Willy Dobbe

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Willy Dobbe
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Willy Dobbe in 1981
Born (1944-01-02) 2 January 1944 (age 73)
The Hague, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Occupation Television announcer and presenter
Employer TROS

Willy Dobbe (born 2 January 1944 in The Hague) is a Dutch television announcer and former television presenter. She was the host of the 1970 Eurovision Song Contest[1] and also presented the Dutch national finals for the 1971 and 1972 contests.[2]


Dobbe with Prince Bernhard at a fundraiser presented by her for the World Wildlife Fund
Willy Dobbeplantsoen, Olst

Dobbe was born in The Hague and obtained a degree as beautician. In 1967 she joined the broadcaster Nederlandse Omroep Stichting and became a television announcer, which she remained for 5 years before moving to the TROS in 1972.

In 1970, Dobbe was asked to host the Eurovision Song Contest in Amsterdam. She maintained her Eurovision connection for two more years, when she hosted the Nationaal Songfestival consecutively in 1971 and 1972. Dobbe also presented programmes such as School TV, WK Allround Dancing, and, most notably, Zevensprong.[3] She remained associated with TV for the next two decades and retired in 1989, to make way for Linda de Mol.[4]

Twice during her career, Dobbe was featured in the Dutch gossip magazine Story.[5] Dutch director Wim T. Schippers created a fictional "Willy Dobbe plantsoen" (Willy Dobbe park) that figured in several of his satirical programs.[6] In 1997, a real park was named after her in Olst, with Dobbe and Schippers both being present at its opening.[6]


  1. ^ euroradiotv (2008-12-25). "Do you remember... Amsterdam 1970? | News | Eurovision Song Contest - Copenhagen 2014". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 2014-06-11. 
  2. ^ B.D. Van Cornewal. "NATIONAAL SONGFESTIVAL 1970" (in Dutch). DING-A-DONG. Retrieved 2014-06-11. 
  3. ^ "Welkom bij de Televisie van de Jaren Zeventig pagina 2" (in Dutch). Welkom bij de Jaren Zeventig. Retrieved 2014-06-11. 
  4. ^ "Willy Dobbe van de buis door Linda de Mol" (in Dutch). Mediacourant.nl. 2012-07-31. Retrieved 2014-06-11. 
  5. ^ "Wat een goed nummer!". Archief Zaterdags Bijvoegsel (in Dutch). NRC Handelsblad. 1999-09-11. Retrieved 2014-06-11. 
  6. ^ a b Mac Van Dinther (1997-11-28). "Willy Dobbe is blij met haar plantsoen". Archief - VK (in Dutch). De Volkskrant. Retrieved 2014-06-11. 

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