Song of the Day – After Israel did not want to host the Eurovision Song Contest 1980, despite winning it in 1979, the Netherlands filled in. On home ground they were represented by Maffie MacNeal. She had represented the country in 1974 as part of the duo Mouth and MacNeal and came in third place. The duo went on to have some hits in Europe. Their biggest success was “How Do You Do” which didn’t only do well all over Europe but even on the USA’s Billboard Charts.
Due to this impressive merit, MacNeal was chosen to represent the Netherlands on home ground. The contest was held in The Hague, but MacNeal sang an ode to the Dutch capital Amsterdam. MacNeal calls Amsterdam one of the most beautiful cities in the world as “In Amsterdam, Amsterdam. All kinds of things are going on Amsterdam, Amsterdam. Exists for centuries already.” The dramatic song did well with the judges and finished 5th.