Pays-Bas 1998

The Netherlands were present at the Eurovision Song Contest 1998, held in Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom.

The Dutch national final to select their entry, the Nationaal Songfestival 1998, was held on 8 March at the Rai Congrescentrum in Amsterdam, and was hosted by Paul de Leeuw and Linda de Mol. The final decision was weighted 50-50 between a panel of « experts » and telephone voting across the country.

The winning entry was « Hemel en aarde, » performed by Edsilia Rombley and written and composed by Eric van Tijn and Jochem Fluitsma.

National final

Draw Artist Song Informal translation Points Place
1 Sylvia Samson Mijn wens voor 2000 My wish for 2000 38 7th
2 Frederique Spigt Mijn hart kan dat niet aan My heart can’t take it anymore 70 3rd
3 Marco Marle Hou me nu maar vast Hold me now 29 8th
4 Ryan van den Akker and Lone van Rozendaal Over Over 48 5th
5 Edsilia Rombley Hemel en aarde Heaven and earth 138 1st
6 Nubia Ze kwamen overzee They came from over the sea 65 4th
7 Nurlaila Alsof je bij me bent As if you’re with me 84 2nd
8 Claudia Nelson Zintuigen Senses 40 6th

At Eurovision

Rombley was the eighteenth performer on the night of the Contest, following Cyprus and preceding Sweden. At the Contest, she performed under her first name only. At the close of the voting the song had received 150 points, placing 4th in a field of 25 competing countries. It was the best placing the Netherlands had seen since their last win in 1975.

Voting

Points awarded to Netherlands

Points Awarded to Netherlands
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

Points awarded by Netherlands

12 points  Germany
10 points  Belgium
8 points  Malta
7 points  United Kingdom
6 points  Israel
5 points  Sweden
4 points  Croatia
3 points  Norway
2 points  Estonia
1 point  Turkey

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