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 time round its the turn of the Netherland’s Even Year Entries – songs that entered the contest in years ending in 2, 4, 6, 8 or 0 – including their entry for the contest that never was, Jeangu Macrooy’s Grow from 2020!
Our poll for Odd Years yielded this Top 10 last week:
- Vrede (1993) – 228 points
- One More Night (2003) – 186 points
- Arcade (2019) – 183 points
- Ding-A-Dong (1975) – 170 points
- De Troubadour (1969) – 169 points
- Birds (2013) – 162 points
- Een Beetje (1959) – 157 points
- Colorado (1979) – 154 points
- Rechtop In De Wind (1987) – 135 points
- One Good Reason (1999) – 131 points
Your favourite not here? Take a look HERE to see where the other songs finished. Now it’s time to see who joins this Top 10 for the Dutch final next week!
REMEMBER! AS ALWAYS, YOU CAN VOTE FOR YOUR TOP 10!
Author: James Scanlan
Source: Eurovision Ireland
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