Fernando en Filippo

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Netherlands "Fernando en Filippo"
Eurovision Song Contest 1966 entry
Country Netherlands
Artist(s) Milly Scott
Language Dutch
Composer(s) Kees de Bruyn
Lyricist(s) Gerrit den Braber
Conductor Dolf van der Linden
Finals performance
Final result 15th
Final points 2
Appearance chronology
◄ "'t Is genoeg" (1965)   
"Ring-dinge-ding" (1967) ►

"Fernando en Filippo" ("Fernando and Filippo") was the Dutch entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1966, performed in Dutch by Milly Scott.

The song tells the story of the title characters. Fernando is a guitarist from Santiago in love with a girl in San Antonio (the exact locations of the two cities is never made clear, and the names may simply be generic Spanish locations, however there is a Santiago and a San Antonio in Chile), whom he drives to see every evening. Filippo's occupation is never made clear, however he also makes a similar trip despite the handicap of apparently not having a car. Eventually, Fernando's lover leaves him for Filippo. Scott also recorded the song in English and Spanish, as "Fernando and Filipo" and "Fernando y Felipe".

The song is memorable as featuring the first nonsense refrain in Dutch Eurovision history, a series of nonsense syllables appearing at the beginning and end of the lyrics, usually transcribed as; "Tong-ki tong ti-ki kong-kong-kong/Ri-ki kong-kong-kong ti-ki kong-kong".

The song was performed sixteenth on the night, following France's Dominique Walter with "Chez nous" and preceding Ireland's Dickie Rock with "Come Back to Stay". At the close of voting, it had received 2 points, placing 15th in a field of 18.

It was succeeded as Dutch representative at the 1967 Contest by Thérèse Steinmetz with "Ring-dinge-ding".

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