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Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest


Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest

Member station AVROTROS (2014–)[1]
National selection events
Appearances 57 (47 finals)
First appearance 1956
Best result 1st: 1957, 1959, 1969, 1975
Worst result Last: 1958, 1962, 1963, 1968, 2011 SF
Nul points: 1962, 1963
External links
Netherlands's page at

The Netherlands has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 56 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 was 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 eight years in a row, 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, made up of members Ilse DeLange and Waylon, became the Netherlands' most successful entry since 1975, placing second behind Conchita Wurst of Austria.

The Netherlands has hosted the Eurovision Song Contest four times: in 1960 contest, as they had hosted the event just two years previously.


  • Non-participations 1
  • Contestants 2
  • Voting history 3
  • Hostings 4
  • Marcel Bezençon Awards 5
  • Commentators 6
  • Photogallery 7
  • See also 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10


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.[3]

In 1991 the contest was again held on 4 May, and so the Netherlands withdrew for the same reason as six years earlier.[4]

There was no Dutch participation in the 1995 and 2002 contests, due to relegation as a result of the country's poor showings in the previous year.

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.[5] The points awarded by the Netherlands were taken from the back-up jury vote, as there was no televote after the program was cut short.


Table key
  Second place
  Third place
  Last place
Year Artist Language Song Final Points Semi Points
1956 Jetty Paerl Dutch "De vogels van Holland" 2 [6] No semi-finals
1956 Corry Brokken Dutch " 2 [6]
1957 Corry Brokken Dutch "Net als toen" 1 31
1958 Corry Brokken Dutch "Heel de wereld" 9 1
1959 Teddy Scholten Dutch "'n Beetje" 1 21
1960 Rudi Carrell Dutch "Wat een geluk" 12 2
1961 Greetje Kauffeld Dutch "Wat een dag" 10 6
1962 De Spelbrekers Dutch "Katinka" 13 0
1963 Annie Palmen Dutch "Een speeldoos" 13 0
1964 Anneke Grönloh Dutch "Jij bent mijn leven" 10 2
1965 Conny Vandenbos Dutch "'t Is genoeg" 11 5
1966 Milly Scott Dutch "Fernando en Filippo" 15 2
1967 Thérèse Steinmetz Dutch "Ring-dinge-ding" 14 2
1968 Ronnie Tober Dutch " 16 1
1969 Lenny Kuhr Dutch "De troubadour" 1 18
1970 Hearts of Soul Dutch "Waterman" 7 7
1971 Saskia & Serge Dutch "Tijd" 6 85
1972 Sandra & Andres Dutch "Als het om de liefde gaat" 4 106
1973 Ben Cramer Dutch "De oude muzikant" 14 69
1974 Mouth & MacNeal English "I See A Star" 3 15
1975 Teach-In English "Ding-a-Dong" 1 152
1976 Sandra Reemer English "The Party's Over" 9 56
1977 Heddy Lester Dutch "De mallemolen" 12 35
1978 Harmony Dutch "'t Is OK" 13 37
1979 Xandra Dutch "Colorado" 12 51
1980 Maggie MacNeal Dutch "Amsterdam" 5 93
1981 Linda Williams Dutch "Het is een wonder" 9 51
1982 Bill van Dijk Dutch "Jij en ik" 16 8
1983 Bernadette Dutch, English "Sing Me a Song" 7 66
1984 Maribelle Dutch "Ik hou van jou" 13 34
1985 Did not participate
1986 Frizzle Sizzle Dutch "Alles heeft ritme" 13 40
1987 Marcha Dutch "Rechtop in de wind" 5 83
1988 Gerard Joling Dutch "Shangri-La" 9 70
1989 Justine Pelmelay Dutch "Blijf zoals je bent" 15 45
1990 Maywood Dutch "Ik wil alles met je delen" 15 25
1991 Did not participate
1992 Humphrey Campbell Dutch "Wijs me de weg" 9 67
1993 Ruth Jacott Dutch "Vrede" 6 92
1994 Willeke Alberti Dutch "Waar is de zon?" 23 4
1995 Did not participate
1996 Maxine & Franklin Brown Dutch "De eerste keer" 7 78 9 63
1997 Mrs. Einstein Dutch "Niemand heeft nog tijd" 22 5 No semi-finals
1998 Edsilia Rombley Dutch "Hemel en aarde" 4 150[7]
1999 Marlayne English "One Good Reason" 8 71
2000 Linda Wagenmakers English "No Goodbyes" 13 40
2001 Michelle English "Out On My Own" 18 16
2002 Did not participate
2003 Esther Hart English "One More Night" 13 45
2004 Re-Union English "Without You" 20 11 6 146
2005 Glennis Grace English "My Impossible Dream" Failed to qualify 14 53
2006 Treble Imaginary, English "Amambanda" 20 22
2007 Edsilia Rombley English "On Top of the World" 21 38
2008 Hind English "Your Heart Belongs to Me" 13 27
2009 De Toppers English "Shine" 17 11
2010 Sieneke Dutch "Ik ben verliefd (Sha-la-lie)" 14 29
2011 3JS English "Never Alone" 19 13
2012 Joan Franka English "You and Me" 15 35
2013 Anouk English "Birds" 9 114 6 75
2014 The Common Linnets English "Calm After the Storm" 2 238 1 150
2015 Trijntje Oosterhuis English "Walk Along" Failed to qualify 14 33
2016 Douwe Bob

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.

Voting history

As of 2015, Netherlands' voting history is as follows:


Year Location Venue Presenter
1958 Hilversum AVRO Studio Hannie Lips
1970 Amsterdam Congrescentrum Willy Dobbe
1976 The Hague Congresgebouw Corry Brokken
1980 Marlous Fluitsma

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

Voted by commentators

Year Performer Song Final Result Points Host city
2014 The Common Linnets "Calm After the Storm" 2nd 238 Copenhagen

Composer Award

Year Song Composer(s)
Lyrics (l) / Music (m)
Performer Final
Points Host city
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.[8] 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".[9] 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).[10] 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.

Year(s) Commentators Dual Commentators Spokesperson
1956 Piet te Nuyl No Dual Commentator N/A
1957 Willem Duys
1958 Siebe van der Zee Piet te Nuyl
1959 Piet te Nuyl Siebe van der Zee
1962 Willem Duys Ger Lugtenburg
1963 Pim Jacobs
1964 Ageeth Scherphuis
1965 Teddy Scholten
1967 Leo Nelissen Ellen Blazer
1968 Elles Berger Willem Duys
1969 Pim Jacobs Leo Nelissen
1970 Flip van der Schalie
1971 No Spokesperson
1974 Willem Duys Dick van Bommel
1977 Ati Dijckmeester Ralph Inbar
1978 Willem Duys Dick van Bommel
1979 Ivo Niehe
1980 Pim Jacobs Flip van der Schalie
1983 Willem Duys
1984 Ivo Niehe
1985 Gerrit den Braber Netherlands did not participate
1986 Leo van der Goot Joop van Zijl
1987 Willem van Beusekom Ralph Inbar
1988 Joop van Os
1991 No television broadcast Netherlands did not participate
1992 Willem van Beusekom Herman Slager
1993 Joop van Os
1995 Paul de Leeuw Netherlands did not participate
1996 Willem van Beusekom Marga Bult
1997 Corry Brokken
1998 Conny Vandenbos
1999 Edsilia Rombley
2000 Marlayne
2002 Netherlands did not participate
2003 Marlayne
2004 Cornald Maas Esther Hart
2005 Nancy Coolen
2006 Cornald Maas Paul de Leeuw Paul de Leeuw
2007 Paul de Leeuw and Edsilia Rombley
2008 No Dual Commentator Esther Hart
2009 Yolanthe Sneijder-Cabau
2010 Daniël Dekker
2011 Jan Smit Mandy Huydts
2012 Viviënne van den Assem
2013 Cornald Maas
2014 Cornald Maas Tim Douwsma
2015 Edsilia Rombley


See also


  1. ^ "AVRO en TROS worden samen AvroTros". (in Dutch). Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b van Tongeren, Mario (2009-01-25). "NOS quits Eurovision, Dutch participation goes on". Oikotimes. Retrieved 2009-01-25. 
  3. ^ History - Eurovision Song Contest 1985
  4. ^ History - Eurovision Song Contest 1991
  5. ^
  6. ^ a b Barclay, Simon (June 17, 2010). The Complete and Independent Guide to the Eurovision Song Contest 2010. Silverthorn Press. p. 24.  
  7. ^ Spain originally gave its 12 points to Israel and 10 to Norway. After the broadcast it was announced that Spanish broadcaster wrongly tallied the votes and Germany should have got the top mark - 12 points - instead of being snubbed, as it happened. The mistake was corrected and so Germany was placed 7th over Norway. Israel and Norway both received 2 points less than originally and Croatia, Malta, Portugal, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Belgium, Estonia and Turkey all received one point less than indicated during the broadcast.
  8. ^ Dutch Commentators through the years
  9. ^ Van Beusekom quits Eurovision role
  10. ^ Maas get the sack

External links

  • Points to and from the Netherlands
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