We decided to start our new series of articles “Country Of The Month” with the 2019 winning country the Netherlands. In a period of five weeks, we are going to remind you of the best Dutch entries. Note: we selected the entries not by their place in their final, but by their impact in the fans.
The Netherlands in the Eurovision 🇳🇱
The Netherlands was among the seven countries, that took part in the first ever contest. Since then, the country has participated 60 times, missing the event only four times – 1985, 1991, 1995, 2002. In 1985 and 1991, the country withdrew from the contest, because the date of the final was the same with the Dutch Remembrance of the Dead. The other two times, the country wasn’t able to compete due to the rules of the contest.
The country has come first 5 times, in 1957, 1959, 1969, 1975 and more recently in 2019. The Netherlands has also come last 5 times in 1958, 1962, 1963, 1968 and 2011 (in the semifinal). It is noteworthy that in 1962 and 1963, it failed to score any points at all.
Since the introduction of the semifinals, Netherlands didn’t manage to qualify for 8 years in a row, from 2005 until 2012 – that’s a Eurovision Record.
Corry Brokken – Net als toen
In 1957, the Netherlands chose Corry Brokken to represent it in the second Eurovision Song Contest. Corry was also one of the two representatives of the country in the previous year. The Dutch entry was selected through a national final called National Songfestival. The winner was decided by the public, who sent postcards in order to vote their favourite song. In the national final were four participants with two songs each. It is noteworthy that the runner up song was Corry Brokken’s other song.
The song “Net als toen”, which means Just Like Then, was composed by Guus Jansen and the lyrics were written by Willy van Hemert. The conductor of the live performance was Dolf van der Linden. In the song, the singer reminds her husband their first days as a couple. The song won the contest with 31 points, 14 points more than the runner up France. The song was also recorded in French and German. That was the very first victory of the country.
Corry Brokken was born in 1932 in Breda, Netherlands. Her Eurovision win was a boost in her early career. She made a number of hits in the ’50s and ’60s and also host her own show. Her music career ended in 1976 when she decided to study law. She became a lawyer and then a judge. In the ’90s she made again a number of performings and recordings. She also hosted the 1976 contest, which was held in the Hage. Corry died on 31st of May 2016 at the age of 83.
What do you think about the song? Do you like it? Do you think is it one of the most memorable entries from the Netherlands? Let us know on the comment box below.