Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022

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Eurovision Song Contest 2022
Country Netherlands
National selection
Selection processInternal selection
Selection date(s)Artist: 7 December 2021
Song: 3 March 2022
Selected entrantS10
Selected song"De diepte"
Selected songwriter(s)
Finals performance
Semi-final resultQualified (2nd, 221 points)
Final result11th, 171 points
Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2021 2022

The Netherlands participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy, having internally selected S10 to represent the country with the song "De diepte". The song was performed in Dutch (as opposed to English) for the first time since 2010. S10 was announced as the Dutch entrant on 7 December 2021, while her song was presented to the public on 3 March 2022.

The Netherlands was drawn to compete in the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest which took place on 10 May 2022. Performing during the show in position 8, "De diepte" was announced among the top 10 entries of the first semi-final and hence qualified to compete in the final. In the final, the Netherlands placed 11th with 171 points. It was later revealed that the country placed 2nd in the semi-final with 221 points.

Background

Prior to the 2022 contest, the Netherlands has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest sixty-one times since its debut as one of seven countries to take part in the inaugural contest in 1956. Since then, the country has won the event five times: in 1957, 1959, 1969 (as one of four countries to tie for first place), 1975, and most recently in 2019. Following the introduction of semi-finals for the 2004 contest, the Netherlands has featured in eight finals. The country ended last on five occasions, most recently in the second semi-final of 2011. The Netherlands has also received nul points on two occasions, in 1962 and 1963. In 2021, directly qualifying for the final as the host nation, it ended 23rd (fourth to last) with Jeangu Macrooy and "Birth of a New Age", being one of four contestants to receive nul points from the televoting.

The Dutch national broadcaster, AVROTROS, broadcasts the event within the Netherlands and is responsible for organising the national selection process. The Netherlands has used various methods to select the Dutch entry in the past, such as the Nationaal Songfestival, a live televised national final to choose the performer, song or both to compete at Eurovision. However, internal selections have also been held on several occasions. Since 2013, the broadcaster has internally selected the Dutch entry for the contest. In 2013, the internal selection of Anouk performing "Birds" managed to take the country to the final for the first time in eight years and placed ninth overall. In 2014, the internal selection of the Common Linnets performing the song "Calm After the Storm" qualified the nation to the final once again and placed second, making it the most successful Dutch result in the contest since its victory in 1975, until Duncan Laurence won in 2019 with the song "Arcade".

Before Eurovision

Internal selection

On 24 May 2021, shortly after the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021, the Dutch broadcaster AVROTROS announced its participation in the following edition and opened submissions for interested artists to present its selection committee with up to three songs, with the deadline being 31 August 2021. The selection committee consisted of Eric van Stade, Cornald Maas, Jan Smit, Sander Lantinga, Coen Swijnenberg [nl] and Joyce Hoedelmans. The selection process was carried out under the supervision of Dutch head of delegation Lars Lourenco.[1]

AVROTROS announced S10 as the Dutch entrant on 7 December 2021.[2] On 25 January 2022, the creative team to support S10 in the preparations for her entry was announced, consisting of creative supervisor Wouter van Ransbeek, director Marnix Kaart and lighting designer Henk Jan van Beek.[3] On 21 February, Frits Huffnagel [nl] claimed that the entry would be presented on 3 March, which was confirmed by the broadcaster the following day. The presentation of her entry, "De diepte", took place between 09:00 and 12:00 (CET) in the Tuschinski Theatre.[4][5]

At Eurovision

According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the "Big Five" (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot. On 25 January 2022, an allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. The Netherlands was placed into the first semi-final, which was held on 10 May 2022, and has been scheduled to perform in the first half of the show.[6]

Once all the competing songs for the 2022 contest had been released, the running order for the semi-finals was decided by the shows' producers rather than through another draw, so that similar songs were not placed next to each other. The Netherlands was set to perform in position 8, following the entry from Bulgaria and before the entry from Moldova.[7] Immediately after the close of the first semi-final, a press conference was held in which each of the artists drew the half of the final of which they would perform in. The Netherlands was drawn into the first half of the final and was later selected by the EBU to perform in position number 11, following the entry from Spain and before the entry from Ukraine.

In the Netherlands, all shows were broadcast on NPO 1 and BVN, with commentary by Cornald Maas and Jan Smit and on NPO Radio 2, with commentary by Frank van 't Hof [nl] and Jeroen Kijk in de Vegte.[8][9][10] The Dutch spokesperson, who announced the top 12-point score awarded by the Dutch jury during the final, was Jeangu Macrooy, who previously represented the Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021.

Semi-final

S10 took part in technical rehearsals on 3 and 6 May, followed by dress rehearsals on 11 and 12 May. This included the jury show on 11 May where the professional juries of each country watched and voted on the competing entries.

The Dutch performance was simplistic, with a black theme and vague light whiting, with a spotlight on S10 who was standing on a centre plinth. S10 also wore predominantly black colours to mirror the emotions of the song. As the chorus approached during the performance, more lights and strobe effects came into the performance.

At the end of the show, the Netherlands was announced as having finished in the top 10 and subsequently qualifying for the grand final. It was later revealed that the Netherlands placed second in the semi-final, receiving a total of 221 points: 79 points from the televoting and 142 points from the juries.

Final

Shortly after the first semi-final, a winners' press conference was held for the ten qualifying countries. As part of this press conference, the qualifying artists took part in a draw to determine which half of the grand final they would subsequently participate in. This draw was done in the order the countries appeared in the semi-final running order. The Netherlands was drawn to compete in the first half. Following this draw, the shows' producers decided upon the running order of the final, as they had done for the semi-finals. The Netherlands was subsequently placed to perform in position 11, following the entry from Spain and before the entry from Ukraine.

S10 once again took part in dress rehearsals on 13 and 14 May before the final, including the jury final where the professional juries cast their final votes before the live show. She performed a repeat of their semi-final performance during the final on 14 May. The Netherlands placed eleventh in the final, scoring 171 points: 42 points from the televoting and 129 points from the juries.

Voting

Below is a breakdown of points awarded to the Netherlands in the first semi-final and in the final. Voting during the three shows involved each country awarding two sets of points from 1-8, 10 and 12: one from their professional jury and the other from televoting.[11] The exact composition of the professional jury, and the results of each country's jury and televoting were released after the final; the individual results from each jury member were also released in an anonymised form.[12][13] The Dutch jury consisted of Andrew Makkinga, Barry Paf, Eva van Manen, Kris Berry, and Perquisite.[12][13] In the first semi-final, the Netherlands placed 2nd with 221 points. In the final, the Netherlands placed 11th with 171 points. Over the course of the contest, the Netherlands awarded its 12 points to Greece (jury) and Ukraine (televote) in the second semi-final and the final of the contest.

References

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