Netherlands falls short of Eurovision final
Dutch band the 3JS has failed to make it to the final of the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest. In the second of two semi-finals, they fell short of the top-ten ranking needed to secure a place in Saturday’s show with their self-penned song .
The band, which like many popular Dutch performers hail from the fishing village of Volendam, were unable to break a poor run of Dutch results at the Contest. This is the seventh consecutive year that the Netherlands has failed to qualify for the final: a record.
The 3JS take their name from the first initials of the three band members Jan Dulles, Jaap Kwakman and Jaap de Witte. Immediately after Thursday’s show Jaap Kwakman twittered:
The full results of Thursday’s show, which was broadcast live in over 20 countries, will not be revealed until after the final. The band will have to wait until Saturday to find out if they narrowly missed out or finished bottom of the pile.
The ten countries that beat the Netherlands and eight other rivals to make it to Saturday's final at Germany’s Düsseldorf Arena are: Estonia, Romania, Moldova, Ireland, Bosnia Herzegovina, Denmark Austria, Ukraine, Slovenia, and Sweden.
They join Serbia, Lithuania, Greece, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Switzerland, Hungary, Finland, Russia and Iceland – the qualifiers from Tuesday’s first semi-final – and automatic finalists France, Germany, the UK, Spain and Italy.
The results were determined by a mixture of professional juries and televoting. Viewers called up during the broadcast to cast their vote, while the national juries gave their points based on the second dress rehearsal.
The five-member Dutch jury included singer Mandy Huydts, singer Tim Douwsma and DJ Fred Siebelink.
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