Netherlands at ESC

The Netherlands were one of seven countries who participated in the very first Eurovision in Lugano in 1956 (in fact they performed the very first entry).   Since then they’ve missed only four contests.  In 1985 and 1991 the contest coincided with Remembrance Day (May 4th) and in 1995 and 2002 they were “relegated” from the contest after a poor performance the previous year.  Duncan Laurence’s win in Tel Aviv with “Arcade” was their fifth triumph, slotting them into equal third on the ESC medal table alongside France, Luxembourg and the UK.    Here’s a look at some of their more interesting contributions …

1956  Jetty Paerl  “De vogels van Holland”

1957  Corry Brokken  “Net als toen”

1972  Sandra & Andres “Als het om de liefde gaat”

1980  Maggie MacNeal  “Amsterdam”

1998  Edsilia Rombley “Hemel en aarde”

2014  The Common Linnets  “Calm After The Storm”