Participant(s): Hind Song: Your Heart Belongs To Me Writer(s): Hind Laroussi Tahiri & Tjeerd van Zanen Composer(s): Hind Laroussi Tahiri, Tjeerd van Zanen & Bas van den Heuvel
The Netherlands have won the Eurovision Song Contest four times already – last time in 1975 with Teach In and “Dinge Dong”. And the Dutch were always so eager to have the contest back in the Netherlands. 1980 the Netherlands have been hosting the event, even if they didn’t win it the year before. Israel has won it twice but were not able to host it directly after another. Since the new two-show-concept from 2004 the Dutch only made it once into the final show. Even if there were superb entries with excellent singers like Glennis Grace in 2005 and Edsilia in 2007, the Netherlands could not qualify for the final. Even if Edsilia has already performed in Birmingham 1998 and came 4th, this probably is no guarantee for another success at Eurovision anymore.
As well as many other Western European countries, the Netherlands are disappointed by the poor results of the recent years, the mightly unfair voting from the Eastern European countries. So you can notice a slight decrease of interest in Western Europe. This year’s choice from the Netherlands is a kind of “no matter what we send, it won’t get many points” mentality. The song “Your heart belongs to me” is nothing remarkable, just a song, which unfortunately does not convince by first hearing. Why there such a use of oriental elements in this song? That doesn’t sound neither Dutch, nor international. Ruth Jacott must return to Eurovision!