Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest 1997

Eurovision Song Contest 1997
Country  Netherlands
National selection
Selection process Nationaal Songfestival 1997
Selection date(s) 23 February 1997
Selected entrant Mrs. Einstein
Selected song "Niemand heeft nog tijd"
Finals performance
Final result 22nd=, 5 points
Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest
1998►

The Netherlands was represented by five-piece female group Mrs. Einstein, with the song '"Niemand heeft nog tijd", at the 1997 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place in Dublin on 3 May. The song was chosen at the Dutch national final on 23 February.

Final

The final took place on 23 February at the Mercanti Plaza in Amsterdam, hosted by Bart Peeters and Joop van Zijl. All six songs were performed by Mrs. Einstein, with the winner being decided by a 50/50 spilt between televoting and juries in the twelve Dutch provinces, who awarded votes as 10-7-5-3-2-1. The voting was extremely close, with "Niemand heeft nog tijd" winning by just a 2-point margin over "Toen de aarde stilstond" after both songs received an identical score from the televote. Third-placed song "Dat liefde zo moet zijn" also finished only 6 points adrift and was the top choice of five of the juries, against three in favour of "Niemand heeft nog tijd" and "Toen de aarde stilstond".[1]

Final - 23 February 1997
Draw Song Points Place
1 "Ik dou alsof" 53 6
2 "Dat liefde zo moet zijn" 153 3
3 "Samen sterk" 57 5
4 "Niemand heeft nog tijd" 159 1
5 "Toen de aarde stilstond" 157 2
6 "Laat het los" 93 4
Voting
Song Friesland Groningen Drenthe Overijssel Gelderland Utrecht Flevoland North
Holland
South
Holland
Zeeland North
Brabant
Limburg Televote Total
Ik doe alsof 1 3 2 1 1 1 2 3 5 2 7 1 24 53
Dat liefde zo moet zijn 10 1 5 5 10 2 7 10 3 3 10 10 77 153
Samen sterk 2 5 1 2 2 3 3 5 1 1 2 3 27 57
Niemand heeft nog tijd 7 7 10 7 7 10 5 1 10 7 1 5 82 159
Toen de aarde stilstond 3 10 7 10 3 5 10 7 7 5 5 7 82 157
Laat het los 5 2 3 3 5 7 1 2 2 10 3 2 44 93

At Eurovision

On the night of the final Mrs. Einstein performed 8th in the running order, following Switzerland and preceding Italy. At the close of voting "Niemand heeft nog tijd" had received only 5 points (4 from Malta and 1 from Turkey), placing the Netherlands joint 22nd (with Switzerland) of the 25 entries, ahead only of the nul-points entries from Norway and Portugal. The Dutch jury awarded its 12 points to contest winners the United Kingdom.[2]

See also

External links

  • Netherlands preselection 1997

References

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