Pays-Bas 1989

The Netherlands was represented by Justine Pelmelay, with the song ‘ »Blijf zoals je bent« , at the 1989 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place in Lausanne, Switzerland on 13 May. Pelmelay was the winner of the Dutch national final for the contest, held on 10 March.

Final

The national final was held at the RAI Congrescentrum in Amsterdam, hosted by Linda de Mol. Thirteen songs took part with the winner being decided by juries in the twelve Dutch provinces, who awarded points from 13 down to 1. Pelmelay emerged a comfortable winner by a margin of 21 points.[1]

Final – 10 March 1989
Draw Artist Song Points Place
1 Shannah « Wacht op mij » 123 2
2 Full Colour « Symphonie » 98 5
3 Ingrid Souren « Het zal nooit meer zo zijn » 108 3=
4 Bam To Bam Bam « Lammedammadoendan » 48 10=
5 Helen Marshell « Johnny » 29 13
6 Gerald Borst « De nachtprinses » 90 7=
7 The Sisters « Als ik je zie » 91 6
8 Angelina van Dijk « Kijk toch om je heen » 48 10=
9 The Ballroom Blitz « Samen zijn » 108 3=
10 Justine Pelmelay « Blijf zoals je bent«  144 1
11 Brian Well « Net als vroeger » 39 12
12 Gina « Elke dag » 76 9
13 Two Hearts « Johnny & Mandy » 90 7=
Voting
Song North
Brabant
Flevoland Friesland North
Holland
South
Holland
Utrecht Limburg Overijssel Groningen Zeeland Gelderland Drenthe Total
Wacht op mij 7 13 12 11 11 6 13 13 11 10 10 6 123
Symphonie 9 9 7 3 5 9 10 9 12 9 12 4 98
Het zal nooit meer zo zijn 12 10 9 9 10 7 11 4 6 12 11 7 108
Lammedammadoendan 4 1 6 5 2 8 3 7 1 7 3 1 48
Johnny 2 3 1 4 1 1 1 1 2 3 8 2 29
De nachtprinses 8 7 5 8 13 5 6 6 4 5 13 10 90
Als ik je zie 6 5 10 10 6 12 8 5 7 8 5 9 91
Kijk toch om je heen 1 2 4 1 9 4 2 8 8 4 2 3 48
Samen zijn 11 6 8 7 7 11 7 12 10 11 6 12 108
Blijf zoals je bent 13 12 13 13 12 10 12 11 13 13 9 13 144
Net als vroeger 3 4 2 2 4 2 4 2 5 2 4 5 39
Elke dag 10 8 11 6 3 3 5 3 9 6 1 11 76
Johnny & Mandy 5 11 3 12 8 13 9 10 3 1 7 8 90

At Eurovision

On the night of the final Pelmelay performed 4th in the running order, following Ireland and preceding Turkey. After a strong performance, Pelmelay’s voice famously cracked on the final long note of the song, a fact she acknowledged with a wry facial expression as the song ended. At the close of voting « Blijf zoals je bent » had received 45 points from ten countries (the highest being 10 from Italy), placing the Netherlands 15th of the 22 entries. The Dutch jury awarded its 12 points to Denmark.[2]

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