The judges in the Dutch selection process for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 have been revealed by AVROTROS.
AVROTROS have revealed the three artists who will be on the jury for the Junior Songfestival. The jury is formed of three professional singers, they are:
- Kim-Lian van der Meij – Host of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2007 and 2012. She has released two albums after having an international hit in 2003 with “Teenage Superstar”
- Tim Douwsma – Has been performing since 2007 and attempted to represent the Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2012. He went on to be the country’s spokesperson at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014
- Sharon Doorson – Has been performing since 2004, in 2011 she competed in The Voice of Holland and has gone on to release a number of hit singles.
The jury will select one artist from each of the two semi finals to go through to the final of Junior Songfestival 2017. Once the jury has selected their two finalist, a second jury will select the wildcard act to go through to the final. The second jury is formed of past Junior Eurovision participants from the Netherlands, they are; Ralf Mackenbach (2009 Winner), Mylène & Rosanne (2013) and Kisses (2016).
In the final the jury will select the act who will represent the Netherlands at the 15th Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Tbilisi, Georgia. The song that they will perform at the contest will be selected after Junior Songfestival has been held.
The singers competing in this years contest and their draw in the semi finals are as follows:
Semi-Final 1 (September 2nd)
Semi-Final 2 (September 9th)
- Wieke and Dylan
Last year, the group Kisses represented the Netherlands and came eighth with “Kisses and Dancin”. They received 12 points from the kids juries in Israel and Georgia. The members of the group were chosen via auditions and their song internally, marking the first time ever that the public had no say in either the song or the act chosen for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
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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.