The Netherlands: Cornald Maas and AVROTROS prepare ESC documentary

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Dutch Mr. Eurovision, Cornald Maas, is preparing a special Eurovision documentary with AVROTROS (Dutch national broadcaster), which is set to air next May on the eve of the forthcoming 2020 Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam.

How did the Netherlands manage to win the Eurovision Song Contest again in 2019, 44 years after ‘Ding-a-Dong‘? The Netherlands now serves as a role model for other countries, eventhough it didn’t qualify to the Grand Final for many years.

Dutch broadcaster AVROTROS has announced that Cornald Maas (Dutch ESC Commentator and ESC Commission Member) will be preparing a special documentary showcasing the country’s Eurovision history and heritage.

Cornald Maas will be delving into the archives and bringing a documentary about the Netherlands and the Eurovision Song Contest.  Thus showcasing the long journey it had to go through in order to bring the coveted Eurovision Grand Prix back on home soil.

 What did the Netherlands overlook during the time when Eastern European countries started participating in the festival? And to what extent has the Song Contest changed since the glory years in which the winning songs effortlessly became big hits throughout Europe? Could the Netherlands keep up with those changes?

Dutch Eurovision history

Cornald Maas, long-standing commentator, connoisseur and great Eurovision enthusiast, will be seen reminiscing about the Eurovision Song Contest and showing viewers unique and hilarious archive material.

Maas will be also speaking with former Dutch ESC participants who have made a name for themselves in the country’s Eurovision history: Duncan Laurence, Ilse DeLange, Ruth Jacott, Edsilia Rombley and Getty Kaspers (Teach-In/ Eurovision 1975 Dutch winner).

The documentary Op weg naar de winst (On the way to success) will be broadcast on AVROTROS in May 2020.


The 2020 Eurovision Song Contest is set to take place at the Rotterdam Ahoy on 12, 14 and 16 May, thanks to Duncan Laurence‘s epic victory earlier this year in Tel Aviv. The shows will be co-organized by Dutch broadcasters NPO, NOS and AVTROTROS.