Katinka (song)

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Netherlands "Katinka"
Eurovision Song Contest 1962 entry
Country Netherlands
Artist(s) Theo Rekkers, Huug Kok
As De Spelbrekers
Language Dutch
Composer(s) Joop Stokkermans
Lyricist(s) Henny Hamhuis,
Lodewijk Post
Conductor Dolf van der Linden
Finals performance
Final result 13th
Final points 0
Appearance chronology
◄ "Wat een dag" (1961)   
"Een speeldoos" (1963) ►

"Katinka" was the Dutch entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1962, performed in Dutch by De Spelbrekers.

The song is about the titular Katinka - a young girl whom the singers see walking every morning. They explain that she has a powerful effect on the boys who see her, all of whom beg for her to turn around and give them "A glimpse of your up-tilted nose".

The song was performed eighth on the night, following Germany's Conny Froboess with "Zwei kleine Italiener" and preceding France's Isabelle Aubret with "Un premier amour". At the close of voting, it had received the dreaded nul points - zero - placing 13th (equal last) in a field of 16. The song thus has the dubious honour of being one of the first to fail to record a point in Contest history. At the 1962 Contest, in fact, four songs recorded this mark (none having done so previously). The other three were Belgium's Fud Leclerc with "Ton nom", Spain's Víctor Balaguer with "Llámame" and Austria's Eleonore Schwarz with "Nur in der wiener Luft".

It was succeeded as Dutch representative at the 1963 Contest by Annie Palmen with "Een speeldoos".


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