Netherlands wins its first ever Eurovision final
Netherlands is the first country in Europe to win a Eurovision Song Contest after a tie-breaking vote by its national broadcaster and its two main songwriters.
The Dutch won the competition with the song “Ielts” by Dutch singer Dijkstra, and the Netherlands will be represented in next year’s final on Wednesday (10 September).
The country was expected to host the Eurovision competition after winning a spot in the 2014 contest, but the final was rescheduled after a dispute with the BBC over who should play the lead song, the song with the most votes.
The winning song had been planned to be performed by a Dutch trio called “Klint” that had already won a number of other awards at Eurovision 2014.
However, the decision to award the final to Dijkstras song was overturned by the broadcaster’s board of directors.
“We decided to cancel the performance because we felt it was not in the public interest, and it was in the interests of the country to have this song performed,” said broadcaster Zeev Bekkert, explaining the decision.
The broadcaster said it had consulted the country’s songwriters and the songwriters themselves about the issue, and was satisfied that it was a valid decision.
“It was the best decision,” Bekkoert said.
“We were very happy with the result.”
Dutch pop star Kooi Hoon, who plays the lead role in the song, had previously been a candidate for the competition, but was not eligible for this year’s competition due to a lack of funding.
“I had to be persuaded to play, and I’ve always wanted to be a part of this,” he said.
“After a while, I became a little bit nervous about the results.”
He said that the decision was not necessarily a reflection of the broadcaster, as the songwriter had been invited to participate, but instead was due to the broadcaster having been more supportive of the artist than the singer.
“They’ve been so supportive, and supported me, and they were very generous,” he told the BBC.
“The decision has nothing to do with us.
The broadcaster was very supportive.””
The songwriter did not make the final, and he’s been asked to play,” said the broadcaster.
“He didn’t want to perform, but he did play.
He’s not going to be in this final because he’s not able to.”
In a statement, the broadcaster said that it had received several offers to participate in the Euroveth competition, which it said would have “no financial cost” to broadcasters.
“As a result of these negotiations, it was decided to proceed with the Eurofest,” the broadcaster added.
“There will be no financial cost to broadcasters in making this decision.”