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Netherlands
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Capital city Amsterdam
Population 16,785,000
Area 42,679 km²
Internet TLD nl
Member station NTS (1956-1969)NOS (1970-2009)
TROS (2010-)
National selection events Nationaal Songfestival
Appearances
Appearances 53
First appearance 1956
Best result 1st: 1957,1959,1969,1975
Worst result Last: 1958,1962,1963,1968,2011sf

History

The Netherlands was one of the seven countries competing in the very first Eurovision Song Contest in 1956. It has missed only four contests so far.With four victories the Netherlands ranks in the top 10 most successful Eurovision countries. Nevertheless the last victory to date was in 1975 and Dutch songs have had mixed success since, with roughly half of the songs placing in the Top-10 and the other half doing (much) worse. Notable high placings in the 1980s and 1990s were achieved by Bernadette, Marcha, Gerard Joling, Humphrey Campbell, Ruth Jacott and Edsilia Rombley, who all finished in the top ten. Edislia Rombley’s 1998 entry (Hemel en Aarde) remains the Netherlands’ most successful post-1975 song, finished fourth in Birmingham.
Since the Semi Final and Grand Final system was introduced in 2004, the Netherlands has reached the final only once (with Re-Union in 2004). The country has had eight consecutive non-qualifiers (up to and including 2012) which is a Eurovision record. The Netherlands is currently ranked 11th in the list of countries with most points awarded through the years.
The Netherlands has hosted the Eurovision Song Contest four times: in 1958, 1970, 1976 and 1980. The first three times were after winning the previous year, while the 1980 contest was staged in the Netherlands after Israel (who had won in 1979) declined to organise the event for a second consecutive time. For the same reason the Netherlands declined the right to organise the 1960 contest.

1956



The Netherlands held a national final to select the two entrants that Nederlandse Omroep Stichting (NOS), the Dutch broadcaster, would send to the inaugural Eurovision Song Contest in Lugano, Switzerland. The final was held on 24 April 1956.”De vogels van Holland” (“The birds of Holland”) by Jetty Paerl and “Voorgoed voorbij” (“Over forever”) by Corry Brokken were chosen as the two Dutch entries. The votes of the first contest were never announced.

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The birds of Holland
The birds of Holland are so musical
They already learn to twitter in their early youth
The blackbird, the thrush and the nightingale
So they can celebrate the spring in Holland

It’s no wonder, because nowhere the puddles are so blue
As in Holland, mister
As in Holland, madam
It’s no wonder, because nowhere the grass is so dewy
Are the girls so sweet, are the girls so faithfull
And that’s why all the birds here are
So musical
So musical
So musical

Across the whole world I’ve heard birds sing
To the south, to the west, to the north
In many faraway countries I’ve heard birds sing
They sing little songs without words

The French birds sing toodledoo
Japanese birds sing toodledoo
Chinese birds sing toodledoo
But nowhere the birds sing so happily and cheerfully
As in Holland in spring in the meadow

The birds of Holland are so musical
They already learn to twitter in their early youth
The blackbird, the thrush and the nightingale
So they can celebrate the spring in Holland

It’s no wonder, because nowhere the puddles are so blue
As in Holland, mister
As in Holland, madam
It’s no wonder, because nowhere the grass is so green
Are the girls so sweet, are the girls so faithfull
And that’s why all the birds here are
So musical
So musical
So musical

Over for good
Over for good
Now we’ll never be together again
My darling
What have I done to you?

Over for good
Your windows are closed
But just like then
I still see violets

The whole world smells good
The spring-flower is colouring
Ah, why is there every year a new May?
For me, it’s over forever
The spring of my life
That season of mirth
It’s all over

For you it was just a game
I know very well that
You didn’t mean it that way
But me, I did mean it
I felt it very deeply

The whole world smells good
The spring-flower is colouring
Ah, why is there every year a new May?
For me, it’s over forever
The spring of my life
That season of mirth
It’s all over

1957


The Netherlands were represented in the Eurovision Song Contest 1957 by Corry Brokken with the song “Net als toen” written by Guus Jansen and Willy van Hemert. The Dutch entry was chosen during a national final called Nationaal Songfestival and the country would go on to the win the Eurovision Song Contest.
Like in the previous year, a national final titled National Songfestival was held with eight songs competing. Four singers took part in the selection, each of them presenting two songs. Corry Brokken was the only singer from the 1956 national final who tried again. Again, the show was hosted by Karin Kraaykamp. Corry Brokken, who was already one of the two Dutch representatives in the 1956 Eurovision Song Contest, was the clear winner of the national final, her entries finished first and second. Marcel Thielemans finished third and fourth, but way behind her. The winning song was “Net als toen” and would be the third Dutch entry in the Eurovision Song Contest.
Corry Brokken was backed by violinist Sem Nijveen, who had a remarkable long solo part. The Netherlands won the Eurovision Song Contest. At the close of voting, the Dutch entry had received 31 points and at least one point from every other country. It would be the clearest victory ever in this voting system as they got 31% of all votes and 34.4% of the votes possible to be received (as no country can vote for itself).

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Just like then
Don’t be so drowsy with that eternal paper
Don’t yawn from sleep or boredom
I’m your wife and I eat out of your hand
But I don’t eat from charity

Don’t look at me as if you think: ‘are you still alive?’
Am I still that woman
With whom you once – when was it again? –
Wanted to have that little adventure at all costs?

Be nice once again, just like then
Ask me once again for a kiss
Bring me roses again, blush again
When you see me, just like then
Be nice and gallant once again
Find me beautiful and charming again
Then the world will be just like before
A fairyland

Yes, you’re getting fat and your hair is turning grey
But you still can flirt, believe me
Ah, sometimes you act like a child, so silly
Gruff and wanton by turn

Do you remember? Do you remember? Don’t say no now
Do you remember, that you said then?
The happiest couple, that’s the both of us
My love, dearest darling, never ends

Be nice once again, just like then
Ask me once again for a kiss
Bring me roses again, blush again
When you see me, just like then
Be nice and gallant once again
Find me beautiful and charming again
Then the world will be just like before
A fairyland

1958


The Netherlands was represented by Corry Brokken, with the song ‘”Heel de wereld”, at the 1958 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 12 March in Hilversum. “Heel de wereld” was chosen at the Dutch national final on 11 February. Brokken had taken part in both previous Eurovisions, and her victory in Frankfurt the previous year with “Net als toen” had brought the contest to the Netherlands for the first time.
The national final took place at the AVRO TV studios in Hilversum (the same venue in which the Eurovision final took place), hosted by Tanja Koen.The winning song was chosen by postcard voting; the full ranking of the songs is known, but information on votes received is only available for the top five songs.
At the close of voting “Heel de wereld” had received only 1 point (from Switzerland), placing the Netherlands joint last (with Luxembourg) of the 10 entries.
Brokken thus became the only performer in Eurovision history ever to have finished both first and last; it was also the only year to date in which the host country ended the evening at the bottom of the scoreboard.

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The whole world
I must tell my secret to the whole world
Because I’m happy
The whole world is now twice as important to me
Because now I know what happiness is

But isn’t this world too busy?
Who still has time for happiness?
Yet I want to cheer because
I must tell my secret to the whole world
Because I’m happy

Shall I write cards to let everyone know?
Shall I advertise in the paper?
It doesn’t matter for me how I tell it
But it must be known throughout the country

But isn’t this world too busy?
Who still has time for happiness?
Yet I want to cheer because
I must tell my secret to the whole world
Because I’m happy

1959


The Netherlands was represented by Teddy Scholten, with the song ‘”Een beetje”, at the 1959 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 11 March in Cannes, France. Scholten went on to win the 1959 contest for the Netherlands, the first time a country had scored two Eurovision victories. The 1957 contest winner Corry Brokken failed in her bid to represent the Netherlands for a fourth consecutive year, while future Dutch representative Greetje Kauffeld was also among those taking part.
The national final took place at the AVRO TV studios in Hilversum, hosted by Karin Kraaykamp. The winning song was chosen by votes from regional juries, then an “expert” jury decided which of the two performers and versions of the winning song should go to Cannes. After “Een beetje” was announced the winner, the expert jury chose Scholten with the full orchestra version of the song.
At the close of voting “Een beetje” had received 21 points, winning the contest by a 5-point margin over runners-up the United Kingdom. The Netherlands thus became the first country to win Eurovision twice.
Rumours after the contest suggested that the Italian jury had awarded a very high 7 points to “Een beetje” in order to reduce the chances of a French or British win, but these were never substantiated.

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A bit
I wanted that your heart was a closet with a little door
And that I could look in the little interior
Then you had to be sincere, good or bad, but true
And then you would soon say, when I asked: ‘are you faithful?’

A bit, everyone is in love at least once, you know that
You want to be sensible, but you forget that
As soon as you whisper, listen to some Amor
Then you know, it will be something like Faust and Greetje
With little rendezvous in a little café
And strolling in the moonshine

With smell of roses
And kissing goodbye at the door
The night is blue, you whisper mouth to mouth
I swear eternal allegiance to you

A bit, you were in love more than once, mister, you know that
Your heart came up with a little idea more than once
You were sorry, but ah you know, sometimes you forget
Maybe a bit too soon, your little oath of loyalty

But actually, I’m happy that my heart has no door either
Because you never know what may live there in the interior
I’m willing to promise, when we get engaged
And you ask: ‘are you faithful?’, I’ll never say to you…

With smell of roses
And kissing goodbye at the door
The night is blue, you whisper mouth to mouth
I swear eternal allegiance to you

A bit, you were in love more than once, mister, you know that
Your heart came up with a little idea more than once
You were sorry, but ah you know, sometimes you forget
Maybe a bit too soon, your little oath of loyalty

1960


The Netherlands was represented by Rudi Carrell, with the song ‘”Wat een geluk”, at the 1960 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 29 March in London. Although Teddy Scholten had won the previous contest for the Netherlands, Dutch broadcaster NTS declined to host the contest for a second time in two years, so 1959 runners-up the United Kingdom had agreed to host the 1960 contest, which was staged by the BBC at London’s Royal Festival Hall.
Song and singer were chosen independently of each other at the Dutch national final, held on 9 February. Other participants included future Dutch representatives Greetje Kauffeld (1961) and Annie Palmen (1963).
At the close of voting “Wat een geluk” had received 2 points (1 each from Belgium and Italy), placing the Netherlands 12th of the 13 entries, ahead only of Luxembourg. Carrell’s bad result marked the start of a very poor Eurovision decade for the Netherlands, in which the country never placed higher than 10th again until Lenny Kuhr’s shared victory in the 1969 contest.

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What a luck
What a luck that I’m a little piece of the world
That I know the songs of the siskins and the blackbirds
And that I can join in with all that lives
And can breathe with all that has a breath

I’m so happy that there are always daffodils in May
And that there are fruit, butterflies, foals, birds and fish
And all that happiness is only thanks to you
Because I love you terribly, incurable

When you ask me then: ‘is that trite?’
I say yes, but I moan on yet for a while
Ah, what am I to do, because I love you
And that is simply something beyond description

I only have the familiar ‘darling, I love you’
The ‘sweatheart, I love you’ and the old ‘be faithful to me’
Myself, I think it’s very primitive too
But why then are you so sweet?

What a luck that I am a piece of the world
That I know the songs of the siskins and the blackbirds
And that I can join in with all that lives
And that I can breath with all that has a breath

La la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la
La la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la

What a luck that I’m a little piece of the world
That I know the songs of the siskins and the blackbirds
And that I can join in with all that lives
And can breathe with all that has a breath

I’m so happy that there are always daffodils in May
And that there are fruit, butterflies, foals, birds and fish
And all that happiness is only thanks to you
Because I love you terribly, incurable

I only have the familiar ‘darling, I love you’
The ‘sweatheart, I love you’ and the old ‘be faithful to me’
Myself, I think it’s very primitive too
But why then are you…
Oh, why then are you…
Yes, why then are you so sweet?

La la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la
La la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la

1961


The Netherlands was represented by Greetje Kauffeld, with the song ‘”Wat een dag”, at the 1961 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 18 March in Cannes, France. For the first time the Dutch entry was chosen internally with no National Songfestival being held. Kauffeld had taken part in the three previous Dutch preselections of 1958, 1959 and 1960.
At the close of voting “Wat een dag” had received 6 points (2 from Italy and Yugoslavia, and 1 from France and Germany), placing the Netherlands joint 10th (with Finland and Monaco) of the 16 entries.

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What a day
Together in the classroom
Sometimes he carried my bag
Later on, a day to the seaside
Nothing special, but if you just knew
What he means to me after today
You have no idea

What a day
What a day
Really a day when everything can be done
When everything which at first seemed a dream
Exists in reality

What a day
What a day
Really a day when everything succeeds
I have even picked some flowers unpunished
In the park across the street

I’m walking in the street, singing
Hey, old neighbour
Don’t look so sour
I do no harm
I’m only madly happy
Just don’t bother about me

What a day
What a day
People, can I please
Waste this day and do crazy stuff?
I’m so in love

What a day
What a day
Really a day when everything can be done
When everything which at first seemed a dream
Exists in reality

What a day
What a day
Really a day when everything succeeds
I have even picked some flowers unpunished
In the park across the street

I’m walking in the street, singing
Hey, old neighbour
Don’t look so sour
I do no harm
I’m only madly happy
Just don’t bother about me

What a day
What a day
People, can I please
Waste this day and do crazy stuff?
I’m so in love
So in love, quite simply
Like a fool in love

1962


The Netherlands was represented by duo De Spelbrekers, with the song ‘”Katinka”, at the 1962 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 18 March in Luxembourg City. “Katinka” was the winner of the Dutch national final for the contest, held on 27 February.
The national final was held at the Theater Concordia in Bussum, hosted by Hannie Lips and Elisabeth Mooy. “Katinka” emerged the clear winner by a 28-point margin. Future Dutch representative Conny Vandenbos (1965) was one of the other participants.
The duo’s performance was somewhat hampered by a technical problem midway through the song when the stage lighting failed temporarily and they had to continue singing for a time in near-darkness. Voting was by each national jury awarding 3, 2 and 1 points to their top three songs, and at the end of the evening “Katinka” (along with the entries from Austria, Belgium and Spain) had failed to pick up a single point, the second time the Netherlands had finished at the foot of the scoreboard. 1962 was the first contest in which any entry failed to score, but the “honour” of being Eurovision’s first ever nul-pointer is generally awarded to Belgium’s Fud Leclerc, as he had performed earliest of the four in the running order.

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Katinka
Every morning, at half past eight
We meet Katinka
Red bonnet and blond locks
Bright yellow shirt, blue skirt
But she trips silently beside her mum
That’s why all the boys who long for her, sing

Little coquettish Katinka
Now, look round for once
Sneaky over your shoulder
Your mum doesn’t see it, so come on
Little coquettish Katinka
Are you maybe shy?
We really want to see for a moment
A glimpse of your tip-tilted nose

Every morning, sun or rain
We meet Katinka
Heels tick-tack on the sidewalk
Short skirt with narrow cut
But her look doesn’t betray no or yes
That’s why all the boys who long for her, sing

Little coquettish Katinka
Now, look round for once
Sneaky over your shoulder
Your mum doesn’t see it, so come on
Little coquettish Katinka
Are you maybe shy?
We really want to see for a moment
A glimpse of your tip-tilted nose

Little coquettish Katinka
Now, look round for once
Sneaky over your shoulder
Your mum doesn’t see it, so come on
Little coquettish Katinka
Are you maybe shy?
We really want to see for a moment
A glimpse of your tip-tilted nose

La la, la la la, la la la
La la, la la la, la la la
La la, la la la, la la la
La la, la la la, la la la

1963


The Netherlands was represented by Annie Palmen, with the song ‘”Een speeldoos”, at the 1963 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 23 March in London. Palmen was chosen internally as the Dutch representative by broadcaster NTS; she had previously taken part in the preselection in 1960.The 1963 Dutch selection is notable for the fact that the National Songfestival could not be broadcast due to industrial action, also that the title and lyrics of the winning song were changed twice before the Eurovision final.Palmen performed the three songs (“Kijk, daar is de zon”, “Geen ander” and “Hoor je mij”) for the jury alone and “Geen ander” was chosen as the winner.
“Een speeldoos” (along with the entries from Finland, Norway and Sweden) had failed to pick up a single point, the third time the Netherlands had finished at the foot of the scoreboard. The Netherlands thus became the first country to score nul points twice, and in consecutive years.

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A musical box
A musical box
A musical box
From times long gone

There was a very littly shepherdess
Made of fragile white china
And when the musical box tinkled
Then she danced elegantly to the refrain

There was a shepherd facing her
But he was unapproachable
Because even when she asked
The musical box for a dance
He didn’t come closer

He couldn’t be happy either
So far away from her
But a fairy came softly
On a spring night
And touched them very carefully

The shepherd and his sherpherdess
Are now a couple for ever
And when you don’t want to believe this story
Ask it once to that fairy yourself
Because this fairy tale is true

He couldn’t be happy either
So far away from her
But a fairy came softly
On a spring night
And touched them very carefully

The shepherd and his sherpherdess
Are now a couple for ever
And when you don’t want to believe this story
Ask it once to that fairy yourself
Because those two are really together now
Really, this fairy tale is true

1964


The Netherlands was represented by Anneke Grönloh, with the song ‘”Jij bent mijn leven”, at the 1964 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 21 March in Copenhagen. Grönloh was selected internally by broadcaster NTS and the song was chosen at the national final on 24 February.
Only an audio recording of Grönloh’s performance survives, as it is believed that the video master of the 1964 contest was destroyed in a fire at the Danish TV archive in the 1970s and no other broadcaster had recorded the show or requested a copy. Voting was by each national jury awarding 5, 3 and 1 points to their top three songs, and at the close of voting “Jij bent mijn leven” had received 2 points (1 each from Denmark and the United Kingdom), placing the Netherlands joint 10th (with Belgium) of the 16 entries.

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You’re my life
I know that you’re lying
And that you’re cheating me
But I accept it
Because you’re my life

All the things you said
Will come to nothing
That has many times
Chased away confidence

But I’m staying next to you
Wherever you might go
Nothing can separate us

I know that you’re lying
And that you’re cheating me
But I accept it
Because you’re my life

You, you can fantasize
That you almost believe it yourself
You, you have every time
Promised me heaven on earth

I know that you’re lying
And that you’re cheating me
But I accept it
Because you’re my life

All the things you said
Will come to nothing
That has many times
Chased away confidence

But I stay next to you
Wherever you might go
Nothing can separate us

I know that you’re lying
And that you’re cheating me
But I accept it
Because you’re my life

I know that you’re lying
And that you’re cheating me
But I accept it
Because you’re my life
Because you’re my life
Because you’re my life

1965


The Netherlands was represented by Conny Vandenbos, with the song ‘”‘t Is genoeg”, at the 1965 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 20 March in Naples, Italy. Five acts participated in the Dutch preselection, which consisted of five qualifying rounds, followed by the final on 13 February. All the shows were held at the Theater Concordia in Bussum, hosted by the 1959 Eurovision winner Teddy Scholten. Vandenbos had previously taken part in the Dutch preselection of 1962. Future Dutch representative Ronnie Tober (1968) was one of the other participants.
“‘t Is genoeg” had received 5 points (all from Norway), placing the Netherlands 11th of the 18 entries. The Dutch jury awarded its 5 points to contest winners Luxembourg.

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It’s enough
It’s enough
I have enough of all the games with fire
I have enough of all the beautiful compliments
And presents, it’s enough
I want to be happy
It’s enough

What you promised me seemed so romantic
But soon that fairy tale appeared to be a deceptive appearance
And when you threw our love away that evening in May
That was enough

Maybe you loved me
I was so happy with you
That I gladly wanted to share my life with you
But that you’re always lying
And cheating me consciously
Is unacceptable to a woman
Who, always faithful
Would tell you then:

It’s enough
I have enough of all the games with fire
I have enough of all the beautiful compliments
And presents, it’s enough
I want to be happy
It’s enough

I’ve known many men
And also illusions

I don’t believe in romances anymore, for a long time now
In the long term every adventure finds
Its ending in grief anyhow
That’s enough

Yet I’m still dreaming of
A quite common man
One who can love me sincerely and unrestrained
I’m tired of flirting
Ready for true love
Because I’m still a young woman
Who, always faithfully
Would tell him then:

It’s enough
I have enough of all the games with fire
Even though you don’t give me any nice compliments
The moments of luck
You give them enough
It’s enough
It’s enough
It’s enough

1966


The Netherlands was represented by Milly Scott, with the song ‘”Fernando en Filippo”, at the 1966 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 5 March in Luxembourg City. Five acts participated in the Dutch preselection, which consisted of five qualifying rounds, followed by the final on 5 February. All the shows were held at the Tivoli in Utrecht, hosted by the 1959 Eurovision winner Teddy Scholten.Scott earned a place in Eurovision history as the first black performer to appear on stage, and would later state somewhat controversially (and without any real evidence) that she believed her poor result at Eurovision was attributable, at least in part, to racism.
Voting was by each national jury awarding 5-3-1 to its top three songs, and at the close of the voting “Fernando en Filippo” had received 2 points, placing the Netherlands 15th of the 18 entries. During most of the voting procedure “Fernando en Filippo” had appeared to be heading for the infamous nul-points, until the last two countries to vote (Ireland and the United Kingdom) each awarded 1 point to the song

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Fernando & Philippo
Fernando, Fernando
Guitarist from Santiago
Plays the whole evening solo
And then drives to San Antonio

Philippo, Philippo
Is totally different from Fernando
Really, he doesn’t get into his car
To drive to San Antonio

But Fernando is longing so much for her
Even though he’s tired, he takes his guitar
Gives his songs and his love as a present to her
In San Antonio

Fernando, Fernando
Guitarist from Santiago
Plays the whole evening solo
And then drives to San Antonio

Fernando, Fernando
Guitarist from Santiago
Plays the whole evening solo
And then drives to San Antonio

But once the dice were loaded against him
One night he couldn’t find his girl anymore
She went in the evening to Philippo
Disappeared alone from San Antonio

Philippo, Philippo
Now says in the evening to Fernando:
Just wait a while, because she’ll be here soon
She’s coming for me from San Antonio

1967


The Netherlands was represented by Thérèse Steinmetz, with the song ‘”Ring-dinge-ding”, at the 1967 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 8 April in Vienna. The national final was hosted by Leo Nelissen on 22 February from the Kloosterhoeve in Harmelen, the smallest town ever to play host to a Dutch final.
At the close of voting “Ring-dinge-ding” had received only 2 points (1 each from Ireland and the United Kingdom), placing the Netherlands joint 14th (with Austria and Norway) of the 17 entries, ahead only of the zero points entry from Switzerland. This continued the string of bad results the Netherlands had suffered throughout the 1960s.However the song has remained quite well remembered, as it is often cited as one of the classic examples of the facile “ring-ding-bang-boom” school of bouncy Eurovision songs particularly prevalent in the 1960s and 1970s.

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Ring-ding-a-ding
When I feel like singing out loud
Jumping through the house and the streets
When a street musician, very elegantly
Bows to me with his hat in his hand

When I feel like drinking vodka in the morning
And clinking spontaneously with the baker
Well, then it’s no question:
Today will be again a day without one dissonance

This will be a ring-ding-a-ding-a-ding
Ring-ding-a-ding-a-ding
Ring-ding-a-ding-a-ding
Ring-a-ding day
Ring-ding-a-ding-a-ding
Ring-ding-a-ding-a-ding
Ring-ding-a-ding-a-ding day

When I laugh about a hand full of staples
And I want to shoot the weathercock off the tower
With a water cannon, in a balloon
When I float through the air and frolick with the sun

When the barrel organ is playing along the canals
I give more than the street musician expected
Because then it’s no question:
I hear today the music of a little carillon

This will be a ring-ding-a-ding-a-ding
Ring-ding-a-ding-a-ding
Ring-ding-a-ding-a-ding
Ring-a-ding day
Ring-ding-a-ding-a-ding
Ring-ding-a-ding-a-ding
Ring-ding-a-ding-a-ding day

When I’m going to call a minister
To tell him the joke of the day
When I dance, when I swing, ask for noise
Well, then I found my niche

When I want to hire a beat group at night
For a solemn dinner with the neighbours
When everyone laughs then, I’ll say tonight
This day was again endlessly fine

This was a ring-ding-a-ding-a-ding
Ring-ding-a-ding-a-ding
Ring-ding-a-ding-a-ding
Ring-a-ding day
Ring-ding-a-ding-a-ding
Ring-ding-a-ding-a-ding
Ring-ding-a-ding-a-ding day
Ring-ding-a-ding-a-ding day
Ring-ding-a-ding-a-ding
Ring-ding-a-ding-a-ding
Ring ding-a-ding-a-ding day

1968


The Netherlands was represented by Ronnie Tober, with the song ‘”Morgen”, at the 1968 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 6 April in London. “Morgen” was the winner of the Dutch national final for the contest, held on 28 February. Tober had previously finished second in the Dutch preselection in 1965.The national final was held at the Tivoli in Utrecht, hosted by Elles Berger.
On the night of the final Tober performed second in the running order, following Portugal and preceding Belgium. At the close of voting “Morgen” had received just 1 point (from Italy), placing the Netherlands joint last (with Finland) of the 17 entries. This was the fourth (and to date last) time the Netherlands ended the evening at the bottom of the scoreboard.

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Morning
Morning, just come soon now
That morning, chooses you for a wife
That morning, sun, happy and blue
What a day

Morning, takes a night
That morning, summery and soft
That morning, sunlight and laugh
What a day

You’re a night away from me
Day away from me, hour of my life
Such a time takes long without you

I was for a very long time underway
For a long time underway, an endless road
Such a time takes long without you
My far-away wife

Morning, seemed like an idea
That morning, you didn’t come with me
That morning, became a cliché
Of a day

Morning, the grass will smell again
That morning, when you were there
That morning, sad farce
Of a day

You stayed that night away from me
Day away from me, stayed out of my life
The end came suddenly without you

I was in vain underway
For a long time underway, an endless road
The end came suddenly without you

You stayed a night away from me
Day away from me, stayed out of my life
The end came suddenly without you

I was in vain underway
For a long time underway, an endless road
The end came suddenly without you
My far-away wife

1969


The Netherlands was represented by Lenny Kuhr, with the song ‘”De troubadour”, at the 1969 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place in Madrid on 29 March. “De troubadour” was the winner of the Dutch national final for the contest, held on 26 February, and went on to become one of the winners in the infamous four-way tie which ended the 1969 contest.The national final was held at the Circustheater in Scheveningen, hosted by Pim Jacobs.”De troubadour” emerged the narrow winner by a 1-point margin. Former Dutch representative Anneke Grönloh (1964) was among the participants
At the close of voting “De troubadour” had received 18 points, making the Netherlands joint winners of the contest along with France, Spain and the United Kingdom, as there was no mechanism in place at the time to determine an outright winner if more than one country tied for first place on the scoreboard. The Netherlands had not appeared to be in serious contention until France, voting third from last, awarded 6 of its 10 points to “De troubadour”. This was the Netherlands’ third Eurovision victory and brought to an end a dreadful run in which the country had failed to place higher than 10th since 1959.The Netherlands later won the right to host the 1970 contest after lots were drawn by the four winning nations.

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The troubadour
He was bursting with music
He sang for large and small public
He changed happiness to melancholy
The troubadour

For knights in the Knight’s Hall
He sang in tough, strong language
A long and bloody story
The troubadour

But also the workmen in the barn
Heard his song full of adventure
Heard nearby the nightly kitchenfire
The troubadour, the troubadour

And in the inn of the city
He sang a drinking song on the dampness
For those who could still stand and those who sat
The troubadour, the troubadour

La la la la la la lay la la lay la la…
La la la lay la la la…
La la la la la la lay la la lay la la…
La la la lay la la la…

He sang in the monestry his song silently
About a miracle that occurs
Also when nobody sees the wonder
The troubadour

Women dressed in velvet or grey
Whose hearts he sang in a flurry
His love song was braught along on trips
The troubadour

He sang for farmers on the land
A fellow song he wrote himself
He was from all walks of life
The troubadour, the troubadour

Like this he sang his whole life long
His own song, his own singing
But still death just goes its way
The troubadour, the troubadour

Then it became quiet, the song has ended
Only some mud in conclusion
But those who were comforted by his song
Don’t forget him

Because he was bursting with music
He sang for large and small public
He changed happiness to melancholy
The troubadour

Oh… la la la la la la lay la la lay la la…
La la la lay la la la…
La la la la la la lay la la lay la la…
La la la lay la la la…

Oh… la la la la la la lay la la lay la la…
La la la lay la la la…
La la la la la la lay la la lay la la…
La la la lay la la la…
La, ho, ho, ha

1970


The Netherlands was represented by three-sister group Hearts of Soul, with the song ‘”Waterman”, at the 1970 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place in Amsterdam on 21 March. “Waterman” was the winner of the Dutch national final for the contest, held on 11 February.Although “Waterman” was a very contemporary-sounding song in the style of popular American group The 5th Dimension, its victory at the national final was contentious as it was chosen over the clear public favourite, the folk music-influenced “Spinnewiel” by Saskia & Serge. The decision by broadcaster NOS to select Saskia & Serge internally as the Dutch representatives the following year was widely seen as a tacit acknowledgement that public opinion would have preferred them as the representatives in 1970.
The national final was held at the Congresgebouw in The Hague, hosted by Pim Jacobs.”Waterman” emerged the winner by 1 point over “Spinnewiel”. As well as Saskia & Serge, future Dutch representatives Sandra Reemer (1972, 1976 & 1979) and Ben Cramer (1973) were also among the participants.
1970 was the last year in which Eurovision rules only allowed for solo performers or duos, so to circumvent this the group was billed as ‘Patricia and the Hearts of Soul’ and the song was staged with Patricia singing up front and Bianca and Stella standing behind and to the left of her, ostensibly as backing singers. At the close of voting “Waterman” had received 7 points (3 from Italy and Yugoslavia and 1 from the United Kingdom), placing the Netherlands 7th of the 12 entries.Under the name of Dream Express, the group would later represent Belgium in the 1977 contest, while Stella also represented Belgium as a solo singer in 1982.

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Aquarias
Aquarius, are you an Aquarius?
Then your sign of the zodiac matches mine
Intuitively, I already love you
It’s just like you simply belong to me

Aquarius, my sign and talisman
From now on you belong to me
Aquarius, gentle Waterman
My dearest man, that’s what you are

Sign of the zodiac, that doesn’t play with hearts
But that wants to help people, always
You just don’t know a rough dominant tone
You always look for warm humanity

Aquarius, my sign and talisman
From now on you belong to me
Aquarius, gentle Waterman
My dearest man, that’s what you are

Aquarius, my sign and talisman
From now on you belong to me
Aquarius, gentle Waterman
My dearest man, that’s what you are

You are always fair
Always faithful and solidary
But also often so credulous
And somewhat deaf to evil
Sometimes so serious, almost shy
But endlessly affectionate
Aquarius

1971


The Netherlands was represented by Saskia & Serge, with the song ‘”Tijd”, at the 1971 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 3 April in Dublin. The song was the winner of the Dutch national final for the contest, held on 24 February. Saskia & Serge were selected internally by broadcaster NOS as the 1971 performers; it is widely thought that this was done in response to the 1970 preselection in which the couple’s song “Spinnewiel” was placed runner-up by the juries despite being the overwhelming favourite of the Dutch public.
The national final was held at the NOS studios in Hilversum, hosted by Willy Dobbe. Saskia & Serge performed six songs.
Saskia’s performance was hampered by a microphone problem on the opening lines of the song, where her voice was inaudible and the audience and TV viewers heard loud audio feedback. At the close of voting “Tijd” had received 85 points, placing the Netherlands joint 6th (with Sweden) of the 18 entries.

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Time
You sent me your dreams
But that wasn’t enough
I asked you to come yourself
I asked it way too early

Desire is a blossom
And a blossom becomes a fruit
And storms are composed
Of breath, sigh by sigh

You sent me stories
I read them way too quick
A necklace with thousand beads
And still you weren’t back

A bird migrates southward
Exactly on an hour and day
And those who didn’t shed tears
Don’t recognize a real laugh

You come to warm me
The dot is coming closer
I can almost feel your arms
The waiting is over

The time sets the rhythm
And goes its own way
And someone who wants to go even faster
Makes it twice as long

1972


The Netherlands was represented by duo Sandra & Andres, with the song ‘”Als het om de liefde gaat”, at the 1972 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 25 March in Edinburgh. Sandra & Andres, an established act with five previous top 10 hits to their name, were internally selected by broadcaster NOS.Sandra (full name Sandra Reemer would appear twice more at Eurovision in 1976 and 1979.The national final was held at the Theater Carré in Amsterdam, hosted by Willy Dobbe.
The pair, both dressed in outfits in vivid shades of green, gave a confident and engaging performance of the night’s most bouncy, uptempo song and at the close of voting “Als het om de liefde gaat” had received 106 points, placing the Netherlands 4th of the 18 entries.
“Als het om de liefde gaat” reached number 3 on the Dutch Singles chart and was also released in English, French and German versions.

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When it’s all about love
Na na na na na na na na
What shall I do
To be yours today already?
Na, na-na, na-na-na, na-na
What would you do
To be mine today already?

Hey, should I be original
Or is it too early for that?
Just act normal
That’s crazy enough already
Na, na-na, na-na-na, na-na
There’s still the question
Am I yours or are you mine?

Ah, how difficult it is to be an honest person
When it’s all about making a pass
You can’t always say what you’re really feeling
You’re afraid to make a blunder

Yes, people, just act normal
We’re crazy enough as it is
Especially when it’s about love

Na, na-na, na-na-na, na-na
What shall I do
To be yours today already?
Na, na-na, na-na-na, na-na
What would you do
To be mine today already?

Ohohoh, should I be original
Or is it too early for that?
Just act normal
That’s crazy enough already
Na, na-na, na-na-na, na-na
There’s still the question
Am I yours or are you mine?

Ah, how difficult it is to be an honest person
When it’s all about love
You can’t always say what you’re really feeling
You’re afraid to make a blunder

Yes, people, just act normal
We’re crazy enough as it is
Especially when it’s about love

Na, na-na, na-na-na, na-na
What shall I do
To be yours today already?
Na, na-na, na-na-na, na-na
Na-na, na-na
Na-na, na-na-na-na-na

Na, na-na, na-na-na, na-na
Na-na, na-na
Na-na, na-na-na-na-na
Na-na, na-nanana-na-na-na

1973


The Netherlands was represented by Ben Cramer, with the song ‘”De oude muzikant”, at the 1973 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 7 April in Luxembourg City. Cramer was selected internally by broadcaster NOS to be the Dutch representative and the song was chosen at the national final on 28 February.
The Netherlands was considered one of the most contemporary-minded countries when it came to choosing Eurovision entries, so the choice in 1973 of a stylistically and lyrically very old-fashioned song, which would not have sounded out of place in a 1950s contest, was widely regarded as rather strange.
The national final was held at the Theater Carré in Amsterdam, hosted by Viola van Emmenes and Simon van Collem.
At the close of voting “De oude muzikant” had received 69 points, placing the Netherlands 14th of the 17 entries.[2]
“De oude muzikant” has a poor reputation among Eurovision fans and an open poll rated it one of the ten worst songs of the 1970s.

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The old musician
Through the streets of Paris
Still the same tune sounds
Played by the old musician
You already hear him across the street

Once he was very famous
His name was mentioned all the time
Now he’s very old and grey
Older than the city of Paris

Through the streets, over squares
Sounds that one song
This melody will never disappear
Even though you don’t know it

Lonely are his days now
Nobody who knows him anymore
He plays his accordeon
And he thinks of how it once began
Now, life is grubby en grey
In the streets of Paris

His friends don’t know him anymore
Only now, they look down on him
He still plays for money on the street
From early in the morning till late at night

Nobody who waits for him anymore
But sometimes he seems to be laughing again
He was famous all over the country
That old grey musician

Through the streets, over squares
Sounds that one song
This melody will never disappear
Even though you don’t know it

Lonely are his days now
Nobody who knows him anymore
He plays his accordeon
And he thinks of how it once began
Now, life is grubby en grey
In the streets of Paris

1974


The Netherlands was represented by duo Mouth & MacNeal (Willem Duyn and Maggie MacNeal), with the song ‘”I See a Star”, at the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place in Brighton, England on 6 April. Mouth & MacNeal were internally selected by broadcaster NOS to be the Dutch representatives .The national final was held on 27 February at the Jaarbeurs in Utrecht, hosted by Willem Duys.
The free-language rule applied in 1974, so prior to the contest the song was translated into English as “I See a Star” and performed in English at the final.On the night of the final Mouth & MacNeal performed 12th in the running order, following Belgium and preceding Ireland. In 1974 the voting system reverted to the ten jury members in each country with one vote each model, and at the close of voting “I See a Star” had received 15 points from ten countries, placing the Netherlands 3rd of the 17 entries. The Dutch jury awarded its highest score (4) to Greece Mouth & MacNeal’s upbeat and engaging performance at Eurovision proved memorable, and following the contest “I See a Star” went on to become a major hit across Europe. It reached number 8 on the UK Singles Chart, making it one of only three non-UK / non-winning Eurovision entries to have reached the British top 10 performed by its original artists (the others being “Volare” by Domenico Modugno, third in 1958, and Gigliola Cinquetti’s runner-up “Sì”, also from 1974).

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I see a star
The days and nights went by, but no one told me
They can be fun too, if you only see
There’s such a lot of beauty you can live for
You only need someone to open up your eyes
And you will see things never seen before

I see a star, a brand new star
It’s right there, twinklin’ in your eyes
I see a face, a happy face
It’s like the mirror of my mind

I see a star, a brand new star
It’s right there, twinklin’ in your eyes
I see a face, a happy face
It’s like the mirror of my mind

You opened up my eyes for all the beauty
The beauty we’re inhaling every day
It’s been there all my life, so it’s my duty
I won’t lose sight of it, the fire that you lit
Will keep on burning ’til the end of time

I see a star, a brand new star
It’s right there, twinklin’ in your eyes
I see a face, a happy face
It’s like the mirror of my mind

I see a star, a brand new star
It’s right there, twinklin’ in your eyes

Happiness now is being shared by two
I just started my life anew

I see a star, a brand new star
It’s right there, twinklin’ in your eyes
I see a face, a happy face
It’s like the mirror of my mind

1975


The Netherlands was represented by six-member group Teach-In, with the song ‘”Ding-A-Dong”, at the 1975 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place in Stockholm on 22 March. Teach-In were chosen as the Dutch representatives at the national final on 26 February, and went on to win the 1975 contest for the Netherlands.The national final was held at the Jaarbeurs in Utrecht, hosted by Willem Duys.
On the night of the final Teach-In performed first in the running order, preceding Ireland. 1975 saw the introduction of the current Eurovision scoring system, and “Ding-A-Dong” received six maximum 12 points votes from Israel, Malta, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. At the close of voting it had received 152 points in total (with points from every other participating country), winning the contest by a 14-point margin over runners-up the United Kingdom. This was the Netherlands’ fourth (and to date last) Eurovision victory. The Dutch jury awarded its 12 points to Luxembourg.

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Ding-a-dong
When you feelin’ alright, everything is up-tight
Try to sing a song that goes ding ding-a-dong
There will be no sorrow when you sing tomorrow
And you walk along with your ding-dang-dong

Ding-a-dong every hour, when you pick a flower
Even when your lover is gone, gone, gone
Ding-a-dong, listen to it, maybe it’s a big hit
Even when your lover is gone, gone, gone
Sing ding-ding-dong

When you feelin’ alright, everything is up-tight
Listen to sing a song that goes ding ding-a-dong
And the world looks sunny, everyone is funny
When they sing a song that goes ding-dang-dong

Ding-a-dong every hour, when you pick a flower
Even when your lover is gone, gone, gone
Ding-a-dong, listen to it, maybe it’s a big hit
Even when your lover is gone, gone, gone
Sing ding-ding-dong

(Ding-dang-dong, ding-a-dang-dong)
When you think it’s all over, they let me down
Dry your tears and forget all your sorrow
Try to smile while you say goodbye
(Ding-dong ding-dong)
Ding-dang-dong when you’ll wake up tomorrow
When the sun is up in the sky

When you feelin’ alright, everything is up-tight
Try to sing a song that goes ding ding-a-dong
There will be no sorrow when you’ll sing tomorrow
And you walk along with your ding-dang-dong

Ding-a-dong every hour, when you pick a flower
Even when your lover is gone, gone, gone
Ding-a-dong, listen to it, maybe it’s a big hit
Even when your lover is gone, gone, gone

Ding-a-dong every hour, when you pick a flower
Even when your lover is gone, gone, gone
Ding-a-dong, listen to it, maybe it’s a big hit
Even when your lover is gone, gone, gone
Sing ding-ding-dong

1976


The Netherlands was represented by Sandra Reemer, with the song ‘”The Party’s Over”, at the 1976 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 3 April in The Hague, following Teach-In’s victory for the Netherlands the previous year. The song was the winner of the Dutch national final for the contest, held on 18 February. This was the second of Reemer’s three Eurovision appearances for the Netherlands: she had sung in the 1972 contest in a duo with Dries Holten (Andres), and would also take part in the 1979 contest under the name of Xandra.
Prior to the contest, there was controversy when some other national delegations laid accusations that “The Party’s Over” plagiarised the 1968 Mary Hopkin hit “Those Were the Days”. The allegations of plagiarism were considered and rejected by contest organisers the European Broadcasting Union, who conceded that the songs were very similar in style and structure, but did not find any similarity between the actual melodies.
The national final was held at the Congresgebouw in The Hague (the same venue where the Eurovision final was to take place) on 18 February, hosted by Willem Duys. All the acts were well-known hitmakers in the Netherlands, and an extra point of interest for viewers was that one of the other participants was Reemer’s former singing partner Holten, now performing with his new partner Rosy: reportedly by 1976 Reemer and Holten were no longer on the best of terms, so there was much anticipation to see them competing against each other. In the event, “The Party’s Over” emerged the winner while Holten’s song “I Was Born to Love” could only manage fourth place.
At the close of voting “The Party’s Over” had received 56 points from 14 countries (the highest being 8 from Israel), placing the Netherlands 9th of the 18 entries The Dutch jury awarded its 12 points to France.

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The party’s over now
The lights are low
The party’s goin’ on
And he who’s mine
He doesn’t seem to miss me
I feel alone
I think that I’ll go home
But if I stay, at least I hear him

The party’s over now
The party’s over now
At least I dream it’s over now
He’s sittin’ next to me
And we do both agree
Our life ain’t bad at all

Yes, the party’s over now
One of those bad dreams
Suddenly came over me
But now I feel at ease

The lights go out
The party’s goin’ on
And he who’s mine
Seems really to enjoy it
I hear him whisper sweet words
But not to me
I wonder, am I really dreamin’?

The party’s over now
The party’s over now
At least I dream it’s over now
He’s sittin’ next to me
And we do both agree
Our life ain’t bad at all

Yes, the party’s over now
One of those bad dreams
Suddenly came over me
But now I feel at ease

Yes, the party’s over now
One of those bad dreams
Suddenly came over me
But now I feel at ease

1977


The Netherlands was represented by Heddy Lester, with the song ‘”De mallemolen”, at the 1977 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place in London on 7 May. Lester was the winner of the Dutch national final for the contest, held on 2 February.The national final was held at the Congresgebouw in The Hague, hosted by Ati Dijckmeester.
“De mallemolen” had been one of the front-runners in pre-contest betting, but at the close of voting had managed to muster only 35 points (the highest a 10 from Belgium), placing the Netherlands 12th of the 18 entries.

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The merry-go-round
In the merry-go-round of life
You all ride your own turn
The whirligig turns also without you
Your horse is never empty for a long time
So come on, ride on the merry-go-round

At the merry-go-round of life
Everyone is waiting in a queue
Waiting till you can join in
It might take a while
But there’s a horse for everyone

In the merry-go-round of life
You all ride your own turn
The whirligig turns also without you
Your horse is never empty for a long time
So come on, ride on the merry-go-round

Once you’re in the whirligig of life
At first you might be a little scared
Then someone will hold you
Till you can do it on your own
Because the merry-go-round fear never lasts too long

In the merry-go-round of life
You all ride your own turn
The whirligig runs also without you
Your horse is never free for a long time
So come on, all ride on the merry-go-round

And that merry-go-round of human lives
Goes on till you’re dizzy
But you still hold tight
Although you don’t like it anymore
Because what’s next to the whirligig is too unknown

In the merry-go-round of life
You all ride your own turn
The whirligig runs also without you
Your horse is never free for a long time
So come on, all ride on the merry-go-round

In the merry-go-round of life
You all ride your own turn
The whirligig runs also without you
Your horse is never free for a long time
So come on, all ride on the merry-go-round

So come on, all ride on the merry-go-round
So come on, all ride on the merry-go-round

1978


The Netherlands was represented by the group Harmony, with the song ‘”‘t Is OK”, at the 1978 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place in Paris on 22 April. Harmony were the winners of the Dutch national final for the contest, held on 22 February.The national final was held at the Congresgebouw in The Hague, hosted by Willem Duys. Each juror awarded one point to his/her favourite song, with 120 points available in total. After a rather confused voting procedure (during which the juries in Gelderland and South Holland originally tried to award more than 10 points apiece), “‘t Is OK” emerged the winner by a 12-point margin.
Along with the United Kingdom’s Co-Co, Harmony came in for some criticism for their garish and clashing stage costumes. At the close of voting “‘t Is OK” had received 37 points from eight countries (including a maximum 12 from Israel), placing the Netherlands 13th of the 20 entries. The Dutch jury reciprocated the Israeli 12 points by awarding its 12 to contest winner “A-Ba-Ni-Bi”.

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It’s OK
Do you think: ‘I can’t take it anymore’?
‘All those problems, every day’
Don’t you see the sun, but storm and rain?
Is there only bad luck?

Then here’s a happy song
The medicine for your problem
Sing it along, then you’ll enjoy yourself
Get rid of your sorrows, feel fine

It’s OK, sing that melody
Happily and in harmony
Live with some sympathy
For the people around you

It’s OK, sing that melody
Happily and in harmony
Strive for some sympathy
Then you’re never alone

Don’t you have a cent to buy something
Do your dreams never come true?
And do you feel like running away?
Then make a good decision immediately

Look around you,see other people
Look at yourself and see immediately
There’s not much to wish for
When you’re healthy, you’re wealthy

It’s OK, sing that melody
Happily and in harmony
Live with some sympathy
For the people around you

It’s OK, sing that melody
Happily and in harmony
Strive for some sympathy
Then you’re never alone

It’s OK, sing that melody
Happily and in harmony
Live with some sympathy
For the people around you

It’s OK, sing that melody
Happily and in harmony
Strive for some sympathy
Then you’re never alone

1979


The Netherlands was represented by Xandra, with the song ‘”Colorado”, at the 1979 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 31 May in Jerusalem. The song was the winner of the Dutch national final for the contest, held on 7 February. Although it was claimed at the time that Xandra was the name of a six-piece band, in reality it was merely a name adopted by Eurovision veteran Sandra Reemer, who had previously represented the Netherlands in 1972 and 1976.The national final was held at the RAI Congrescentrum in Amsterdam, hosted by Martine Bijl.
At the close of voting “Colorado” had received 51 points from 10 countries (the highest being 10 from Ireland), placing the Netherlands 12th of the 19 entries The Dutch jury awarded its 12 points to France.

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Colorado
Oh, oh, Colorado, fly with me to Colorado
Oh, oh, Colorado, over the sea to Colorado
Oh, Colorado, Colorado

The dollar is not so expensive anymore
Will you go with me and cross the ocean
To a life full of adventure?

The rivers are full of fish
With a wild bear on the photo
Colorado, Colorado

Oh, oh, Colorado, fly with me to Colorado
Oh, oh, Colorado, over the sea to Colorado
Oh, Colorado, Colorado

Let’s buy a second-hand horse
Together a whole day in the saddle
Think of the petrol you would save

In the star night close to the fire
In your arms I’m dreaming
Colorado, Colorado

Oh, oh, Colorado, fly with me to Colorado
Oh, oh, Colorado, over the sea to Colorado
Oh, Colorado, Colorado

Oh, oh, Colorado, fly with me to Colorado
Oh, oh, Colorado, over the sea to Colorado
Oh, Colorado, Colorado

1980


The Netherlands was represented by Maggie MacNeal, with the song ‘”Amsterdam”, at the 1980 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place in The Hague on 19 April. 1980 was one of only three years in Dutch Eurovision history (1961 and 2008 being the others) when both performer and song were chosen internally by broadcaster NOS. MacNeal had previously finished third in the 1974 Eurovision as part of duo Mouth and MacNeal.
The 1980 contest was held in The Hague as the previous year’s winners Israel had announced that they would not be participating, and 1979 runners-up Spain declined to host the event.On the night of the final MacNeal performed 15th in the running order, following Portugal and preceding France. “Amsterdam” made a very strong start in the voting and was in the lead for the first five rounds, before fading away to finish the evening in 5th place with 93 points from 14 countries (including maximum 12s from Austria, France, Luxembourg and Turkey). The Dutch jury awarded its 12 points to Germany.

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Amsterdam
Wherever you are in the world
You think back to that moment
And you don’t know where you remember it from

But suddenly you remember
Tat there was a superb atmosphere
And it’s always coming back

In Amsterdam, Amsterdam
All kinds of things are going on
Amsterdam, Amsterdam
Exists for centuries already

Amsterdam, Amsterdam
The city where everything’s possible
Amsterdam, Amsterdam
Everyone knows it

Here you’re really never alone
You find a part of everyone
In all the things around you

Here all the people feel happy
And free in their comings and goings
With the feeling of belonging

In Amsterdam, Amsterdam
All kinds of things are going on
Amsterdam, Amsterdam
Exists for centuries already

In that city where the whole wide world greets you
You’ll find everything you’re looking for
Everywhere in plenty

In Amsterdam, Amsterdam
All kinds of things are going on
Amsterdam, Amsterdam
Exists for centuries already

Amsterdam, Amsterdam
The city where everything’s possible
Amsterdam, Amsterdam
Everyone knows it

1981


The Netherlands was represented by Linda Williams, with the song ‘”Het is een wonder”, at the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place in Dublin on 4 April. “Het is een wonder” was the winner of the Dutch national final for the contest, held on 11 March. Previous Dutch entrant Ben Cramer (1973) and future representative Maribelle (1984) were among the acts taking part.The national final was held at the Theater Zuidplein in Rotterdam, hosted by Fred Oster and Elles Berger.
At the close of voting “Het is een wonder” had received 51 points from 12 countries (the highest being 7s from Denmark, Portugal and Spain), placing the Netherlands 9th of the 20 entries.

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It’s a wonder
It’s a wonder
It’s a wonder
Yes, that I’ve met you
You give my life now a stimulation for good

It’s a wonder
It’s a wonder
When I think of what you’re doing
You give my life new courage
A little glow
A warm tingling in my blood
A love dance
A new chance
It’s a wonder

At first being happy didn’t mean much to me
I didn’t have any experience, on the contrary
Falling down and getting up without comments
And in silence I made both ends meet

It’s a wonder
It’s a wonder
Yes, that I’ve met you
You give my life now a stimulation for good

It’s a wonder
It’s a wonder
When I think of what you’re doing
You give my life new courage
A little glow
A warm tingling in my blood
A love dance
A new chance
It’s a wonder

Together with you I’m working now on a new beginning
I have my confidence back and a great mind
All the things I do, I do with pleasure
And I save every kiss now as a souvenir

It’s a wonder
It’s a wonder
Yes, that I’ve met you
You give my life now a stimulation for good

It’s a wonder
It’s a wonder
When I think of what you’re doing
You give my life new courage
A little glow
A warm tingling in my blood
A love dance
A new chance
It’s a wonder

1982


The Netherlands was represented by Bill van Dijk, with the song ‘”Jij en ik”, at the 1982 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place in Harrogate, England on 24 April. The song and performer were chosen independently of each other at the Dutch national final on 24 February.Ironically, while “Jij en ik” performed poorly at Eurovision and was forgotten immediately after, “Fantasie eiland”, which had finished second in the Dutch national final, was picked up by British record producer Tim Friese-Greene, recorded in English (as “Fantasy Island”) by the group Tight Fit, and became a top 5 hit in the UK and also a chart success in Ireland.
The national final was held at the Circustheater in Scheveningen, hosted by the 1969 Eurovision winner Lenny Kuhr.
The performance is mainly remembered for two incongruities: a famously self-conscious and uncomfortable wink at the camera by the female drummer, and the diminutive van Dijk’s routine with an extremely tall female backing singer towering over him. At the close of voting “Jij en ik” had received just 8 points (5 from Germany and 3 from Sweden), placing the Netherlands 16th of the 18 entries, ahead only of Denmark and Finland.

lyrics
You and I
Look, the swallows are back again
They have finished their journey
And the winter is on the run
You’re coming back

Look, the pear tree behind our house
Is in bloom again, stands bride again
And my dreams are coming true
You’re coming back

You and I
Have found each other again
We’ll be joined forever
No matter what way we go

You and I
Will always find each other
To start over again
It was written in the stars
That we’ll go home together

Look, along every road stands a cross
That’s the long way home
You and I come home together
You’re coming back

Look, the swallows high in the sky
Have finished their journey
Just like us no longer on the run
You’re coming back

You and I
Have found each other again
We’ll be joined forever
No matter what way we go

You and I
Will always find each other
To start over again
It was written in the stars
That we wanted to go home together

You and I
Along those different roads
We’ll meet each other again anyway
There, where the pear tree is

1983


The Netherlands was represented by Bernadette, with the song ‘”Sing Me a Song”, at the 1983 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place in Munich on 23 April. Bernadette was the winner of the Dutch national final for the contest, held on 23 February.The national final was held at the Congresgebouw in The Hague, hosted by Ivo Niehe.”Sing Me a Song” emerged the unexpected winner by a margin of just 1 point over the pre-final favourite “Een beetje van dit” by popular group Vulcano, largely thanks to the South Holland jury awarding 19 of its 30 points to the song.
At the close of voting “Sing Me a Song” had received 66 points (including a maximum 12 from Switzerland), placing the Netherlands 7th of the 20 entries. The Dutch jury awarded its 12 points to Israel.

lyrics
Sing me a song
Sing me a song
Such a little chanson
Blues, ballad or folk
Children’s songs are allowed too
And then let the people of all countries sing

Sing me a song
Sing me a song
What the world is all about is music
And music makes understanding

Sing me a sang
(Sing sing sing me a song song)
(Sing a chanson son)
Sing a chanson
(Sing me a song song)
(Come on and sing it)
About your country
(About countries)
How it is there and what do you do over there?

(Sing me a song)
Sing sing sing me a song song
Sing a chanson son
(Sing a chanson)
Sing me a song song, come on and sing it
And let me know
Can I maybe help you too?

Sing me a song
Such a little chanson
Brown, white or black
It comes from the same heart

Sing me a song
Sing me a song
What the world is all about is music
And music makes understanding

Ho ho, come on

Sing me a sang
(Sing sing sing me a song song)
(Sing a chanson son)
Sing a chanson
(Sing me a song song)
(Come on and sing it)
About your country
(About countries)
How it is there and what do you do over there?

Sing me a song
Sing a chanson
How you live
(How you live there)
Let me know it, so sing me a song

1984


The Netherlands was represented by Maribelle, with the song ‘”Ik hou van jou”, at the 1984 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place in Luxembourg City on 5 May. Maribelle was the winner of the Dutch national final for the contest, held on 14 March. She had previously missed out narrowly in the Dutch selections of 1981.The national final was held at the NOS TV studios in Hilversum, hosted by Eddy Becker.
At the close of voting “Ik hou van jou” had received 34 points from seven countries (the highest being 8 from Spain), placing the Netherlands joint 13th (with Germany) of the 19 entries: oddly, both “Ik hou van jou” and Germany’s “Aufrecht geh’n” sung by Mary Roos had been expected to fare much better in the contest than turned out to be the case. The Dutch jury awarded its 12 points to France.Despite its relatively poor and disappointing showing in the contest, “Ik hou van jou” has gone on to become a Dutch standard. The song is one of the most recognised and best-known of all Dutch Eurovision entries, has been recorded by several other artists, and is still performed regularly today.

lyrics
I love you
I love you
Only you
I can’t live in a world without you
Wherever I am
I hear your voice
I can’t forget you just like that

Take me in your arms again
Let me warm your heart
I want to give you everything
I love you so much

You belong to me
Only to me
Those are the words you once said to me
I’m so alone
Where do I have to go?
Where are the good old days gone to?

Take me in your arms again
Let me warm your heart
I want to give you everything
I love you so much

I love you
Only you
I can’t live in a world without you
I love you

1986


The Netherlands were present at the Eurovision Song Contest 1986, held in Bergen, Norway, after opting out of the previous year’s contest in Gothenburg, Sweden.The Dutch national final to select their entry, the Nationaal Songfestival ’86, was held on 1 April at the Theater De Flint in Amersfoort, and was hosted by the pianist and television host Pim Jacobs.The winning entry was “Alles heeft een ritme,” performed by the teenage girl group Frizzle Sizzle. The entry was composed by Peter Schön and Rob Ten Bokum, and the lyrics were written by Schön.
By the time the song got to Bergen, it was simply credited as “Alles heeft ritme,” changing the meaning slightly to “everything has rhythm,” from the former “everything has a rhythm.”
At the close of the voting the song had received 40 points, placing 13th in a field of 20 competing countries.

lyrics
Everyhing has rhythm
Seven o’ clock, you have to get out of your bed
Your mother is shouting from the corridor:
“Come on girl, how long is it going to take?”

Listen up, I’m just dreaming
A quarter past seven, I still have all the time
Because getting up doesn’t take an eternity

It always goes this way
You always try it again and again
In your own way, every time a little harde

Take the time for everything
Live your own rhythm
You can make everything swing
In your own rhythm

Rhythm is in everyone
And you can learn how to swing
Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah
Everything has a rhythm

The whole day you’ve been running again
Quarter past six, you’re not in time once more
Now, who whines about a futility like that?

Oh, in time, I just can’t get used to it
Listen up, does it matter?
Because I’m going my own way anyway

It always goes this way
You always try it again
In your own way, every time a little harder

Take the time for everything
Live your own rhythm
You can make everything swing
In your own rhythm

Rhythm is in everyone
And you can learn how to swing
Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah
Everything has a rhythm

Take the time for everything
Live your own rhythm
You can make everything swing
In your own rhythm

Rhythm is in everyone
And you can learn how to swing
Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah
Everything has a rhythm
Everything has a rhythm
Everything has a rhythm
Everything has a rhythm

1987


The Netherlands was represented by Marcha (Marga Bult), with the song ‘”Rechtop in de wind”, at the 1987 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place in Brussels on 9 April. The song was the winner of the Dutch national final for the contest, held on 25 March.The national final was held at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague, hosted by Astrid Joosten. Six songs, all performed by Marcha, took part, with the winner being decided by juries in the twelve Dutch provinces, “Rechtop in de wind” emerged an easy victor, the outright choice of nine of the juries, with a winning points margin of almost twice the number separating the other five songs.
Her performance is remembered by Eurovision fans as much for her classic 1980s Dynasty-style appearance (complete with huge shoulder pads and big hair) as for the song itself. At the close of voting “Rechtop in de wind” had received 83 points from 14 countries (including the maximum 12 from France and 10 from Italy and Switzerland), placing the Netherlands 5th of the 22 entries, their first top 5 finish since 1980.

lyrics
Upright in the wind
When the door fell shut
A shivering went here through the house
And the trembling went very deeply into my heart
Oh, it knocked me out, I almost counted myself out
And the value of being happy was adjusted
And the clock always ticked the word ‘over’

But upright in the wind
I’ll remain standing
I’ll go on
Just believe me
Whether it’s with or without you
Upright in the wind
Even if it’s a hurricane
If you can no longer find any solid ground
I’ll still stand upright in the wind

When the door fell shut
I told myself: “don’t look back”
Raise the bridge, make a fortress of your heart
And restrain your tears, save them for the night
When you’re still hoping and waiting in the wild darkness
But that’ll pass over, once that’ll go over too

But upright in the wind
I’ll remain standing
I’ll go on
Just believe me
Whether it’s with or without you
Upright in the wind
Even if it’s a hurricane
If you can no longer find any solid ground
I’ll still stand upright in the wind

If you can no longer find any solid ground
I’ll still stand upright in the wind
Upright in the wind
Upright in the wind

1988


The Netherlands participated at the Eurovision Song Contest 1988, held in Dublin, Ireland.After coming 5th at the 1987 contest with “Rechtop in de wind”, Dutch broadcaster Nederlandse Omroep Stichting (NOS) internally selected Gerard Joling to sing for the Netherlands at the upcoming contest in Dublin. At the Nationaal Songfestival 1988 was held on 23 March at the Congresgebouw in The Hague. Joling sang all songs in the final.
Joling performed 7th on the night of the contest, following Spain and preceding Israel. His song received 70 points, placing 9th of 22 competing countries.

lyrics
Shangri-la
Life
Love
I’m in search of Shangri-la

In a night of neon and the smell of thin beer
There’s a folding screen of rice paper standing there
The world is what someone actually wants to see
In a jungle of concrete you almost can’t feel love

Who can live without love?
I’m in search of Shangri-la
Who can live without love?
I’m in search of Shangri-la

Yes, just live by feel
Live your days aimlessly
Until tomorrow’s over again

Along every block of flats
I see a bamboo rope
Life without love
I’m in search of Shangri-la

Yes, just live by feel
Live your days aimlessly
Until tomorrow’s over again

Life
Love
I’m in search of Shangri-la

Life
Love
I’m in search of Shangri-la
I’m in search of Shangri-la

1989


The Netherlands was represented by Justine Pelmelay, with the song ‘”Blijf zoals je bent”, at the 1989 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place in Lausanne, Switzerland on 13 May. Pelmelay was the winner of the Dutch national final for the contest, held on 10 March.The national final was held at the RAI Congrescentrum in Amsterdam, hosted by Linda de Mol. Pelmelay emerged a comfortable winner by a margin of 21 points.
After a strong performance, Pelmelay’s voice famously cracked on the final long note of the song, a fact she acknowledged with a wry facial expression as the song ended. At the close of voting “Blijf zoals je bent” had received 45 points from ten countries (the highest being 10 from Italy), placing the Netherlands 15th of the 22 entries.

lyrics
Stay the way you are
You just came rolling into my life
It was different from before
I knew you already quite some years
You really didn’t like me, apparently

Stay the way that I know you now
I love you the way you are
Simply the way you are
Stay yourself, don’t change
Simply be yourself, please
Simply the way you are

In all that time you’ve experienced a lot
In spite of everything, you remained faithful
You’re my friend, my whole life
What would I be without you?

Stay the way that I know you now
I love you the way you are
Simply the way you are
Stay yourself, don’t change
Simply be yourself, please
Simply the way you are

You have so much to learn from
Come on, teach me, I love you
There’s still so much to learn from you
Come on, teach me, I love you

Stay the way that I know you now
I love you the way you are
Simply the way you are
Stay yourself, don’t change
Simply be yourself, please
Simply the way you are

1990


The Netherlands was represented by Maywood, with the song ‘”Ik wil alles met je delen”, at the 1990 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place in Zagreb on 5 May. Two semi-finals were held in February, followed by the final on 10 March.The final took place on 10 March at the Congresgebouw in The Hague, hosted by Paula Patricio
. At the close of voting “Ik wil alles met je delen” had received 25 points from 10 countries (the highest mark being 6 from France), placing the Netherlands 15th of the 22 entries.

lyrics
I want to share everything with you
You are not the only one
Who’s feeling lost
And although my words sounded rougher
Than I had meant them

I meant everything I said
I also learned
To fight for a new day
Is that wrong then?

I want to share everything with you
Want to be everything for you
And if you want to trust me
Then we’ll share the pain

Crying together
Getting crazy together
Losing our head together
Nothing is too crazy for me

Life is a merry-go-round
Life is a street
That comes to a dead end once
When you don’t know anymore where to go

A moment, yes just a moment
You think: it’s over
But I love you the way you are
Do you love me too?

I want to share everything with you
Want to be everything for you
And if you want to trust me
Then we’ll share the pain

Crying together
Getting crazy together
Losing our head together
And nothing is too crazy for me

When I see the light on the horizon
I still remember how it was
How it once started

I want to share everything with you
I want to be everything for you

Crying together
Getting crazy together
Losing our head together
Nothing is too crazy for me

1992


The Netherlands returned at the Eurovision Song Contest at the Eurovision Song Contest 1992, after withdrawing from the 1991 contest.Their entry was Humphrey Campbell with the song “Wijs me de weg” (Show me the way) after he won the Dutch national final, Nationaal Songfestival 1992. Nationaal Songfestival 1992 was held at the NOS TV studios in Hilversum on 29 March 1992, hosted by Bas Westerweel.
Campbell performed 23rd (last) on the night of the contest, following Germany. “Wijs me de weg” came 9th of 23, receiving 67 points.

lyrics
Show me the way
I searched for myself in books and in far-away countries
That’s my life, but no matter how far you search
Nobody holds the truth

Show me the way to the new country
Show me the way, take me by the hand
Show me the way to people around me

Teach me to see that it can be done otherwise
And moreover with a better plan
Show me the way, the way for everyone

I searched for myself, here and in other countries
And have been in search of friends for eternity (hohoho)
I found the truth, but I’ve seen it stranding again
The stupid dreams, stolen by the time (hohoho)

What is this life? How far can you go?
Which one can help you? Feeling or reason?
The way you search for in yourself
Never stops, never stands still, lets you live

Show me the way to my own sense
Show me the way to a new beginning
Show me the way to love for always

Show me the way
Oh, oh
Walk along

Show me the way
Show me the way
Show me the way

1993


The Netherlands was represented by Ruth Jacott, with the song ‘”Vrede”, at the 1993 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place in Millstreet, Ireland on 15 May. The song was chosen at the Dutch national final on 26 March.The final took place on 26 March at the Discotheque Escape in Amsterdam, hosted by Paul de Leeuw.”Vrede” won by a 7-point margin, having been ranked first by four of the juries.
On the night of the final Jacott performed 20th in the running order, following the United Kingdom and preceding Croatia. At the close of voting “Vrede” had received 96 points from 14 countries (including the maximum 12 from Ireland and 10 from Norway and Bosnia and Herzegovina), placing the Netherlands 6th of the 25 entries. The Dutch jury awarded its 12 points to Portugal

lyrics
Peace
Even the most expensive car can’t swim
And when it’s wet, braking becomes difficult
That’s why asphalt roads have been treated
So that no drop of water remains on their surface

We all know that magicians deceive
And that no man on earth can fly by himself
The real reason why airplanes exist now
Is the fact that gliding doesn’t happen on its own

We construct houses to withstand hurricanes
And build ships to sail through any storm
We’re working on a light bulb that never burns out
It only just doesn’t turn out very well to keep the peace
(To keep)

Each new apple tree that is born
Isn’t endowed by nature with ears to hear
But through genetics we’ll manage to teach him
How to guarantee taste and quality

We construct houses to withstand hurricanes
And build ships to sail through any storm
We’re working on a light bulb that never burns out
It only just doesn’t turn out very well to keep the peace

When no bridge is too far
Every clock will chime at the same hour
When no road is too long
No man will hit another man ever again
Woh, oh…

We construct houses to withstand hurricanes
And build ships to sail through any storm
We’re working on a light bulb that never burns out
It only just doesn’t turn out very well to keep the peace

1994


The Netherlands was represented by Willeke Alberti, with the song ‘”Waar is de zon?”, at the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place in Dublin on 30 May. The song was chosen at the Dutch national final on 26 March.The final took place on 26 March at the AT&T Danstheater in The Hague, hosted by Paul de Leeuw.
At the close of voting “Waar is de zon?” had received 4 points (all from Austria), placing the Netherlands 23rd of the 25 entries, ahead only of newcomers Estonia and Lithuania. The Dutch jury awarded its 12 points to contest winners Ireland. The low placement meant relegation from the 1995 contest for the Netherlands; the first time the country would be forced to miss a contest due to poor results.

lyrics
Where is the sun?
Where have you been?
Where did you go to?
I’ve even written you
But now I’m so tired

I had burried myself
I lost everything
My safe haven
My peace, my struggle

Where is the sun
That will warm me?
Where are your arms
And where is the source?
Where is the light
That will shine at last?
That makes the cold disappear?
I’m looking for your face

The pain is gone
But the chilliness, it remains
I’m waiting for that one thing
That will chase the silence away
I’m waiting for a sign
A voice or a word
That will break this through
I hope you can hear me

But where is the sun
That will warm me?
Where are your arms
And where is the source?
Where is the light
That will shine at last?
That makes the cold disappear?
I’m looking for your face

And suddenly you were there
I saw you going again
I even stepped aside
But you were still standing next to me
You were still walking next to me
You came home again
My heart opened again
I’m settled down again

You are the sun
That will warm me
Your strong arms
They form my source
You are the light
That will shine again now
That makes the cold disappear
I see your face

1996


The Netherlands was represented by duo Maxine and Franklin Brown, with the song ‘”De eerste keer”, at the 1996 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place in Oslo on 18 May. Five acts participated in the Dutch preselection, which consisted of five qualifying rounds, followed by the final on 3 March.
In 1996, for the only time in Eurovision history, an audio-only pre-qualifying round of the 29 songs entered (excluding hosts Norway who were exempt) was held in March in order for the seven lowest-scoring songs to be eliminated before the final. “De eerste keer” placed 9th, thus qualifying for the final.
On the night of the final the pair performed 15th in the running order, following Slovenia and preceding Belgium. At the close of the voting “De eerste keer” had received 78 points from 15 countries (including a maximum 12 from Austria), placing the Netherlands 7th of the 23 entries.

lyrics
The first time
Na na na na na na
Na na na na na na
Na na na na na na na na na
Na na na na

I was utter surprised when you called me
After such a long time
My heart suddenly skipped a beat

Oh, and you sounded still the same
And the girl within me
Braught the undermost up, just like that

Oh, it’s so long ago
Long ago
Long ago

It was like the first time
We hit it off immediately
Time stood still for a moment
I thought again: yes, I do

It was like the first time
We hit it off immediately
Time stood still for a moment
I thought again: yes, I do
Want something with you

Hey, back then I thought you were great
I was madly in love with you
Very macho and against everything

Oh, and what you never knew
I loved you very much
But actually I was very shy then

Oh, it’s so long ago
Long ago
Long ago

It was like the first time
We hit it off immediately
Time stood still for a moment
I thought again: yes, I do

It was like the first time
We hit it off immediately
Time stood still for a moment
I thought again: yes, I do
Want something

Where shall we meet and see each other again soon?
Come on, we’ll pick it up just like the first time
Whoa, yeah

It was like the first time
We hit it off immediately
Time stood still for a moment
I thought again: yes, I do

It was like the first time
We hit it off immediately
Time stood still for a moment
I thought again: yes, I do

Like the first time

1997


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.
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.

lyrics
No one has time anymore
Hoo, hoo, hoo, hoo, hoo
Hoo, hoo, hoo

Where do you have to go with all your questions
When no one wants to listen?
What do you do with your empty days?
You’d rather stop the time for a moment

Until you’ve found someone
Who has ten minutes for you
Well, it can take a long time
You wish you’re still alive by then

Because no one has time anymore
Only the time to hurry up
No, no one has time anymore
Only to think about himself
No, no, no one has time anymore
No one has time anymore

You don’t understand anything of the world
The time is expensive, because time is money
Standing still is out of the question
So tempo, that’s what matters

Although the people are still giving
They don’t linger over their feelings
By computer they can quickly
Deposit something for the good cause

Because no one has time anymore
Only the time to hurry up
No, no one has time anymore
Only to think about himself
No, no, no one has time anymore
No one has time anymore

No one has time anymore
No one has time anymore
No one has time anymore
No one, no, no

Will we ever realise
There’s much more than the factor time?
Stand still for a moment, give in to the temptation
To have some more sensitivity

Because no one has time anymore
Only the time to hurry up
No, no one has time anymore
Only to think about himself
No, no, no one has time anymore

(No one has time anymore)
Only the time to hurry up
(No one has time anymore)
No, no one has time anymore
(No one has time anymore)
Only to think about himself
(No one, no, no)
No, no, no one has time anymore

(And I still have to do this)
(And I still have to do that)
(And I still have to do this way)
Only the time to hurry up
(And I still have to do that way)
No, no one has time anymore
Only to think about himself
No, no, no one has time anymore

1998


The Netherlands were present at the Eurovision Song Contest 1998, held in Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom.The Dutch national final to select their entry, the Nationaal Songfestival 1998, was held on 8 March at the Rai Congrescentrum in Amsterdam, and was hosted by Paul de Leeuw and Linda de Mol.The winning entry was “Hemel en aarde,” performed by Edsilia Rombley and written and composed by Eric van Tijn and Jochem Fluitsma.
At the Contest, she performed under her first name only. At the close of the voting the song had received 150 points, placing 4th in a field of 25 competing countries. It was the best placing the Netherlands had seen since their last win in 1975.

lyrics

Heaven and earth
The Netherlands were cool and chilly
And especially the weather
The wind, it never fell
My love life all the more

What I read in your eyes
Lightened my fire
It’s quite often underrated
The force of nature

Heaven and earth are moving
When you’re in front of me
For me it’s proven
That fate exists

Heaven and earth are opening
When you touch me
I never wanted to believe
But there’s more
Between heaven and earth

Black skies are breaking open
On the horizon
Now I’ll warm myself
By the rays of sun
(Stralen van de zon)

I’ve tried love
It was never what it seemed
But I saw the future
When I looked into your eyes

Heaven and earth are moving
When you’re in front of me
For me it’s proven
That fate exists

Heaven and earth are opening
When you touch me
I never wanted to believe
But there’s more
Between heaven and earth

(Heaven and earth are moving)
When you’re in front of me
(For me it’s proven)
Oh, that fate exists

Heaven and earth are opening
When you touch me
I never wanted to believe
But there’s more

(Heaven and earth)
Oh, oh-oh, oh-oh-oh-oh, oh
(Heaven and earth)
Hahaha, hahaha, hahahaha
(Heaven and earth)
Rwha-a-ah whoah, oh
(Heaven and earth)
O-o-o-o-o-o-o-oh

(Heaven and earth are moving)
When you’re in front of me
(For me it’s proven)
Oh, that fate exists

(Heaven and earth are opening)
Heaven and earth
(When you touch me)
Yea-eah
I never wanted to believe
But there’s more, oho
Between heaven and earth

1999


The Netherlands were present at the Eurovision Song Contest 1999, held in Jerusalem, israel.Nederlandse Omroep Stichting (NOS), has in past years, held a national final to select their entry. The final was held at the NOS TV Studios in Hilversum,hosted by Paul de Leeuw and Linda de Mol.
Marlayne performed 11th on the night of the contest, following France and preceding Poland. At the close of the voting, she had received 71 points, placing 8th of 23 countries.

lyrics
One good reason
You know there never was a doubt in my mind
You only have to follow and learn how to read the signs
A heartache always seems so easy to find
But I will never let go, I wanna see what this love has to hide
We’ll just have to face it, rearrange and place it
I’ll never let love pass us by

Give me one good reason and I will give you two
Say: “I love you forever”, say you will, say you do
Give me one good reason and I will give you two
Say: “I love you forever”, say you will, say: “I do”

You know there never was a cloud in my eye
All we have is one chance to reach out for the clear blue skies
We’ll just have to face it, rearrange and place it
I’ll never let love pass us by

Give me one good reason and I will give you two
Say: “I love you forever”, say you will, say you do
Give me one good reason and I will give you two
Say: “I love you forever”, say you will, say: “I do”

(And then the heart…)
The heart gets stronger with every step that we take
(From the moment…)
From the moment we go to sleep till the time that we awake
(I won’t let…)
I won’t let anybody lead us astray
(And then the line…)
And then the line from me to you will never break or fade away

Give me one good reason and I will give you two
I love you forever, yes, I will, baby, I do

Give me one good reason and I will give you two
Say: “I love you forever”, say you will, say you do
Give me one good reason and I will give you two
Say: “I love you forever”, say you will, say: “I do”

Say: “I do”

2000


The Netherlands was represented by Linda Wagenmakers, with the song ‘”No Goodbyes”, at the 2000 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place in Stockholm on 13 May. Wagenmakers was the winner of the Dutch national final for the contest, held in Rotterdam on 27 February.The national final was held in the Ahoy Rotterdam arena, hosted by Paul de Leeuw.
On the night of the final Wagenmakers performed second in the running order, following Israel and preceding the United Kingdom. Despite being one of the pre-contest favourites, at the close of voting “No Goodbyes” had received a disappointing 40 points from 11 countries (the highest being 8 from Israel and Belgium), placing the Netherlands 13th of the 24 entries.
One hour into the transmission of the contest, Dutch broadcaster NOS took the decision to take the programme off the air in order to bring viewers live news updates from Enschede, where some hours earlier a huge explosion in a fireworks factory had devastated a section of the city and resulted in multiple fatalities and serious injuries. A spokesman for NOS later stated that besides having a duty to keep their viewers informed of the current situation in Enschede, they felt it would have been inappropriate to continue with the broadcast of a frivolous light-entertainment programme at such a time. The suspension of transmission meant that the votes of the Dutch back-up jury were announced during the scoring by spokesperson Marlayne, as no televoting had taken place; the Dutch jury awarded its 12 points to Turkey.

lyrics
No goodbyes
Don’t you know what you are doing to me?
This ain’t the way to work things out
Tell me something that I’ve never heard before
We gotta get off this crazy roundabout

No more doubting, no more fears
No more cheating, no more tears
No more questions, no more lies
No farewells, no goodbyes
No goodbyes

I don’t understand why you keep saying:
“Oh, everything’s just fine, there’s nothing wrong”
Something’s been happening that we cannot ignore
It’s time for us to sing a different song

No more doubting, no more fears
No more cheating, no more tears
No more questions, no more lies
No farewells, no goodbyes
No goodbyes

Oh, don’t say anything you’ll wish you hadn’t said
Just say nothing at all (say nothing at all)
‘Cause I know love will grow when you go
Don’t say goodbye, oh no

Don’t say goodbye, no goodbyes
(No goodbyes)
Don’t say anything you’ll wish you hadn’t said, my baby
(No goodbyes)
Oh no, oh no, no

(Yeah…)

2001


The Netherlands was represented by Michelle Courtens, with the song ‘”Out On My Own”, at the 2001 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place in Copenhagen on 12 May. Michelle was the winner of the Dutch national final for the contest, held in Rotterdam on 3 March.The national final was held in the Ahoy Rotterdam arena, hosted by Paul de Leeuw.
This was the sixth time the Netherlands had been drawn to open the show, a contest record which still stands, and was a poor draw for a quiet, reflective song. At the close of voting “Out On My Own” had received only 16 points (6 from Portugal, 5 from Israel, 4 from Slovenia and 1 from Russia), placing the Netherlands 18th of the 23 entries.

lyrics
Out on my own
Closing the door, leaving behind all that has been
No turn around, life begins out on my own

Follow the sun from day to day, free as a bird
Now is the time to spread my wings out on my own

Come to the conclusion I am in control
Take it with my body and my soul

I can fly over mountains, over seas
I never felt so free in the choices of my life
I can fly over mountains, over seas
I never felt so free in the choices of my life

Closing the door, leaving behind all that has been
Now is the time to spread my wings out on my own

Come to the conclusion I am in control
Take it with my body and my soul

I can fly over mountains, over seas
I never felt so free in the choices of my life
I can fly over mountains, over seas
I never felt so free in the choices of my life

Free in the choices of my life
Free in the choices of my life

2003


The Netherlands was represented by Esther Hart, with the song ‘”One More Night”, at the 2003 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place in Riga, Latvia on 24 May. 32 songs took part in the Dutch preselection, which consisted of four semi-finals in February, followed by the final on 1 March.The national final was held on 1 March at the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam, hosted by Loes Luca.
At the close of the voting “One More Night” had received 45 points from nine countries (the highest being 10 from Russia), placing the Netherlands 13th of the 26 entries. The 12 points from the Dutch televote were awarded to contest winners Turkey.

lyrics

One more night
One more night

There’s a fire that burns within us
A flame that never dies
Like a river that runs right through me
A river, old and wise

A power that can’t be stopped, oh no
If you’re with the one you love
You’ll never rise above
Being with the one you love

Give me one more night, give me one more day
And now and forever, baby come what may
Give me one more night, give me one more day
Well, let me hold you now and please stay, one more night

There’s a bright light that shines upon us
A light as old as time
And there’s a flower that keeps on growing
As long as we two rhyme

A power that can’t be stopped, oh no
If you’re with the one you love
(If you’re with the one you love)
You’ll never rise above
Being with the one you love

Give me one more night, give me one more day
And now and forever, baby come what may
Give me one more night, give me one more day
Well, let me hold you now and please stay, one more night

Take my hand and I will lead the way
We’re all in need of a brighter day, yeah
Take a stand and it’ll be okay
You’re all I need, so don’t delay
Come here and say, you’re gonna stay

One more night, give me one more day
And now and forever, baby come what may

Give me one more night, give me one more day
Now and forever, baby come what may
Give me one more night, give me one more day
Well, let me hold you now and please stay, yeah…

(One more night, give me one more day)
(Now and forever, baby come what may)

Give me one more night, give me one more day
Well, let me hold you now
(Let me hold you now)
Please stay, one more night

2004


The Netherlands was represented by Re-Union and the song “Without You”. The Dutch Songfestival has had five selection rounds where a total of 24 artists participated. The selection rounds and the National Final were held in the Pepsi Stage Theatre in Amsterdam, hosted by Nance & Humberto Tan.
At Eurovision, the performance began with an “A cappella” opening sung by the backing singers. After the music started the focus shifted to the duo who delivered their presentation on stools. The simple performance and the advantage of performing last pushed the song into the final from the semi. In the final, the song was drawn into a bad spot surrounded by stronger songs that made the Dutch performance forgettable. The song finished 20th with 11 points, which is a huge difference from the 146 points they earned in the semi-final.

lyrics
Without you
Ooh… (ooh…)
Ooh…
Ooh… (ooh…)
Ooh… (ooh yeah)

I spent my life in search for you
Not knowing what to find
Still wonder how did I pull through
Without you on my mind

Friends tell me you’re no good for me
I’ll show them all they’re wrong
‘Cause you are everything to me
It never felt so strong

Without you…
Nothing can turn out right
I lie awake all night
Without you…
I keep calling your name
My life can never be the same

You are a miracle to me
Your face I can’t forget (face I can’t forget)
I just feel we are bound to be
From the moment that we met

I’ve been waiting for someone like you
Now you’ve come my way
Sometimes I can’t believe it’s true
I hope you’re here to stay

Without you…
Nothing can turn out right
I lie awake all night
Oh yeah, without you…
I keep calling your name
My life can never be the same
Oh yeah

Listen to this heart of mine
It’s filled with dear desire
For you’re the kind I tried so long to find
You set my soul on fire

Without you…
Nothing can turn out right
I lie awake all night
Oh yeah, without you…
I keep calling your name
My life can never be the same
Oh yeah

Without you…
I lie awake all night
Oh, I keep calling you
Without you…
Without you

2005


The Netherlands were present at the Eurovision Song Contest 2005, held in Kiev, the Ukraine.To select their entry, Nederlandse Omroep Stichting (NOS), the Dutch broadcaster, decided to continue with their format of a televised national selection, consisting of four semi-finals and a final. 24 songs in total competed in these semi-finals, with the top two chosen by televoting and by an expert jury progressed to the final. The winner was Glennis Grace with the song “My Impossible Dream”.
Grace performed her song “My Impossible dream” at the semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2005, after Re-Union’s 20th place in the 2004 contest. One of the favourites to qualify to the final from the bookmakers, Grace only managed to pick up 53 points, placing 14th of 25 and failing to qualify.

lyrics
My impossible dream
You ‘n’ me – we’re driftin’ far apart
Our story has been told
Can’t you see – the writing’s on the wall?
I’ve come in from the cold
And I will follow my dream

I’ll fight the big wide world
I’ll make it on my own
Against all odds – I’m breakin’ free
The gauntlet has been thrown
My colours have been shown
Now I seek my impossible dream

Now’s the time
To hold my head up high
Find my identity
I’ll claim what’s mine
No more walkin’ in the shade, yeah…
That’s how it’s gonna be
And I will follow my dream

I’ll fight the big wide world
I’ll make it on my own
Against all odds – I’m breakin’ free
The gauntlet has been thrown
My colours have been shown
Now I seek my impossible dream

(Big world)
(I’ll make it on my own)
Against all odds
(I’m breakin’ free)

(I’ll fight the big world)
I’ll make it on my own again
(Against all odds – I’m breakin’ free)
I’m breakin’ free
The gauntlet has been thrown
My colours have been shown
Now I seek my impossible dream
Oh… my impossible dream

2006


The Netherlands’s national final for the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 was held on 12 March at the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam. The group Treble comprises Caroline Hoffman (29) and sisters Niña (19) and Djem (17) van Dijk. In 2004, they had number one hit single with Ramaganana. After three singles and an album, 2005 was a silent year for Treble. The girls are experienced percussionists and vocalists.

lyrics
Amambanda
Amambanda amambanda
Amambanda gwena mambanda
Amambanda amambanda
Gwena mamba gwena mamba

Con galapa con galapei
Con galapa con galapei
Con galapa con galapei elele
Con galapa con galapei

Con bitele con bite le leina
Con bitele con bite le leina
There is a way
To understand without a language
Don’t be afraid

There are words to find in the place you hide
Speak your mind and explain yourself today

Amambanda amambanda
Amambanda gwena mambanda
Amambanda amambanda
Gwena mamba gwena mamba

Con galapa con galapei elele
Con galapa con galapei

Con bitele con bite le leina
Con bitele con bite le leina
You’re here to stay
So move your body, everybody
There’s no shame

There are words to find in the place you hide
Know the way and trust yourself today

Amambanda amambanda
Amambanda gwena mambanda
Amambanda amambanda
Gwena mamba gwena mamba

Amambanda amambanda
Amambanda gwena mambanda
Amambanda amambanda
Gwena mamba gwena mamba

Con goelapoe lei toendaja
Con goelapoe lei toendaja
Maja gwena maja gwena
Maja gwena maja gwena

Con goelapoe lei toendaja
Con goelapoe lei toendaja
Maja gwena maja gwena
Maja gwena maja gwena

Lama coe toele toendei
Lama coe toele toendei
Maja gwena maja gwena
Maja gwena maja gwena

Con galapa con galapei
Con galapa con galapei
Con galapa con galapei elele
Con galapa con galapei

Amambanda amambanda
Amambanda gwena mambanda
Amambanda amambanda
Gwena mamba gwena mamba

Amambanda amambanda
Amambanda gwena mambanda
Amambanda amambanda
Gwena mamba gwena mamba

Amambanda amambanda
Amambanda gwena mambanda
Amambanda amambanda
Gwena mamba gwena mamba

2007


The Netherlands revealed that former Eurovision participant, Edsilia Rombley, would fly the Dutch flag in Helsinki. The Dutch entrant was selected internally by NOS, and was announced on 16 December 2006. On 11 February 2007, Edsilia sang three songs, in which she picked “Nooit meer zonder jou” to go to Helsinki. The songs were presented in the television show Mooi! Weer De Leeuw. Edsilia Rombley was born in Amsterdam on 13 February 1978. She is most prominently known from her participation in the Soundmixshow and the Eurovision Song Contest. In 1998, Edsilia was chosen to represent the Netherlands in Birmingham with the song “Hemel En Aarde”. With the song, she reached a respectable fourth place with 150 points, which is the highest position the country has achieved since their win back in 1975. After two English language albums, Edsilia released her first Dutch album in February 2007.
Edsilia performed “On Top Of The World” in the semi-final of Eurovision on 10 May in Helsinki, performing tenth in the contest, following Moldova and preceding Albania. She finished twenty-first in the competition, thus missing out on a top-ten position which would have secured her place in the finals.

lyrics
On top of the world
I’ve been trying to let you go
And I thought I was strong
But your love’s got a hold on me
And now I can’t move on

Are we making the same mistake?
Have we learned from the past?
Could this be our second chance
The one that’s gonna last?

On top of the world, I’m reaching out
On top of the world, I sing out loud
Just promise to never break my heart
I’ll give you forever

On top of the world, just you and I
So promise to never say goodbye
Now I know, we are forever more

People may come and go
But I need you to stay
Deep within, I have always known
That we would find a way

On top of the world, I’m reaching out
On top of the world, I sing out loud
Just promise to never break my heart
I’ll give you forever

On top of the world, just you and I
So promise to never say goodbye
Now I know, we are forever more

I know we’ve tried it all before
It will be better now, I’m sure
Been so blind, you make me see
How strong I am when you’re with me
Say your love is here to stay
Need you more every day

(On top of the world, I’m reaching out) Hey…
(On top of the world, I sing out loud)
Just promise to never break my heart
I’ll give you forever

On top of the world, just you and I
So promise to never say goodbye
Now I know, we are forever more
Yeah… now I know, we are forever more

2008


The Netherlands chose their representative on 23 November 2007, for the Eurovision Song Contest internally. The Netherlands decided that Hind would represent them in Belgrade with the song “Your Heart Belongs to Me”. As the Netherlands did not qualify for the final in 2007, the country needed to participate in the first semi-final, on 20 May 2008. However, the Netherlands failed to qualify to compete in the final on 24 May.

lyrics
Your heart belongs to me
I remember the time when I was in love with a fool
He stepped on my heart, bruised me, broke the golden rule
There was a time when I couldn’t tell weak from strong
A voice in my head kept saying: this can’t go on
Even though I longed, something’s wrong

You know your heart belongs to me
You made it clear to see
That we were never meant to be
Only a memory remains

Oh yes, your heart belongs to me
But I’ve got to set you free
‘Cause we were never meant to be
Together

I’ve learned my lesson, now I know where I stand
Time heals all wounds, and broken hearts will mend
I’ve read all the signs, now I’ve moved along
This carousel keeps turning on and on
And on and on, life goes on

You know your heart belongs to me
You made it clear to see
That we were never meant to be
Only a memory remains

Oh yes, your heart belongs to me
But I’ve got to set you free
‘Cause we were never meant to be
Together

I wish I was the wind, the sun, the rain
And I could hold time in my hands
In my dreams I’ll fly high so I can reach the stars
I sit on top of a mountain
And scream when nobody hears me
Nobody sees me, ho…

You know your heart belongs to me
You made it clear to see
That we were never meant to be
Only a memory remains

Oh yes, your heart belongs to me
But I’ve got to set you free
‘Cause we were never meant to be
Together

2009


The Netherlands were present at the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 in Moscow, sending their 50th entry. Nederlandse Omroep Stichting (NOS), the Dutch broadcaster, sent De Toppers to Moscow after they were internally selected. The competing song was selected at Nationaal Songfestival contest on 1 February, where “Shine” was announced the winner.
The Toppers had to compete in one of the two semi-finals. The Netherlands competed in the second semi-final on 14 May, performing 19th and last in the running order, following Estonia. However the group failed to qualify The Netherlands to the final for the fifth successive contest.

lyrics
Shine
(Shine, shine, shine)

There are so many wars right now in this world
There are so many things not right
There are too many people hurt in this world
There are too many men that fight

Time is now to make the change
Time is on our side
Love will make us glow in the dark
So open up your heart
Are you ready for a brand new start?

(Shine)
People, let your light shine
Let the darkness fade away
Step into a brighter day
Don’t forget about our world today

Let your light shine
Maybe the answer is just this simple song
Let everybody shine along
To keep the world from going wrong
Let your light shine

So many people with good heart in this world
So many, they can make a change
So the only thing that we have to do
Is love the one we hate

It will change all darkness into bright
It will touch everybody’s light
The whole world will be lighted
All people will be reunited

(Shine)
People, let your light shine
Let the darkness fade away
Step into a brighter day
Don’t forget about the role you must play

Let your light shine
Maybe the answer is just this simple song
Let everybody shine along
To keep the world from going wrong
Let your light shine

As long as we believe in good in each man
As long as we believe in love
The light will guide and take us to
The world we all dream of
Let your light shine

(Shine)
People, let your light shine
Maybe the answer is just this simple song
Let everybody shine along
To keep the world from going wrong
Let your light shine

Shine, shine, shine, shine

2010


The Netherlands entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 will be organised by TROS. In November a poll conducted by private broadcaster RTL 4 revealed that 86% of those polled would agree to a possible withdraw by the Netherlands’ due to the poor results received in past contests.
TROS has announced that the 2010 Eurovision entry will be composed by Pierre Kartner, with the singer selected through the Nationaal Songfestival contest. Kartner, also known as Father Abraham, is known for his song “The Smurf Song”, which was a number one single in 16 countries, as well as writing the 1973 Eurovision entry for the Netherlands, “De oude muzikant” performed by Ben Cramer, which achieved 14th place. Kartner was announced as the greatest Dutch composer by the Dutch Top 40.For the first time since 1998 the Netherlands’ song was performed in Dutch.
An enormous majority of Dutch press and fans have no high hopes for “Ik ben verliefd, Shalalie” at Eurovision, claiming it to be “too old-fashioned”, blaming TROS for choosing Kartner to compose the Dutch song. However an incentive has been launched amongst regional Dutch radio stations in support for Sieneke and “Ik ben verliefd, Shalalie”, with every station playing the song simultaneously on Thursday 18 February at 11:15 CET. The initiative has been supported by for Eurovision entrant for the Netherlands Marga Bult.Despite criticism “Ik ben verliefd (Sha-la-lie)” entered into the Dutch Single Top 100 at #13, as well as reaching #1 on the Dutch iTunes download chart.
Netherlands will compete in the second semi-final of the contest on 27 May, performing in the second half of the draw.The Netherlands did not get through to the final.

lyrics
I’m in love (Sha-la-lee)
I’ve forgotten where I’ve heard this song, in the summer sun
I believe it was back there with you on the beach in Lisbon
Or was it back there in Paris behind a bowl of fresh mocha ice cream?
Or possibly, it was us two above the sea in an air balloon

Shalalee shalala, shalalee shalala
I can’t get it out of my head
Shalalee shalala, shalalee shalala
I get up with it in the morning

I’m in love with you
That’s why I forget so quickly and don’t know it anymore
Shalalee shalala, shalalee shalala
That’s roughly how it goes

I’m in love, I’m in love
I’m in love, that’s quite noticeable

Or possibly, I was sitting together with you on a plane to Oslo
Or did it come from a bar in an alley, we were in Trinidad
Or was it with a good glass of wine at that sidewalk cafe in Berlin?
Or was it in Moscow where I’ve had my first kiss with you?

How can I, how can I…
How can I, how can I…
How can I possibly forget that?

Shalalee shalala, shalalee shalala
I can’t get it out of my head
Shalalee shalala, shalalee shalala
I get up with it in the morning

I’m in love with you
That’s why I forget so quickly and don’t know it anymore
Shalalee shalala, shalalee shalala
That’s roughly how it goes

Shalalee shalala, shalalee shalala
I can’t get it out of my head
Shalalee shalala, shalalee shalala
I get up with it in the morning

I’m in love with you
That’s why I forget so quickly and don’t know it anymore
Shalalee shalala, shalalee shalala
That’s roughly how it goes
Shalalee shalala, shalalee shalala
Yes, I remember it again

2011


Netherlands participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Düsseldorf, Germany, selecting their song through the national final Nationaal Songfestival 2011, organised by Dutch broadcaster TROS. In July 2010 TROS announced that they had internally selected the male trio 3JS to represent Netherlands in at the Contest in Germany.
Netherlands competed in the first half of the second semi-final of the contest, on 12 May. They failed to qualify and ended last in the second semi-final, marking the worst placing since the introducing of the semifinal and the first last place since 1968.

lyrics
Never alone
Awake your heart
You fear it, but we’ll make a start
Seems like the wind just blows your way
With clouds full of rain

And you hide, because the world ain’t right
Know that your cold and hurtin’ soul
Is never alone

Don’t waste your time
Just lift your mind
Imagination comes alive
Now you know that I’ll be by your side

Feel the risin’ hope and the sky will open
Take my hand, don’t stall, have faith
Though the road is long, there are golden gardens
At the sweet end of your trail

Lay down now, I’ll ease your heart, erase your frown
To light up the darkness in your dreams
I will be here

And we’ll find the freedom you left behind
Capture the sun, the source, it shone
You were never alone

Don’t waste your time
Just lift your mind
Imagination comes alive
Now you know that I’ll be by your side

Feel the risin’ hope and the sky will open
Take my hand, don’t stall, have faith
Though the road is long, there are golden gardens
At the sweet end of your trail

Though the road is long, there are golden gardens
At the sweet end of your trail
At the sweet end of your trail

2012


The Netherlands participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 and selected their entry in the national final Nationaal Songfestival 2012; which was organised by the Dutch broadcaster TROS.For the first time since 2005 the Dutch entry was selected through an open national final.Six acts chosen from an open call participated at the national final, which was held on 26 February 2012.
The Netherlands competed in the second semi-final on 24 May.They came 15th in the Second Semi Final with 35 points, and so did not qualify for the Final.The Netherlands received 51 points from Televote’s in this Semi Final, placing 10th, and received 31 points from the Jury vote’s, placing 16th. Combined this gave the Netherlands 35 points, placing 15th, and failing to qualify.

lyrics

You and me
I was five, you were three
We were dancing in the street
And you looked just like an angel
You looked up and saw the sky
Saw the birds and wondered why
They could fly away so high

In the morning I would wake
And my heart just couldn’t wait
To play in your backyard
In the evening I would go
Telling you I love you so
And I couldn’t wait to see you again

It’s you and me and everybody out there
And I can see that everybody knows
About you and me, but I don’t really care for it
I can see that everybody knows about us

We grew up knowing love
Thanking God up above
That we could be together forever
We would never say goodbye
‘Cause we promised, you and I
But our love couldn’t handle time

And I see you walking by my house
And wonder why we don’t play around no more
Such a shame we have no time
They were wrong and we were right
I still love you and in my mind

It’s you and me and everybody out there
And I can see that everybody knows
About you and me, but I don’t really care for it
I can see that everybody knows about us

So I’m lying in bed thinking ’bout the old days
Thinking ’bout it all and how it ends sometimes
Was it wrong or right or was I good enough?

It’s you and me and everybody out there
And I can see that everybody knows
About you and me and everybody out there
And I can see that everybody knows
About you and me, but I don’t really care for it
I can see that everybody knows about us

Flagthe real results

Netherlands 1956 Corry brokken Voorgoed voorbij
Netherlands 1956 Jetty paerl De vogels van holland
Netherlands 1957 Corry Brokken Net Als Toen 31 1
Netherlands 1958 Corry Brokken Heel De Wereld 1 9
Netherlands 1959 Teddy Scholten Een Beetje 21 1
Netherlands 1960 Rudy Carrell Wat Een Geluk 2 12
Netherlands 1961 Greetje Kauffeld Wat Een Dag 6 10
Netherlands 1962 De Spelbrekers Katinka 0 13
Netherlands 1963 Annie Palmen Een Speeldoos 0 13
Netherlands 1964 Anneke Grönloh Jij Bent Mijn Leven 2 10
Netherlands 1965 Conny van den Bos ‘T Het Is Genoeg 5 11
Netherlands 1966 Milly Scott Fernando En Philippo 2 15
Netherlands 1967 Therese Steinmetz Ringe Ding 2 14
Netherlands 1968 Ronnie Tober Morgen 1 16
Netherlands 1969 Lenny Kuhr De Troubadour 18 1
Netherlands 1970 Heart Of Soul Waterman 7 7
Netherlands 1971 Saskia & Serge De Tijd 85 6
Netherlands 1972 Sandra & Andres Als Het Om De Liefde Gaat 106 4
Netherlands 1973 Ben Cramer De Oude Muzikant 69 14
Netherlands 1974 Mouth & MacNeal I See A Star 15 3
Netherlands 1975 Teach-In Ding Dinge Dong 152 1
Netherlands 1976 Sandra Reemer The Party’s Over 56 9
Netherlands 1977 Heddy Lester De Mallemolen 35 12
Netherlands 1978 Harmony ‘T Is OK 37 13
Netherlands 1979 Xandra Colorado 51 12
Netherlands 1980 Maggie McNeal Amsterdam 93 5
Netherlands 1981 Linda Williams Het Is Een Wonder 51 9
Netherlands 1982 Bill Van Dijk Jij En Ik 8 16
Netherlands 1983 Bernadette Sing Me A Song 66 7
Netherlands 1984 Maribelle Ik Hou Van Jou 34 13
Netherlands 1986 Frizzle Sizzle Alles Heeft Ritme 40 13
Netherlands 1987 Marcha Rechtop In De Wind 83 5
Netherlands 1988 Gerard Joling Shangri La 70 9
Netherlands 1989 Justine Palmelay Blijf Zoals Je bent 45 15
Netherlands 1990 Maywood Ik Wil Alles Met Je Delen 25 15
Netherlands 1992 Humphrey Campbell Wijs Me De Weg 67 9
Netherlands 1993 Ruth Jacott Vrede 92 6
Netherlands 1994 Willeke Alberti Waar Is De Zon 4 23
Netherlands 1996 Maxine & Franklin Brown De Eerste Keer 78 7
Netherlands 1997 Mrs Einstein Niemand Heeft Nog Tijd 5 22
Netherlands 1998 Edsilia Hemel En Aarde 150 4
Netherlands 1999 Marlayne One Good Reason 71 8
Netherlands 2000 Linda Wagenmakers No Goodbyes 40 13
Netherlands 2001 Michelle Out On My Own 16 18
Netherlands 2003 Esther Hart One More Night 45 13
Netherlands 2004 Reunion Without You 11 20
Netherlands 2005 Glennis Grace My Impossible Dream 53 28
Netherlands 2006 Treble Amambanda 22 34
Netherlands 2007 Edsilia On top of the world 38 35
Netherlands 2008 Hind Your Heart Belongs To Me 27 34
Netherlands 2009 De Toppers Shine 11 36
Netherlands 2010 Sieneke I’m in love (Sha-la-lee) 29 34
Netherlands 2011 3JS Never alone 13 43
Netherlands 2012 Joan Franka You and me 35 33
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