Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest
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|Member station||NTS (1956-1969)
|National selection events||
Nationaal Songfestival (1956-2012)
|Appearances||55 (47 finals)|
|Best result||1st: 1957, 1959, 1969, 1975|
|Worst result||Last: 1958, 1962, 1963, 1968, 2011 SF
Nul points: 1962, 1963
|Netherlands's page at Eurovision.tv|
The Netherlands has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 55 times since making its debut as one of the seven countries competing in the very first contest in 1956. It has missed only four contests so far (1985, 1991, 1995 and 2002). The preselection process is often done through the Nationaal Songfestival with the winner qualifying to represent the Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest. The Netherlands has won the contest four times.
With four victories, the Netherlands ranks in the top 10 most successful Eurovision countries. The country's first two victories came in the 1950s, with Corry Brokken in 1957 and Teddy Scholten in 1959. The 1960s was a mostly unsuccessful decade for the country, the exception was in 1969, when Lenny Kuhr won a third title for the Dutch with "De Troubadour", winning in a four-way tie with France, Spain and the UK. Sandra & Andres finished fourth in 1972 and Mouth & MacNeal were third in 1974, before Teach-In achieved the Netherlands fourth victory in 1975 with Ding-A-Dong. The Netherlands best result of the 1980s was fifth, achieved by both Maggie MacNeal (of Mouth & MacNeal) in 1980 and Marcha in 1987. In the 1990s, Ruth Jacott, with sixth place in 1993 and Edsilia Rombley, with fourth in 1998, achieved the Netherlands best results of the decade. The Netherlands have finished last in the contest final on four occasions, in 1958, 1962, 1963 and 1968. They also finished last in the semi-final in 2011.
Since the semi-finals were introduced in 2004, the Netherlands has reached the final on only three occasions, failing to reach the final for a record eight consecutive years, from 2005-2012. Opting for an internal selection has fared well for the Netherlands since 2013, when Anouk became the first Dutch entry in nine years to qualify for the final, where she finished ninth. In 2014, another internal selection proved to be a success, when country duo The Common Linnets became the Netherlands most successful entry since 1975, placing second.
The Netherlands has hosted the Eurovision Song Contest four times: in 1958, 1970, 1976 and 1980. The first three times were after winning the previous year, while the 1980 contest was staged in the Netherlands, after Israel (who had won in 1979) declined to organise the event for a second consecutive year. Similarly, the Netherlands had declined the right to organise the 1960 contest, as they had hosted the event just two years previously.
The Netherlands has missed only four contests in its Eurovision history. The first of these was at the 1985 contest, held in Gothenburg, Sweden. The contest, held on 4 May conflicted with the Dutch Remembrance of the Dead and as such the Netherlands withdrew.
The Netherlands did compete in 2000. But at 22:00 (UTC+2) on Saturday 13 May, the broadcast was cancelled because of the Enschede fireworks disaster which happened a few hours before. The points awarded by the Netherlands were taken from the backup jury vote, as there was not televote after the program was cut off.
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NOTE: The full results for the first contest are unknown, only the winner was announced. The official Eurovision site lists all the other songs as being placed second.
As of 2014, Netherlands's voting history is as follows:
|1958||Hilversum||AVRO Studio||Hannie Lips|
|1976||The Hague||Congresgebouw||Corry Brokken|
Marcel Bezençon Awards
Voted by previous winners
|Year||Performer||Song||Final Result||Points||Host city|
|2003||Esther Hart||"One More Night"||13th||45||Riga|
Voted by commentators
|Year||Performer||Song||Final Result||Points||Host city|
|2014||The Common Linnets||"Calm After the Storm"||2nd||238||Copenhagen|
Lyrics (l) / Music (m)
|2014||"Calm After the Storm"||Ilse DeLange, JB Meijers, Rob Crosby, Matthew Crosby, Jake Etheridge||The Common Linnets||2nd||238||Copenhagen|
Over the years NOS/TROS commentary has been provided by several experienced radio and television presenters, including Willem Duys, Ivo Niehe, Pim Jacobs, Ati Dijckmeester and Paul de Leeuw. Willem van Beusekom provided NOS TV commentary every year from 1987 until 2005. However on November 7, 2005 it was announced that Van Beusekom would quit his role as Dutch commentator saying "It's good to step back". He was replaced by his co-commentator Cornald Maas who commentated on the contest from 2004 until 2010. On June 29, 2010 Maas was sacked as commentator after putting insults on Twitter about Sieneke, Joran van der Sloot and the Party for Freedom (PVV). After this, DJ Daniël Dekker, who had been commentating next to Maas, took over together with Jan Smit. In 2014, Maas returned, now himself replacing Dekker, as commentator together with Smit.
The 1958 Eurovision scoreboard
- van Tongeren, Mario (2009-01-25). "NOS quits Eurovision, Dutch participation goes on". Oikotimes. Retrieved 2009-01-25.
- "AVRO en TROS worden samen AvroTros". nu.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved 6 May 2013.
- History - Eurovision Song Contest 1985 Eurovision.tv
- History - Eurovision Song Contest 1991 Eurovision.tv
- Barclay, Simon (June 17, 2010). The Complete and Independent Guide to the Eurovision Song Contest 2010. Silverthorn Press. p. 24. ISBN 978-1-4457-8415-1.
- Dutch Commentators through the years
- Van Beusekom quits Eurovision role
- Maas get the sack
- Points to and from the Netherlands eurovisioncovers.co.uk