The Netherlands
Duncan Laurence from the Netherlands at his winner's press conference.
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The Netherlands

The Netherlands entered the first Eurovision Song Contest in 1956. The Netherlands has won the Eurovision Song Contest 5 times in total. Two times in the 1950s, one time in the 1970s, one time, shared with 3 other countries in 1969 and most recently in 2019.

The Netherlands won the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time in 1957 and won again in 1959, setting an early record of two victories in the first four years. After a record-setting 1950s, the new decade didn’t bring much success to the Dutch entries and, in fact, they came last three times until Lenny Kuhr finished as one of the four winners of the 1969 Eurovision Song Contest. De Troubadour was a folk-inspired ballad about the impact the music has on the audiences in the Middle Ages.

ABBA won the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest so we move to Stockholm where the Netherlands were drawn to open the competition with the up-tempo Ding-A-Dong from the group Teach-In. The song won the contest, the first time that the show’s opener became the winner and one that put the Netherlands again at the leaderboard with four victories, tying with France, who overtook the Netherlands when they won for the fifth time in 1977.

In 1980. Dutch television stepped in to host the Eurovision Song Contest after Israel declined to stage the contest for the second year in a row. From 2005 to 2012 the Netherlands didn’t qualify for a single Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest. However, the Dutch fortunes in the Eurovision Song Contest have changed in recent years with notable results of Anouk who took the country to 9th place in the Grand Final in 2013 and The Common Linnets who were the runner-up in the 2014 Grand Final.

In 2019, Duncan Laurence changed the game completely by bringing the trophy home to the Netherlands after the country missed out on first place for 44 long years. Duncan received 492 points for his winning song Arcade.

Participation history

Jetty Paerl
De Vogels Van Holland
Final
2nd
Corry Brokken
Voorgoed Voorbij
Final
2nd
Corry Brokken
Net Als Toen
winner
Final
31 points 1st
Corry Brokken
Heel De Wereld
Final
1 points 9th
Teddy Scholten
Een Beetje
winner
Final
21 points 1st
Rudi Carrell
Wat Een Geluk
Final
2 points 12th
Greetje Kauffeld
Wat Een Dag
Final
6 points 10th
Annie Palmen
Een Speeldoos
Final
13th
Anneke Grönloh
Jij Bent Mijn Leven
Final
2 points 10th
Conny Van den bos
Het Is Genoeg
Final
5 points 11th
Milly Scott
Fernando En Philippo
Final
2 points 15th
Thérèse Steinmetz
Ring-dinge
Final
2 points 14th
Ronnie Tober
Morgen
Final
1 points 16th
Lenny Kuhr
De Troubadour
winner
Final
18 points 1st
Saskia and Serge
De Tijd
Final
85 points 6th
Sandra and Andres
Als Het Om De Liefde Gaat
Final
106 points 4th
Ben Cramer
De Oude Muzikant
Final
69 points 14th
Mouth and MacNeal
I See A Star
Final
15 points 3rd
Teach-In
Ding-A-Dong
winner
Final
152 points 1st
Sandra Reemer
The Party's Over Now
Final
56 points 9th
Heddy Lester
De Mallemolen
Final
35 points 12th
Harmony
't Is Ok
Final
37 points 13th
Xandra
Colorado
Final
51 points 12th
Maggie MacNeal
Amsterdam
Final
93 points 5th
Linda Williams
Het Is Een Wonder
Final
51 points 9th
Bill van Dijk
Jij En Ik
Final
8 points 16th
Bernadette
Sing Me A Song
Final
66 points 7th
Maribelle
Ik Hou Van Jou
Final
34 points 13th
Frizzle Sizzle
Alles Heeft Ritme
Final
40 points 13th
Marcha
Rechtop In De Wind
Final
83 points 5th
Gerard Joling
Shangri-la
Final
70 points 9th
Justine Pelmelay
Blijf Zoals Je Bent
Final
45 points 15th
Maywood
Ik Wil Alles Met Je Delen
Final
25 points 15th
Humphrey Campbell
Wijs Me De Weg
Final
67 points 9th
Ruth Jacott
Vrede
Final
92 points 6th
Willeke Alberti
Waar Is De Zon
Final
4 points 23rd
Maxine and Franklin Brown
De Eerste Keer
Final
78 points 7th
Mrs. Einstein
Niemand Heeft Nog Tijd
Final
5 points 22nd
Edsilia Rombley
Hemel En Aarde
Final
150 points 4th
Marlayne
One Good Reason
Final
71 points 8th
Linda Wagenmakers
No Goodbyes
Final
40 points 13th
Michelle
Out On My Own
Final
16 points 18th
Esther Hart
One More Night
Final
45 points 13th
Re-union
Without You
qualifier
Semi-Final
146 points 6th
Grand Final
11 points 20th
Glennis Grace
My Impossible Dream
Semi-Final
53 points 14th
Treble
Amambanda
Semi-Final
22 points 20th
Edsilia Rombley
On Top Of The World
Semi-Final
38 points 21st
Hind
Your Heart Belongs To Me
First Semi-Final
27 points 13th
The Toppers
Shine
Second Semi-Final
11 points 17th
Sieneke
Ik Ben Verliefd (Sha-la-lie)
Second Semi-Final
29 points 14th
3JS
Never Alone
Second Semi-Final
13 points 19th
Joan Franka
You And Me
Second Semi-Final
35 points 15th
Anouk
Birds
qualifier
First Semi-Final
75 points 6th
Grand Final
114 points 9th
The Common Linnets
Calm After The Storm
qualifier
First Semi-Final
150 points 1st
Grand Final
238 points 2nd
Trijntje Oosterhuis
Walk Along
First Semi-Final
33 points 14th
Douwe Bob
Slow Down
qualifier
First Semi-Final
197 points 5th
Grand Final
153 points 11th
OG3NE
Lights and Shadows
qualifier
Second Semi-Final
200 points 4th
Grand Final
150 points 11th
Waylon
Outlaw In 'Em
qualifier
Second Semi-Final
174 points 7th
Grand Final
121 points 18th
Duncan Laurence
Arcade
qualifier
Second Semi-Final
280 points 1st
winner
Grand Final
498 points 1st

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