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Netherlands: Three-Time Eurovision Participant Sandra Reemer Has Died

Sandra Reemer who represented the Netherlands on three occasions at the Eurovision Song Contest has died today at the age of 66.

The 66-year-old singer, Sandra Reemer has passed away today following a battle with breast cancer. The singer who was born in Bandung, Indonesia represented the Netherlands at the Eurovision Song Contest on three separate occasions as a lead singer, tying with Corry Brokken for the most appearances by one singer for the Netherlands.

Sandra whose real name was Barbara, first represented the Netherlands at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1972 with the song “Als het om de liefde gaat” alongside Dries Holten, they finished 4th with a total of 106 points. She returned 1976 as a solo performer singing “The Party’s Over”, finishing 9th in at contest in the Hague.

Sandra made her final appearance at the competition under the name Xandra in 1979 when she performed “Colorado”. The talented singer would make her last Eurovision appearance four years later as a backing singer for Bernadette.

You can watch Sandra’s first appearance as a solo performer at the competition below:

Source: AVROTROS

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The Netherlands debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1956 and has gone on to compete in all bar four contests. To date the Netherlands has won the contest on four occasions the latest being in 1975. The Netherlands struggled in the contest from 2000 onwards, between 2004 and 2013 the country only qualified twice for the final. The countries best result since 1975 occurred in 2014 when The Common Linnets finished 2nd in Copenhagen with a total of 238 points, 52 points behind Austria.
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