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The Netherlands
Netherlands
Appearances 54 (46 finals)
First appearance 1956
Best result 1st: 1957, 1959, 1969, 1975
Worst result Last: 1958, 1962, 1963, 1968, 2011 (SF)

The Netherlands was one of the seven countries competing in the very first Eurovision Song Contest in 1956. It has missed only four contests so far. 

With four victories the Netherlands ranks in the top 10 most successful Eurovision countries. Nevertheless the last victory to date was in 1975 and Dutch songs have had mixed success since, with roughly half of the songs placing in the Top-10 and the other half doing (much) worse. Notable high placings in the 1980s and 1990s were achieved by Bernadette, Marcha, Gerard Joling, Humphrey Campbell, Ruth Jacott and Edsilia Rombley, who all finished in the top ten. 

Since the Semi Final and Grand Final system was introduced in 2004, the Netherlands has reached the final on only five occasions, in 2004 with Re-Union, in 2013 with Anouk, 2014 with The Common Linnets, who finished as runner-up to Conchita Wurst and gave the country its best result since its last win, 2016 with Douwe Bob and 2017 with O'G3NE. The country had eight consecutive non-qualifiers (up to and including 2012) which is a Eurovision record and is currently ranked 11th in the list of countries with most points awarded through the years.

The country has hosted the Contest four times: in 1958, 1970, 1976 and 1980. The first three times were after winning the previous year, while the 1980 contest was staged in the Netherlands after Israel (who had won in 1979) declined to organise the event for a second consecutive year. For the same reason the Netherlands declined the right to organise the 1960 Contest.

Participants

Year Performer(s) Language Song Final Points Semi Points
1956 Jetty Paerl Dutch "De vogels van Holland" 14 No semi-finals
Corry Brokken "Voorgoed voorbij" 7
1957 Corry Brokken "Net als toen" 1 31
1958 Corry Brokken "Heel de wereld" 9 1
1959 Teddy Scholten "Een beetje" 1 21
1960 Rudi Carrell "Wat een geluk" 12 2
1961 Greetje Kauffeld "Wat een dag" 10 6
1962 De Spelbrekers "Katinka" 13 0
1963 Annie Palmen "Een speeldoos" 13 0
1964 Anneke Grönloh "Jij bent mijn leven" 10 2
1965 Conny Vandenbos "'t Is genoeg" 11 5
1966 Milly Scott "Fernando en Filippo" 15 2
1967 Thérèse Steinmetz "Ring-dinge-ding" 14 2
1968 Ronnie Tober "Morgen" 16 1
1969 Lenny Kuhr "De troubadour" 1 18
1970 Hearts of Soul "Waterman" 7 7
1971 Saskia & Serge "Tijd" 6 85
1972 Sandra & Andres "Als het om de liefde gaat" 4 106
1973 Ben Cramer "De oude muzikant" 14 69
1974 Mouth & MacNeal English "I See A Star" 3 15
1975 Teach-In "Ding-a-Dong" 1 152
1976 Sandra Reemer "The Party's Over" 9 56
1977 Heddy Lester Dutch "De mallemolen" 12 35
1978 Harmony "'t Is OK" 13 37
1979 Xandra "Colorado" 12 51
1980 Maggie MacNeal "Amsterdam" 5 93
1981 Linda Williams "Het is een wonder" 9 51
1982 Bill van Dijk "Jij en ik" 16 8
1983 Bernadette Dutch, English "Sing Me a Song" 7 66
1984 Maribelle Dutch "Ik hou van jou" 13 34
1985 Did not participate
1986 Frizzle Sizzle Dutch "Alles heeft ritme" 13 40
1987 Marcha "Rechtop in de wind" 5 83
1988 Gerard Joling "Shangri-La" 9 70
1989 Justine Pelmelay "Blijf zoals je bent" 15 45
1990 Maywood "Ik wil alles met je delen" 15 25
1991 Did not participate
1992 Humphrey Campbell Dutch "Wijs me de weg" 9 67
1993 Ruth Jacott "Vrede" 6 92
1994 Willeke Alberti "Waar is de zon?" 23 4
1995 Did not participate
1996 Maxine & Franklin Brown Dutch "De eerste keer" 7 78 9 63
1997 Mrs. Einstein "Niemand heeft nog tijd" 22 5 No semi-finals
1998 Edsilia Rombley "Hemel en aarde" 4 150
1999 Marlayne English "One Good Reason" 8 71
2000 Linda Wagenmakers "No Goodbyes" 13 40
2001 Michelle "Out On My Own" 18 16
2002 Did not participate
2003 Esther Hart English "One More Night" 13 45
2004 Re-Union "Without You" 20 11 6 146
2005 Glennis Grace "My Impossible Dream" Failed to qualify 14 53
2006 Treble Imaginary, English "Amambanda" 20 22
2007 Edsilia Rombley English "On Top of the World" 21 38
2008 Hind "Your Heart Belongs to Me" 13 27
2009 De Toppers "Shine" 17 11
2010 Sieneke Dutch "Ik ben verliefd (Sha-la-lie)" 14 29
2011 3JS English "Never Alone" 19 13
2012 Joan Franka "You and Me" 15 35
2013 Anouk "Birds" 9 114 6 75
2014 The Common Linnets "Calm After the Storm" 2 238 1 150
2015 Trijntje Oosterhuis "Walk Along" Failed to qualify 14 33
2016 Douwe Bob "Slow Down" 11 153 5 197
2017 O'G3NE "Lights and Shadows" 11 150 4 200
2018 Waylon "Outlaw in 'Em" 18 121 7 174

Voting history