This weeks special guest is used to feeling the pressure – despite shrugging it off at Eurovision – and she’s back with new music. Also back is our Triple Play, which is anything but flat despite the destination. Your fan favourite brings us bang up to date, as does our regular check on the latest Eurovision news…
The Netherlands has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 62 times since making its debut as one of the seven countries at the first contest in 1956. The country has missed only four contests, twice because the dates coincided with Remembrance of the Dead (1985, 1991) and twice because of being relegated due to poor results the previous year (1995 and 2002). They hosted the contest in Hilversum (1958), Amsterdam (1970), twice in The Hague (1976 and 1980) and Rotterdam (2020[a], 2021). They have won the contest five times, with Corry Brokken (1957), Teddy Scholten (1959), Lenny Kuhr in a four-way tie (1969), Teach-In (1975) and Duncan Laurence (2019). The country’s other top five results are Sandra and Andres fourth (1972), Mouth and MacNeal third (1974), Maggie MacNeal fifth (1980), Marcha fifth (1987), Edsilia Rombley fourth (1998), and second with The Common Linnets (2014). The Netherlands finished last in 1958, 1962, 1963, 1968, and in the second semifinal in 2011. After the introduction of the semi-finals in 2004, the Netherlands failed to reach the final for eight years in a row from 2005 to 2012, but has since reached eight of the last nine finals.
This Weeks Highlights
Anouk Schemmekes, professionally known by the mononym Anouk, is a Dutch singer and songwriter. After her 1997 breakthrough rock single Nobody’s Wife, she had numerous hit records – both albums and singles, primarily in the Dutch and Belgian charts. Many of her albums topped at least the Dutch album charts; most of them going Platinum – with multiple debuting in number 1 position and achieving multiple platinum certification. Her most famous singles include: R U Kiddin’ Me, Michel, Girl, Lost, Modern World, Three Days in a Row, Birds, and Woman.
Anouk represented the Netherlands at the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Malmö, Sweden, with the song “Birds”. Her song made it to the final – the first time since 2004 for the Netherlands, finished 9th with 114 points, and scored her another big domestic hit.
|2||Europe’s Living A Celebration||Rosa||2002 Spain|
|3||Sing Me A Song||Bernadette||1983 Netherlands|
|4||Without You||Re-Union||2004 Netherlands|
|6||Chain Of Lights||Anita Simoncini & Michele Perniola||2015 San Marino|
|7||What’s The Pressure||Laura Tesoro||2016 Belgium|
|8||We Here||Laura Tesoro||2022 Non Contest|
|9||Per Lucia||Riccardo Fogli||1983 Italy|
|10||Lights Off||We Are Domi||2022 Czech Republic|
|11||When We’re Old||Ieva Zasimauskaite||2018 Lithuania|