In this week’s quiz, it’s Dutch trivia time! It’s the turn of the defending champions to come under the microscope, to test your knowledge of their participation in Eurovision, participation that goes right back to the beginnings of the contest in the 1950s. With a number of victories under their belt, they are one of the most successful countries, and of course will be welcoming us to Rotterdam/Maastricht (delete as appropriate) in May next year. Expect lots of questions about their stars and, at times, failures of Eurovisions in this short quiz.
So You Think You Know… is a series that will arrive each Wednesday, each time focusing on a new active Eurovision country. We are continuing alphabetically and next week, we will be covering Norway! In the meantime, take the trivia quiz and show us how well you know the current champions, the Netherlands and their history in Eurovision!
Before Duncan won in 2019, when was the last time the Netherlands had won?
Teach-In with... well, hold up there a second.
Who entered three times in a row for the Netherlands (and was also the first Dutch winner) in the 1950s?
Lys and Fud were regular entrants for Switzerland and Belgium respectively in the early days of the contest. Corry and Teddy were both Dutch entrants, but it was Corry who entered in 1956, 1957 and 1958 as the Dutch entrant (one of two in 1956), winning on her second attempt.
What was the name of Teach-In's winning song?
Who gave the Netherlands their best result of the 2000s? (Sorry)
13th with 45 points was the best result for the Netherlands in their dark decade. Note 'No Goodbyes' from 2000 also finished 13th but with 5 less points, I didn't put it in to avoid confusion.
Amambanda was partly in an imaginary language. It was the first time an imaginary language was used in the contest, true or false?
Sanomi, the much more successful alternative, had been entered 3 years before Amanbanda, in 2003.
Since their renaissance started in 2013 by Anouk, what has been the defining genre of the majority of Dutch entries?
It's been very notable and gives the Dutch entries an air of this specialisation. It's unusual, particularly as internationally famous Dutch artists are more commonly their dance DJs, but it's been very country in the Dutch Eurovision camp for a while now. The only ones that aren't country are Anouk, O3GNE and Duncan and the first two aren't entirely un-folksy.
Calm After The Storm ended up going to #9 in the UK Singles Chart, the highest charting Eurovision song in the UK from that year. Which other non-winning Dutch song has charted in the UK top 10?
1974 was probably a peak of UK Eurovision mania, as the entire top 3 ended up in the UK top 10 eventually, I See A Star coming 3rd. Even the British entry, Olivia Newton John, and this was back when the UK actually cared about their entries, had to settle for 11th.
Which member of the Common Linnets entered for the Netherlands again, later?
That was a test to see if you didn't need their names to know that Waylon (the guy) of course entered in 2018. Ilse DeLange has yet to make another appearance in Eurovision.
The Netherlands have given the most points to which country in Eurovision (Grand Final only)?
Yes, it's everyone's favourite, Sweden. Netherlands have Sweden 17 points ahead of Belgium on their all-time vote table.
Duncan Laurence won Eurovision by playing at what?
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