Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest 1966

Eurovision Song Contest 1966
Country  Netherlands
National selection
Selection process Nationaal Songfestival 1966
Selection date(s) 31 January 1966
1, 2, 3, 4, 5 February 1966
Selected entrant Milly Scott
Selected song "Fernando en Filippo"
Finals performance
Final result 15th, 2 points
Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest

The Netherlands was represented by Milly Scott, with the song '"Fernando en Filippo", at the 1966 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 5 March in Luxembourg City. Five acts participated in the Dutch preselection, which consisted of five qualifying rounds, followed by the final on 5 February. All the shows were held at the Tivoli in Utrecht, hosted by the 1959 Eurovision winner Teddy Scholten.

Scott earned a place in Eurovision history as the first black performer to appear on stage, and would later state somewhat controversially (and without any real evidence) that she believed her poor result at Eurovision was attributable, at least in part, to racism.

Qualifying heats

Five qualifying heats took place on consecutive evenings between 31 January and 4 February. Each involved one of the selected acts performing three songs, with the jury winner from each act going forward to the final. A different jury of 15 was used each evening.[1] The format was the same used in the 1965 preselection, and would be used again 30 years later in the preselection of 1996.

Heat 1 - Helen Shepherd

31 January 1966
Draw Song Place
1 "Over de horizon" 2
2 "Wereld" 1
3 "Ver hier vandaan" 3

Heat 2 - Piet Sybrandi

1 February 1966
Draw Song Place
1 "Ergens in de west" 3
2 "In een battledress" 2
3 "Ik heb je lief" 1

Heat 3 - The Luckberries

2 February 1966
Draw Song Place
1 "Dromen zijn bedrog" 1
2 "Mijn hart klopt alleen maar voor jou" 2
3 "Land der liefde" 3

Heat 4 - Bob Bouber

3 February 1966
Draw Song Place
1 "Nog wel bedankt" 1
2 "Jouw eerste concert" 2
3 "Jij bent een raadsel" 3

Heat 5 - Milly Scott

4 February 1966
Draw Song Place
1 "Fernando en Filippo" 1
2 "De onvoltooide symphonie" 2
3 "Graag of niet" 3


The national final was held on 5 February. The winning song was chosen by the same five juries who had each individually chosen one of the songs for the final. Each jury member gave 1 point to their favourite song, and "Fernando en Filippo" was the choice of 52 of the 75 members.[2]

Final - 5 February 1966
Draw Artist Song Points Place
1 Helen Shepherd "Wereld" 3 3=
2 Piet Sybrandi "Ik heb je lief" 2 5
3 The Luckberries "Dromen zijn bedrog" 15 2
4 Bob Bouber "Nog wel bedankt" 3 3=
5 Milly Scott "Fernando en Filippo" 52 1

At Eurovision

On the night of the final Scott performed 16th in the running order, following France and preceding Ireland. Voting was by each national jury awarding 5-3-1 to its top three songs, and at the close of the voting "Fernando en Filippo" had received 2 points, placing the Netherlands 15th of the 18 entries. During most of the voting procedure "Fernando en Filippo" had appeared to be heading for the infamous nul-points, until the last two countries to vote (Ireland and the United Kingdom) each awarded 1 point to the song. The Dutch jury awarded its 5 points to Belgium.[3]

See also

External links

  • Netherlands selection 1966


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