NED - Number 1 in the Netherlands
ITA - Number 1 in Italy
SUI - Number 8 in Switzerland
NOR - Number 3 in Norway
SWE - Number 1 in Sweden
Great Britain - Number 72 - in Scotland
From 2005 to 2012, the Dutch entry failed to get past the semi-finals eight times in a row.
Nothing the Netherlands could ever do would change this.
In 2013, this changed. The Dutch entry was chosen internally - Anouk, a well known Dutch singer was picked.
This was the best Dutch performance at Eurovision since winning in 1975.
Throughout this period, song and artist selection has been internal in the Netherlands and NOT open to the public.
No other song managed this.
26 of the 40 juries rated Arcade as one of the best 5 songs, giving the Netherlands 6 or more points.
It is primarily about the song and how it is selected.
The quote near the beginning of this thread seems to suggest that they might change this.
Britain's reaction suggests that they won't.
I wonder who'll do better first.
Eurovision is very competitive so anyone participating needs a decent entry to do well. The UK is no exception
Average rank 1988 - 2003: 10.25 (6 times in top-5, 11 top-10)
Average rank 2004 - 2019: 17.38 (0 top-5, 1 top-10)
Average rank 1988 - 2003: 11.88 (4 times in top-5, 7 top-10)
Average rank 2004 - 2019: 16.94 (2 top-5, 5 top-10)
Average rank 1988 - 2003: 10.94 (3 times in top-5, 8 top-10)
Average rank 2004 - 2019: 19.25 (1 top-5, 2 top-10)
Average rank 1985 - 1997: 6.56 (4 times in top-5, 7 top-10)
Average rank 2011 - 2019: 7.89 (4 top-5, 7 top-10)
The country which has dropped back the most of these five though is the UK.
Average rank 1988 - 2003: 8 (7 times in top-5, 12 top-10)
Average rank 2011 - 2019: 19.94 (1 top-5, 1 top-10)
An incredible fall which is almost certainly due to a drop in the entry quality.