Pays-Bas 2006

The Netherlands’s national final for the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 was held on 12 March at the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam. Each performer sang three songs and the winner was chosen in two rounds of voting. In the first round an expert jury selected the best song by each performer before the eventual winner was chosen by televoting. The points of the jury were:

  Behave Maud Treble
Heaven Knows (Behave) 6
L.A. Baby (Behave) 1
Maybe Tomorrow (Behave) 2
I’m Alive (Maud) 4
One More Try (Maud) 1
Without Your Love (Maud) 3
Amambanda (Treble) 7
Lama Gaia (Treble) 2
Make Your Choice (Treble) 0

The jury chose « Heaven Knows », performed by the foursome Behave, « I’m Alive », performed by 2004 Dutch « Pop Idol » runner-up Maud, and « Amambanda », performed by the female trio Treble. A period of televoting was then held in which the public could vote for their favourite song. The girl group Treble received 72% of the televote which gave them with the ticket to Athens along with the song Amambanda, which contains English imaginary lyrics. The song is written and composed by Caroline Hoffman, Niña van Dijk, & Djem van Dijk, the members of Treble.

The group Treble comprises Caroline Hoffman (29) and sisters Niña (19) and Djem (17) van Dijk. In 2004, they had number one hit single with Ramaganana. After three singles and an album, 2005 was a silent year for Treble. The girls are experienced percussionists and vocalists.

Result of National Final

Singer Song Points  % of vote Place
1 Treble « Amambanda«  90720 72% 1st
2 Behave « Heaven Knows » 18900 15% 2nd
3 Maud « I’m Alive » 16380 13% 3rd

Points Awarded by the Netherlands

Points Awarded to the Netherlands (Semi-Final)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point