Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest 2000

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Eurovision Song Contest 2000
Country Netherlands
National selection
Selection processNationaal Songfestival 2000
Selection date(s)27 February 2000
Selected entrantLinda Wagenmakers
Selected song"No Goodbyes"
Finals performance
Final result13th, 40 points
Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄1999 2000 2001►

The Netherlands was represented by Linda Wagenmakers, with the song '"No Goodbyes", at the 2000 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place in Stockholm on 13 May. Wagenmakers was the winner of the Dutch national final for the contest, held in Rotterdam on 27 February.

Before Eurovision[edit]

Nationaal Songfestival 2000[edit]

The national final was held on 27 February 2000 in the Rotterdam Ahoy arena, hosted by Paul de Leeuw. Eight songs took part, with the winner being decided by a 50/50 split between televoting and twelve regional juries. Each jury awarded points to the songs on the ranking scale 10-7-5-4-3-2-1-0. Televotes were assessed by taking the same number of points available to the juries (384) and allocating them pro rata according to the percentage of votes each song had received. The rounding up and down of televoting points to the nearest whole number resulted in a slight discrepancy, with only 381 televoting points being awarded in total. The voting turned out to be a one-horse race, with Wagenmakers receiving over twice the points of her closest rival, having been ranked first by eight of the twelve juries and receiving over one third of the entire televote.[1]

Final – 27 February 2000
Draw Artist Song Songwriter(s) Jury Televote Total Place
1 Sandy Kandou "One Step Closer" Ad van Olm 47 12 59 6
2 Gina de Wit "Hjir is it begjin" Gina de Wit 38 38 76 5
3 Sunny "Wawakilele" Sonny Hoogwerf, Roland Gaedtgens, Huig Ouwehand 46 39 85 4
4 Splash "Close Harmony" Dick Bakker, Jonothan Ellis 80 38 118 2
5 Linda Wagenmakers "No Goodbyes" Ellert Driessen, John O'Hare 106 146 252 1
6 Arno Kolenbrander "One Step Behind" Peter de Wijn, Velibor Weller 35 80 115 3
7 Alderliefste "Evenwicht" Eric van Tijn, Jochem Fluitsma 27 15 42 7
8 Dewi "Hit It Off" Piet Souer, Dick Plat 5 13 18 8

At Eurovision[edit]

On the night of the final Wagenmakers performed second in the running order, following Israel and preceding the United Kingdom. Despite being one of the pre-contest favourites, at the close of voting "No Goodbyes" had received a disappointing 40 points from 11 countries (the highest being 8 from Israel and Belgium), placing the Netherlands 13th of the 24 entries.[2]

One hour into the transmission of the contest, Dutch broadcaster NOS took the decision to take the programme off the air in order to bring viewers live news updates from Enschede, where some hours earlier a huge explosion in a fireworks factory had devastated a section of the city and resulted in fatalities and serious injuries. A spokesman for NOS later stated that besides having a duty to keep their viewers informed of the current situation in Enschede, they felt it would have been inappropriate to continue with the broadcast of a frivolous light-entertainment programme at such a time. The suspension of transmission meant that the votes of the Dutch back-up jury were announced during the scoring by spokesperson Marlayne, as no televoting had taken place; the Dutch jury awarded its 12 points to Turkey. The contest was later rebroadcast in full.

Points awarded by the Netherlands[edit]

12 points  Turkey
10 points  Denmark
8 points  Germany
7 points  Estonia
6 points   Switzerland
5 points  Finland
4 points  Latvia
3 points  Ireland
2 points  France
1 point  Malta
Points awarded to the Netherlands (final)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

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