781445784151.

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