Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest 1969

The Netherlands was represented by Lenny Kuhr, with the song "De troubadour", at the 1969 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place in Madrid on 29 March. "De troubadour" was the winner of the Dutch national final for the contest, held on 26 February, and went on to become one of the winners in the four-way tie which ended the 1969 contest.

Eurovision Song Contest 1969
Country Netherlands
National selection
Selection processNationaal Songfestival 1969
Selection date(s)26 February 1969
Selected entrantLenny Kuhr
Selected song"De troubadour"
Selected songwriter(s)
  • David Hartsema
  • Lenny Kuhr
Finals performance
Final result1st (tie), 18 points
Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄1968 1969 1970►

Before EurovisionEdit

Nationaal Songfestival 1969Edit

The final was held on 26 February 1969 at the Circustheater in Scheveningen, hosted by Pim Jacobs. Ten songs took part and the winning song was chosen by a national and an international jury. "De troubadour" emerged the narrow winner by a 1-point margin.

Former Dutch representative Anneke Grönloh (1964) was among the participants.[1]

Final – 26 February 1969
Draw Artist Song Points Place
1 Annet Hesterman "Zoek het niet te ver" 2 4
2 John Lamers "Als een donderslag" 0 8
3 Lenny Kuhr "De troubadour" 7 1
4 Anneke Grönloh "Heartbeat" 1 5
5 Frankie Luyten "Haat me niet" 0 8
6 Patricia Paay "Jij alleen" 1 5
7 Rob de Nijs "Zaterdagavondshow" 0 8
8 Linda Ross "Goodbye My Love" 1 5
9 Dave "Niets gaat zo snel" 3 3
10 Conny Vink "De toeteraar" 6 2
Detailed International Jury Votes
Draw Song                                 Total
1 "Zoek het niet te ver" 1 1 2
2 "Als een donderslag" 0
3 "De troubadour" 1 1 1 1 1 2 7
4 "Heartbeat" 1 1
5 "Haat me niet" 0
6 "Jij alleen" 1 1
7 "Zaterdagavondshow" 0
8 "Goodbye My Love" 1 1
9 "Niets gaat zo snel" 1 1 1 3
10 "De toeteraar" 1 1 1 3 6

At EurovisionEdit

On the night of the final Kuhr performed 8th in the running order, following the United Kingdom and preceding Sweden. At the close of voting "De troubadour" had received 18 points, making the Netherlands joint winners of the contest along with France, Spain and the United Kingdom, as there was no mechanism in place at the time to determine an outright winner if more than one country tied for first place on the scoreboard. The Netherlands had not appeared to be in serious contention until France, voting third from last, awarded 6 of its 10 points to "De troubadour". This was the Netherlands' third Eurovision victory and brought to an end a dreadful run in which the country had failed to place higher than 10th since 1959.[2]

The Dutch conductor at the contest was Frans de Kok.

The Netherlands later won the right to host the 1970 contest after lots were drawn by two of the four winning nations.


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 database 1969
  2. ^ ESC History - Netherlands 1969
  3. ^ a b "Results of the Final of Madrid 1969". Eurovision Song Contest. Archived from the original on 8 April 2021. Retrieved 8 April 2021.