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Teddy Scholten (1926-2010)

Dutch postcard by Uitg. Takken, Utrecht, nr. 4018. Photo: 't Sticht, Utrecht.

 

Dutch singer Teddy Scholten (1926-2010) died last Thursday. In 1959 she was the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest for the Netherlands.

 

In the 1940's Teddy van Zwieteren performed on stage as a part of the duo Scholten & Van 't Zelfde. She met Henk Scholten, who became her fiancee in 1945 and they married two years later. In 1959 she was invited by the Dutch broadcasting company NTS to participate at the National Song Contest. She came, sang and conquered with the song Een Beetje (A Little Bit), composed by Dick Schallies and with a text by Willy van Hemert. Then she became first at the Eurovision Song Contest 1959 in Cannes. Later, she would sing the song also in French, German and Italian versions.

 

During the 1950's and 1960's Teddy Scholten and her husband hosted several TV programmes for the Dutch broadcasting company KRO, including the candid camera show Kiekeboe (1963). In 1965 as well as in 1966 she presented the National Song Contest. Teddy Scholten died on 8 April 2010. She was 83. With Henk she had a daughter, René.

 

Sources: nu.nl, Wikipedia and IMDb.

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Taken on April 12, 2010