Netherlands

The Netherlands is one of the founding members of the Eurovision Song Contest, and so was there for the very first contest in 1956. In fact, the first ever song performed at the contest came from the Netherlands. The Netherlands always participated with the exception of two occasions on the 4th May (National Remembrance Day) and two occasions when they had to stay home because of too low a result.

The first years were very successful for the Netherlands, with wins in 1957 (Corry Brokken) and in 1959 (Teddy Scholten). There would be two more victories, in 1969 (when Lenny Kuhr with De troubadour was one of the four tying winners) and in 1975 with the group Teach-In and the famous Ding-a-dong.

Since then, there have been no more victories. The Netherlands still organised the 1980 edition of the contest (because Israel won for the second time in a row but couldn’t afford to host the contest again). Although they won a position in the top five a few times, the results overall went downhill. The 'big drought' occurred between 2005 and 2012 when the Netherlands never managed to survive the semi-finals.

That changed in 2013 with superstar Anouk’s decision to take part. She came ninth and paved the way for other big names to join. Since then, the Netherlands has only failed to reach the final once, and their best position to date was the second place finish for The Common Linnets with Calm after the Storm (2014).

The Netherlands supplied the first participant in the contest of Asian origin in 1964 (Anneke Grönloh), and the first black participant ever (Milly Scott) in 1966. Furthermore, Corry Brokken is the only Eurovision artist who came both first (1957) and last (1958).

(T: Jade Metcalfe)

Performance

Entries 60
Average Performance 40.9%

Entries

Rotterdam 2020
Jeangu Macrooy — Grow
(Jeangu Macrooy)
Tel Aviv 2019
Duncan Laurence — Arcade
(Duncan Laurence/Joel Sjöö/Wouter Hardy)
1st
498
Lisbon 2018
Waylon — Outlaw in 'em
(Waylon/Ilya Toshinskiy/Jim Beaver)
18th
121
Kyiv 2017
OG3NE — Lights and shadows
(Rick Vol/Rory de Kievit)
11th
150
Stockholm 2016
Douwe Bob — Slow down
(Douwe Bob Posthuma/Jan-Peter Hoekstra/Jeroen Overman/Matthijs van Duijvenbode)
11th
153
Vienna 2015
Trijntje Oosterhuis — Walk along
(Tobias Karlsson/Anouk Teeuwe)
14th
33
Copenhagen 2014
The Common Linnets — Calm after the storm
(Ilse DeLange/J.B. Meijers/Rob Crosby/Matthew Crosby/Jake Etheridge)
2nd
238
Malmö 2013
Anouk — Birds
(Tore Johansson/Martin Gjerstad/Anouk Teeuwe)
9th
114
Baku 2012
Joan Franka — You and Me
(Jessica Hoogenboom/Joan Franka)
15th
35
Düsseldorf 2011
3JS — Never alone
(Jaap Kwakman/Jan Dulles/Jaap de Witte)
19th
13
Oslo 2010
Sieneke — Ik ben verliefd (Sha-la-lie)
(Pierre Kartner)
14th
29
Moscow 2009
The Toppers — Shine
(Gordon/Bas van den Heuvel)
17th
11
Belgrade 2008
Hind — Your heart belongs to me
(Tjeerd van Zanen/Hind/Bas van den Heuvel)
13th
27
Helsinki 2007
Edsilia Rombley — On top of the world
(Tjeerd Oosterhuis/Martin Gijzemijter)
21st
38
Athens 2006
Treble — Amambanda
(Caroline Hoffman/Djem van Dijk/Niña van Dijk)
20th
22
Kyiv 2005
Glennis Grace — My impossible dream
(Robert D. Fischer/Bruce Smith)
14th
53
Istanbul 2004
Re-union — Without you
(Ed van Otterdijk/Angeline van Otterdijk-van Neerven)
20th
11
Riga 2003
Esther Hart — One more night
(Tjeerd van Zanen/Alan Michael)
13th
45
Copenhagen 2001
Michelle — Out on my own
(André Remkes/Dirk Jan Vermeij)
18th
16
Stockholm 2000
Linda Wagenmakers — No goodbyes
(John O'Hare/Ellert Driessen)
13th
40
Jerusalem 1999
Marlayne — One good reason
(Tjeerd van Zanen/Alan Michael)
8th
71
Birmingham 1998
Edsilia Rombley — Hemel en aarde
(Eric van Tijn/Jochem Fluitsma)
4th
150
Dublin 1997
Mrs. Einstein — Niemand heeft nog tijd
(Ed Hooijmans)
22nd
5
Oslo 1996
Maxine & Franklin Brown — De eerste keer
(Piet Souer/Peter van Asten)
7th
78
Dublin 1994
Willeke Alberti — Waar is de zon
(Edwin Schimscheimer/Coot van Doesburgh)
23rd
4
Millstreet 1993
Ruth Jacott — Vrede
(Eric van Tijn/Jochem Fluitsma/Henk Westbroek)
6th
92
Malmö 1992
Humphrey Campbell — Wijs me de weg
(Edwin Schimscheimer)
9th
67
Zagreb 1990
Maywood — Ik wil alles met je delen
(Alice May)
15th
25
Lausanne 1989
Justine Pelmelay — Blijf zoals je bent
(Jan Kisjes)
15th
45
Dublin 1988
Gerard Joling — Shangri-la
(Peter de Wijn)
9th
70
Brussels 1987
Marcha — Rechtop in de wind
(Peter Koelewijn)
5th
83
Bergen 1986
Frizzle Sizzle — Alles heeft ritme
(Peter Schön/Rob ten Bokum)
13th
40
Luxembourg 1984
Maribelle — Ik hou van jou
(Peter van Asten/Richard de Bois)
13th
34
Munich 1983
Bernadette — Sing me a song
(Piet Souer/Martin Duiser)
7th
66
Harrogate 1982
Bill van Dijk — Jij en ik
(Dick Bakker/Liselore Gerritsen)
16th
8
Dublin 1981
Linda Williams — Het is een wonder
(Cees de Wit/Bart van der Laar)
9th
51
The Hague 1980
Maggie MacNeal — Amsterdam
(Alex Alberts/Frans Smit/Sjoukje Smit/Robert Verwey )
5th
93
Jerusalem 1979
Xandra — Colorado
(Rob Bolland/Ferdi Bolland/Gerard Cox)
12th
51
Paris 1978
Harmony — 't Is Ok
(Eddy Ouwens/Dick Kooyman/Toon Gispen)
13th
37
London 1977
Heddy Lester — De mallemolen
(Frank Affolter/Wim Hogenkamp)
12th
35
The Hague 1976
Sandra Reemer — The party's over now
(Hans van Hemert)
9th
56
Stockholm 1975
Teach-In — Ding-a-dong
(Dick Bakker/Will Luikinga/Eddy Ouwens)
1st
152
Brighton 1974
Mouth & MacNeal — I see a star
(Hans van Hemert/Gerrit den Braber/Piet Souer)
3rd
15
Luxembourg 1973
Ben Cramer — De oude muzikant
(Pierre Kartner)
14th
69
Edinburgh 1972
Sandra & Andres — Als het om de liefde gaat
(Hans van Hemert/Dries Holten)
4th
106
Dublin 1971
Saskia & Serge — Tijd
(Joop Stokkermans/Gerrit den Braber)
6th
85
Amsterdam 1970
Patricia and Hearts of Soul — Waterman
(Pieter Goemans)
7th
7
Madrid 1969
Lenny Kuhr — De troubadour
(Lenny Kuhr/David Hartsema)
1st
18
London 1968
Ronnie Tober — Morgen
(Joop Stokkermans/Theo Strengers)
16th
1
Vienna 1967
Thérèse Steinmetz — Ring-dinge-ding
(Johnny Holshuyzen/Gerrit den Braber)
14th
2
Luxembourg 1966
Milly Scott — Fernando en Filippo
(Cees Bruyn/Gerrit den Braber)
15th
2
Napels 1965
Conny Vandenbos — 't Is genoeg
11th
5
Copenhagen 1964
Anneke Grönloh — Jij bent mijn leven
(René de Vos/Ted Powder)
10th
2
London 1963
Annie Palmen — Een speeldoos
(Dick Schallies/Pieter Goemans)
13th
0
Luxembourg 1962
De Spelbrekers — Katinka
(Joop Stokkermans/Henny Hamhuis/Lodewijk Post)
13th
0
Cannes 1961
Greetje Kauffeld — Wat een dag
(Dick Schallies/Pieter Goemans)
10th
6
London 1960
Rudi Carrell — Wat een geluk
(Dick Schallies/Willy van Hemert)
12th
2
Cannes 1959
Teddy Scholten — Een beetje
(Dick Schallies/Willy van Hemert)
1st
21
Hilversum 1958
Corry Brokken — Heel de wereld
(Benny Vreden)
9th
1
Frankfurt 1957
Corry Brokken — Net als toen
(Guus Jansen/Willy van Hemert)
1st
31
Liedje 1: Jetty Paerl - Liedje 2: Corry Brokken — 1: De vogels van Holland - 2: Voorgoed voorbij
(1: Cor Lemaire/Annie M.G. Schmidt - 2: Jelle de Vries)
2nd

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