Dutch singer Corry Brokken has passed away, aged 83. She was the second winner of the Eurovision Song Contest, with her song “Net als toen” giving the Netherlands their first victory in 1957.
Corry represented the Netherlands in Eurovision three times, in the first three years of the competition. She performed “Voorgoed voorbij” (Over forever), “Net als toen” (Just like then) and “Heel de wereld” (The whole world) in 1956, 1957 and 1958, respectively.
Her relationship with Eurovision continued when in 1976 Corry presented the Netherland’s fourth hosting of the song contest. She was the first previous Eurovision winner to return as a show host, starting a trend that continues to this day.
Corry also made an appearance at Eurovision in 1997 as the Netherlands’ points spokesperson, and was part of the jury in the Netherland’s 2003 national final.
After her Eurovision hosting, Corry retired from showbiz, and instead went to law school, eventually becoming a lawyer, and in 1990 was appointed a judge. However, she briefly returned to performing in the mid 1990s, released an album and was won an Edison Award.
Corry also published her memoir, Wat mij betreft (As for me) and a sequel Toegift (Encore). In 2009 she made a cameo appearance playing herself on the popular family sitcom Kinderen geen bezwaar.
Corry was both a beloved entertainment icon and a significant figure in the history of Eurovision.
We at wiwibloggs send our deepest condolences to Corry’s family and friends.