Building on the success of our Best of the Big 5 series, Eurovision Ireland is now broadening its search for your favourite entries from countries across the continent, spanning the contest’s entire back catalogue – that’s well over 1500 songs!
We’ve scoured the Big 5 countries and across Scandinavia for your Eurovision favourites and you voted in your thousands to crown your winners. We now begin on our next exciting set of countries: those of Western Europe that are not part of the Big 5 – namely Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, Portugal and Switzerland. And since we were in Rotterdam for Eurovision 2021, we’ve decided to kick start this new tour around the continent in the Netherlands!
Among those countries present at the first Eurovision Song Contest back in 1956, the Netherlands had the honour of opening that contest, meaning the first Eurovision entry ever heard by Europe was ‘De Vogels Van Holland’! Winning 2 of the first 4 contests, the Netherlands quickly proved themselves a Eurovision force to be reckoned with – even in the 2020s, just under half of ALL Dutch entries have placed in the Top 10! Their fortunes may have dipped somewhat since the semi-finals came along (like missing the final 8 years in a row!) but their most recent win in 2019 proves the Netherlands still produce a sound Europe loves!
The Netherlands have entered the Eurovision Song Contest an incredible 61 times since 1956 and as always, we’ve still split the songs between Odd and Even Years. This week you’ll get to vote for your favourite Dutch entries from their Odd Year Entries – songs that entered in years ending in 1,3,5,7 or 9.
Don’t spot your favourites below? Don’t panic! You’ll get to vote for which Even Year entries you love next week! As always, the Top 10 entries from both semi finals will then go on to the grand final, where you will vote for your overall winner. Don’t forget, your winner will be entered in the Eurovision Ireland Hall of Fame, so what are you waiting for? Get voting!
REMEMBER! AS ALWAYS, YOU CAN VOTE FOR YOUR TOP 10!
Author: James Scanlan
Source: Eurovision Ireland