Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest 1977

The Netherlands was represented by Heddy Lester, with the song "De mallemolen", at the 1977 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place in London on 7 May. Lester was the winner of the Dutch national final for the contest, held on 2 February.

Eurovision Song Contest 1977
Country Netherlands
National selection
Selection processNationaal Songfestival 1977
Selection date(s)2 February 1977
Selected entrantHeddy Lester
Selected song"De mallemolen"
Selected songwriter(s)
  • Frank Affolter
  • Wim Hogenkamp
Finals performance
Final result12th, 35 points
Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest
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Before EurovisionEdit

Nationaal Songfestival 1977Edit

 
National winner Heddy Lester

The final was held at the Congresgebouw in The Hague, hosted by Ati Dijckmeester. Ten songs took part and voting was by eleven "celebrity" juries of nine people based in each Dutch province. Each juror awarded one point to his/her favourite song, with 99 points available in total. "De mallemolen" emerged the winner by a 5-point margin.[1]

Final – 2 February 1977
Draw Artist Song Points Place
1 Oscar Harris "Superster" 5 6
2 Heddy Lester "De mallemolen" 28 1
3 Arjan Brass "Annabelle" 4 9
4 Bonnie St. Claire "Stop Me" 23 2
5 Rita Hovink "Toen kwam jij" 2 10
6 Air Bubble "Jany" 5 6
7 Peter Cook "Pinokkio" 8 4
8 Loeki Knol "Ik wil de wereld laten zien dat ik kan dansen" 5 6
9 Dick Rienstra "Jouw lach" 6 5
10 Maggie MacNeal "Jij alleen" 13 3

At EurovisionEdit

On the night of the final Lester performed 3rd in the running order, following Monaco and preceding Austria. "De mallemolen" had been one of the front-runners in pre-contest betting, but at the close of voting had managed to muster only 35 points, placing the Netherlands 12th of the 18 entries.[2] The Dutch jury awarded its 12 points to Belgium.[3]

The Dutch conductor at the contest was Harry van Hoof.

VotingEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ ESC National Finals database 1977
  2. ^ "Final of London 1977". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 11 April 2021. Retrieved 11 April 2021.
  3. ^ ESC History - Netherlands 1977
  4. ^ a b "Results of the Final of London 1977". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 11 April 2021. Retrieved 11 April 2021.

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