The host country has been drawn to perform 23rd in the Grand final show of the 65th Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam. 

Today the Head of Delegations meetng took place in Rotterdam. Although some countries (Israel, Sweden, Greece)  decided to withdraw and attend the event remotely due to the Coronavirus outbreak, still several nations were present in order to get the latest updates on the Eurovision 2020 preparations.

During the meeting a special draw took place in order to determine the running order position of the host country’s representative during the final. Jeangu Macrooy, the Dutch Eurovision 2020 hopeful will perform #23 in the grand final. The Dutch act was selected internally and will be singing the song titled “Grow” .

All of the participating countries have submitted to NPO and EBU their  book of participation with the last three countries ( Azerbaijan, Malta and Russia) releasing officially their entries today. Now the running order of the two semi final shows is yet to be determined, a development that usually takes place by the end of March or the first days of April.

THE STORY SO FAR

The Netherlands has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 60 times since making its debut as one of the seven countries at the first contest in 1956, and has missed only four contests so far (1985, 1991, 1995 and 2002).

The Netherlands has won the contest four times, with Corry Brokken in 1957, Teddy Scholten in 1959, Lenny Kuhr in a four-way tie in 1969 and Teach-In in 1975,  The country has achieved some remarkable results in the past finishing 4th with Sandra & Andres (1972), 3rd with Mouth & MacNeal (1974), 5th with Maggie MacNeal (1980), 5th with Marcha (1987) and fourth with Edsilia Rombley (1998). Its worst results were in 1958, 1962, 1963, 1968, when it finished last and in 2011 when ending up last in the semifinal.

Eurovision 2020 will take place in Rotterdam next May after Duncan Lawrence’s victory in Tel Aviv last May. Lets remember Duncan’s epic performance that brough the Eurovision trophy to Dutch soil.