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.
Maggie MacNeal – Amsterdam
In 1980, the Netherlands chose Maggie MacNeal to represent it in the 25th Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie was representing the Netherlands for the second time. Her first time was in 1974 – as a part of Mouth and MacNeal – when they finished 3rd. MacNeal was chosen internally, just like her song.
The song “Amsterdam”, which is the Dutch capital’s name, was composed by Frans Smit, Robert Verwey and Sjoukje Smit-van’t Spijker and the lyrics were written by Alex Alberts. The conductor of the live performance was Rogier van Otterloo. The song glorifies Amsterdam. That can be justified by the fact that the contest was held in the Netherlands in that year. The song finished 5th with 93 points. The song was also recorded in English, French and German.
Maggie MacNeal was born in 1950 in Tilburg, Netherlands. Her real name is Sjoukje van’t Spijker. She was part of the duo Mouth and MacNeal. The duo’s most famous song is “How Do You Do”, which was released in 1972. The song reached the first place on the Dutch charts and entered the on the Top-10 of the US charts.
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.
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.