Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest
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|Member station||NTS (1956-1969)
|National selection events||
Nationaal Songfestival (1956-2012),Internal Selection (2013-present)
|Appearances||54 (46 finals)|
|Best result||1st: 1957, 1959, 1969, 1975|
|Worst result||Last: 1958, 1962, 1963, 1968, 2011 SF|
|Netherlands's page at Eurovision.tv|
The Netherlands was one of the seven countries competing in the very first Eurovision Song Contest in 1956. It has missed only four contests so far. The preselection process is often done through the Nationaal Songfestival with the winner qualifying to represent the Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest.
With four victories the Netherlands ranks in the top 10 most successful Eurovision countries. Nevertheless the last victory to date was in 1975 and Dutch songs have had mixed success since, with roughly half of the songs placing in the Top-10 and the other half doing (much) worse. Notable high placings in the 1980s and 1990s were achieved by Bernadette, Marcha, Gerard Joling, Humphrey Campbell, Ruth Jacott and Edsilia Rombley, who all finished in the top ten. Edsilia Rombley's 1998 entry (Hemel en Aarde) remains the Netherlands' most successful post-1975 song, finishing fourth in Birmingham.
Since the Semi Final and Grand Final system was introduced in 2004, the Netherlands has reached the final on only two occasions, in 2004 with Re-Union and in 2013 with Anouk. The country had eight consecutive non-qualifiers (up to and including 2012) which is a Eurovision record. The Netherlands is currently ranked 11th in the list of countries with most points awarded through the years.
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. For the same reason the Netherlands declined the right to organise the 1960 contest.
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.
- Second place
- Third place
- Last place
- Automatically qualified to the final
- Did not qualify for the final
- Did not compete or was relegated
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 2013, Netherlands's voting history is as follows:
|1958||Hilversum||AVRO Studio||Hannie Lips|
|1976||The Hague||Congresgebouw||Corry Brokken|
Marcel Bezençon Awards
Artistic Award (Voted by previous winners)
|Year||Performer||Song||Final Result||Points||Host city|
|2003||Esther Hart||"One More Night"||13th||45||Riga|
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).
The Eurovision Song Contest 1958 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