National Song Festival 1975

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Tonight is the latest episode of the world’s biggest schmalz fest, the Eurovision Song Contest, and for another year the Netherlands are not participating due to lack of quality. In fact, the last time we won was in 1975 with Teach In’s Ding-a-dong.

The song was performed in Stockholm in English, but during the national competition it was sung in this Dutch version. The national competition was set up so that three competitors all had to sing each other’s songs. As a result, there are also recordings by Albert West and Debbie. Which one do you like best?

4 Comments »

  1. Debbie FTW!

    Comment by huphtur — May 24, 2008 @ 11:34 pm

  2. The ESC really has become an eastern european camp fest. What a waste of tv-bandwidth…

    Oh, as an answer to the question: Teach-In’s version is definitely the worst.

    Comment by Eric — May 25, 2008 @ 11:38 am

  3. I don’t know, I am quite enamoured with the nacht’n that the Teach-Ins had to wacht’n. I also like the mix of smooth and driven of the Teach-In version. Debbie is all drive, and I have no idea what Albert West is doing.

    Comment by Branko Collin — May 25, 2008 @ 11:56 am

  4. Never heard the mighty ding a dong in Dutch before and know I understand why the lyrics are so silly in English. A translator’s nightmare.

    Comment by Shirley — May 29, 2008 @ 3:56 pm

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