Today, AVROTROS confirmed that The Netherlands would select their entry for the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest internally. This makes the Dutch the first host nation to select their entry internally since 1999, thus the first to do so since the turn of the millennium. That’s quite a statistic… right?
Full national finals are the most common choice for host broadcasters
Remarkably, the last time a host broadcaster selected their entry entirely behind closed doors was Israel’s IBA in 1999. In the twenty contests to take place this century so far, fifteen host entries were selected via a full national final in which the public selected both the artist and the song to represent them in their home contest.
Of the remaining five, two of them chose to select their artist via a national selection with the song choice remaining in the broadcaster’s hands. Kobi Marimi won HaKokhav HaBa in 2019 and represented Israel in Tel Aviv with the internally selected “Home”. Seven years earlier, Sabina Babayeva won her national selection in Azerbaijan and broadcaster Ictimai TV internally chose “When The Music Dies” as her entry in Baku.
How about handing over the song choice?
The other three we’ve yet to mention are those that internally selected their artist with the song being chosen via a national selection show. Lena was internally selected to represent her nation on home soil in 2011 and with “Taken By A Stranger” beating out 11 other songs to become her entry in Düsseldorf. Internally selected Anna Vissi sung “Everything” in Athens after the song’s victory in a 4-song national selection.
Back in 2004, Athena were internally selected to represent host nation Turkey in Istanbul. “For Real” was chosen as their entry via a national selection consisting of three songs in total. Fun fact, “For Real” received seven times the number of votes than the second most popular song in the 2004 Turkish song selection final, “Easy Man”.
Host entries of the 21st century
Have a look at the table below for all the information you could ever need about every host entry since the last internally selected one back in 1999. With thanks to Tim Jumawan for collating the information.
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|Year||Host Nation||Artist||Song||Result||Selection Method|
|2020||🇳🇱 The Netherlands||To be announced||To be announced||To be announced||Internal selection|
|2019||🇮🇱 Israel||Kobi Marimi||Home||23rd/26||National final for artist|
|2018||🇵🇹 Portugal||Cláudia Pascoal||O Jardim||26th/26||Full national final|
|2017||🇺🇦 Ukraine||O.Torvald||Time||24th/26||Full national final|
|2016||🇸🇪 Sweden||Frans||If I Were Sorry||5th/26||Full national final|
|2015||🇦🇹 Austria||The Makemakes||I Am Yours||26th/27||Full national final|
|2014||🇩🇰Denmark||Basim||Cliché Love Song||9th/26||Full national final|
|2013||🇸🇪 Sweden||Robin Stjernberg||You||14th/26||Full national final|
|2012||🇦🇿Azerbaijan||Sabina Babayeva||When The Music Dies||4th/26||National final for artist|
|2011||🇩🇪Germany||Lena||Taken By A Stranger||10th/25||National final for song|
|2010||🇳🇴 Norway||Didrik Solli-Tangen||My Heart Is Yours||20th/25||Full national final|
|2009||🇷🇺 Russia||Anastasiya Prikhodko||Mamo||11th/25||Full national final|
|2008||🇷🇸 Serbia||Jelena Tomašević feat. Bora Dugić||Oro||6th/25||Full national final|
|2007||🇫🇮 Finland||Hanna Pakarinen||Leave Me Alone||17th/24||Full national final|
|2006||🇬🇷 Greece||Anna Vissi||Everything||9th/24||National final for song|
|2005||🇺🇦 Ukraine||GreenJolly||Razom Nas Bahato||19th/24||Full national final|
|2004||🇹🇷 Turkey||Athena||For Real||4th/24||National final for song|
|2003||🇱🇻 Latvia||F.L.Y.||Hello From Mars||24th/26||Full national final|
|2002||🇪🇪 Estonia||Sahlene||Runaway||3rd/24||Full national final|
|2001||🇩🇰Denmark||Rollo & King||Never Let You Go||2nd/23||Full national final|
|2000||🇸🇪 Sweden||Roger Pontare||When Spirits Are Calling My Name||7th/24||Full national final|
|1999||🇮🇱 Israel||Eden||Yom Huledet (Happy Birthday)||5th/23||Internal selection|
Host entries are usually successful…
Also notable is that host entries have tended to score well over the past twenty years, with more than half reaching the top 10 on home soil. Nevertheless, in recent years the opposite has tended to be the case. Indeed, four of the previous five host entries have finished in the bottom five. Only Sweden’s Frans managed to buck that trend with a
What do you expect from The Netherlands’ internally selected host entry? Can they buck the recent trend of low-finishing home entries? Let us know!