Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest 1959

The Netherlands was represented by Teddy Scholten, with the song "Een beetje", at the 1959 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 11 March in Cannes, France. Song and singer were chosen independently of each other at the Dutch national final, held on 17 February. Scholten went on to win the 1959 contest for the Netherlands, the first time a country had scored two Eurovision victories. The 1957 contest winner Corry Brokken failed in her bid to represent the Netherlands for a fourth consecutive year, while future Dutch representative Greetje Kauffeld was also among those taking part.

Eurovision Song Contest 1959
Country Netherlands
National selection
Selection processNationaal Songfestival 1959
Selection date(s)17 February 1959
Selected entrantTeddy Scholten
Selected song"Een beetje"
Selected songwriter(s)
Finals performance
Final result1st, 21 points
Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest
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Before EurovisionEdit

Nationaal Songfestival 1959Edit

The national final took place at the AVRO TV studios in Hilversum, hosted by Karin Kraaykamp. Eight songs and seven singers were involved, with all songs presented twice by different performers, once with a full orchestra and once in a more pared-down style.

The winning song was chosen by votes from regional juries, then an "expert" jury decided which of the two performers and versions of the winning song should go to Cannes. After "Een beetje" was announced the winner, the expert jury chose Scholten with the full orchestra version of the song.[1]

17 February 1959
Draw Song Performer 1 Performer 2 Points Place
1 "Mijn hart en ik" Corry Brokken & Bruce Low Greetje Kauffeld & John de Mol 103 3
2 "Als ik denk aan geluk" Greetje Kauffeld Dick Doorn 27 7=
3 "Kleine zilv'ren ster" Tonny van Hulst Corry Brokken 27 7=
4 "Op het plein" John de Mol Greetje Kauffeld 28 6
5 "Iedere dag met jou" Corry Brokken Bruce Low 90 4
6 "De regen" Dick Doorn Teddy Scholten 154 2
7 "Angelina" Bruce Low Tonny van Hulst 53 5
8 "Een beetje" Teddy Scholten John de Mol 235 1

At EurovisionEdit

On the night of the final Scholten performed 5th in the running order, following Monaco and preceding Germany. At the close of voting "Een beetje" had received 21 points, winning the contest by a 5-point margin over runners-up the United Kingdom. The Netherlands thus became the first country to win Eurovision twice.[2]

The Dutch conductor at the contest was Dolf van der Linden.

Rumours after the contest suggested that the Italian jury had awarded a very high 7 points to "Een beetje" in order to reduce the chances of a French or British win, but these were never substantiated.


Every country had a jury of ten people. Every jury member could give one point to his or her favourite song.

External linksEdit


  1. ^ ESC National Finals - Netherlands 1959
  2. ^ ESC History - Netherlands 1959
  3. ^ a b "Results of the Final of Cannes 1959". Eurovision Song Contest. Archived from the original on 27 March 2021. Retrieved 27 March 2021.