Next week after 45 long, long years the Eurovision will finally be back in The Netherlands. Last week several rehearsals already took place in Ahoy Rotterdam. Tomorrow the official opening will be held in the Rotterdam Cruise Terminal and on Tuesday and Thursday the semi finals will take place. After those 2 nights we know which 24 countries take part on Saturday nights final and one of those will be the next winner.
It was in 1957 when our small country won for the first time, 2 years later we di dit again. 10 years later we where one of the 4 countries who won and in 1976 it was Teach Inn. Then of course 2 years ago it was Duncan Laurence who won with the beautifull song Arcade.
After Hilversum, Amsterdam and twice The Hague the Eurovision Songcontest will be broadcasted from Rotterdam. It is the 2nd biggest city in The Netherlands with one of the largest harbours in the world. Place to be these weeks is Ahoy, one of the biggest venues in the country and originally opened as sportspalace. Due to the Corona virus only 3500 visitors are welcome to visit the shows.
Did you know that it was The Netherlands who sang the first song ever on the Eurovision in 1956? The Netherlands was also the first country to send someone with Asian roots to the contest (Anneke Grönloh in 1964 and they also send the first black contestant (Milly Scott in 1966). This year they will also have a scoop; Jeangu will be the first one who bring the Surinamese language to the contest.
We can’t wait to know who will be the winner of the 65th Eurovision Songcontest. Stay tuned for all the news we bring to you.
Chantal, Edsilia, Nikki and Jan: Take it away……..