Before Duncan Laurence won Eurovision 2019, she was the reigning Dutch Eurovision winner. But when the line-up of Het Grote Songfestivalfeest — the big Eurovision party in Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome in December — was revealed, Teach-In’s Getty Kaspers was not on the list.
Talk shows and newspapers called it a scandal, and on social media the announcement also led to backlash. But the outrage had a result: the festival organisers have finally invited the “Ding A Dong” singer to the show.
Last month when Het Grote Songfestivalfeest announced its line-up, there was public outrage when only one of the two surviving Dutch Eurovision winners was on the line-up. Lenny Kuhr was performing but there was no sign of Teach-In lead singer Getty Kaspers.
The expulsion led Beau van Erven Dorens, host of the eponymous talk show Beau, to launch the hashtag #jesuisgetty. However, on the day that the slogan for Eurovision 2020 was revealed, it was also announced that Getty Kaspers would, after all, join the line-up of Het Grote Songfestival!
Vanavond wordt de slogan van @Eurovision 2020 Rotterdam bekend gemaakt. Wat wil de organisatie uitstralen? We praten erover met oud-winnares Getty Kaspers, oud-deelnemer @gerardjoling en Songfestival-liefhebber @FritsHuffnagel. #BEAU #RTL4 pic.twitter.com/jCDiQaTWF5
— Beau (@BeauRTL) October 24, 2019
Getty appeared as a special guest on Beau where she revealed that the organisers never intended to leave her out. On the contrary, they actually were thinking about how to properly include her.
The confusion arose when an early press statement seemed to suggest that Getty would be excluded as it said that former Frizzle Sizzle member Mandy Huydts and Eurovision 1999 contestant Marlayne were to sing “Ding A Dong”.
Het Grote Songfestivalfeest will give the Eurovision winner a bigger role after they saw the outrage of her being possibly excluded. She will not just sing her Eurovision winning song, but will also introduce several other acts on the stage.
After her 1975 win, Austrian-born Getty quickly faded away from the spotlight. She faced a lifelong lack of interest in her work. The singer opened up about her disappointment in early 2019, when AVROTROS was not interested in collaborating with her either in the time running up to Duncan Laurence’s win.
To this day, she regrets she never got anything back for her Eurovision achievement. She never earned a penny as she didn’t write her winning song “Ding A Dong” nor did she ever receive a formal invitation to attend Eurovision as part of the Dutch delegation.
But as this recent situation shows, there is plenty of support for the Dutch Eurovision queen, with plenty of fans hoping that she will have a part to play in Eurovision 2020.
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