Over the course of April and May, on the lead up to the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest, we will be celebrating the countries that are participating this year in Rotterdam. Today, we celebrate The Netherlands.
The Netherlands debuted at the Contest in 1956, in Lugano, Switzerland. Jetty Paerl took part with her entry “De vogels van Holland”, while Corry Brokken took part with her entry “Voorgoed voorbij”. Scoring at the inaugural Contest was kept secret and video footage no longer exits.
The most successful entry from The Netherlands was in 1957, 1959, 1969, 1975 and 2019. In 1957, when the Contest took place in Frankfurt-am-Main, West Germany, Corry Brokken finished in first place with her entry “Net als toen”, scoring 31 points.
In 1959, when the Contest took place in Cannes, France, Teddy Scholten finished in first place with her entry “Een Beetje”, scoring 21 points.
In 1969, when the Contest took place in Madrid, Spain, Lenny Kuhr finished in joint first place with her entry “De troubadour”, scoring 18 points.
In 1975, when the Contest took place in Stockholm, Sweden, Teach-In finished in first place with their entry “Ding-a-Dong”, scoring 152 points. This included six sets of twelve points from Israel, Malta, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
In 2019, when the Contest took place in Tel Aviv, Israel, Duncan Laurence finished in first place with his entry “Arcade”, scoring 498 points. This included six sets of jury twelve points from France, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Portugal and Sweden. This also included two sets of televote twelve points from Belgium and Romania.
The most recent Dutch entry was due to be in 2020, when the cancelled Contest was due to take place in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Jeangu Macrooy was due to represent The Netherlands with his entry “Grow”.
This year, The Netherlands will be represented by Jeangu Macrooy with his song “Birth of a New Age”. Will Jeangu Macrooy take The Netherlands to their sixth victory?
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Author: Richard Taylor
Source: Eurovision Ireland