The search for The Netherlands entrant in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 has begun today, with the applications process opening.

AVROTROS has today launched the application process for singers aged between 9 and 14 years old to represent the Netherlands at Junior Eurovision 2017. The broadcaster has confirmed that they will once again be forming a group to participate in the contest. This follows the success of Kisses in Malta, they finished 8th in the contest, including receiving 12 points from the kids juries in Israel and Georgia.

Those who wish to represent the Netherlands at this years contest have until April 15 to submit their application to the broadcaster. The application process includes the uploading of an audition video to YouTube. Apply to represent the Netherlands here.

To date five countries have confirmed their participation in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017, these countries are:

  • Belarus
  • Cyprus
  • Ireland
  • The Netherlands
  • Russia

The host country of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 has yet to be decided. Georgia as of the end of November was in discussions with the EBU as to whether they will this years contest contest, other countries interested in hosting had until December 15th to submit their bids. Georgia won the 14th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Malta in 2016, they have thus been given first refusal as to whether they will be hosting next years contest. Previous announcements of the host city have come between December and January.

Source: JuniorSongfestival

The Netherlands debuted at the first edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2003. To date the country has only won the competition once. Their only victory came in 2009 when Ralf Mackenbach performed “Click Clack” scoring a total of 121 points, this was just 5 points more than runners-up Armenia and Russia. The Netherlands narrowly lost the contest in 2011 when Rachel performed “Teenager”, she lost by 5 points. The Netherlands worst result came in 2015 when Shalisa finished in 15th place out of 17 competing countries.