Tonight the final of Junior Songfestival 2017 takes place in the Netherlands, with the country selecting their entrant for this years Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
Three acts will take to the stage tonight, all hoping to represent the Netherlands at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017. Over the past two weeks, six acts have competed in two semi-finals all vying for a place in tonight’s final. The singers all performed covers of well known songs, in a change to previous Dutch selection’s. Directly qualifying for the final tonight were Sezina and Fource, who were selected as the winners of their semi-final, while Montana was saved as a wildcard act.
The three acts in the running to represent the Netherlands in Georgia are:
- Sezina – Issues (Julia Michaels)
- Fource – September Song (JP Cooper)
- Montana – Sign of the Times (Harry Styles)
Tonight’s winner will be selected by a jury made up of Sharon Doorson, Tim Douwsma and Kim-Lian van der Meij. They will select which of the three finalists will represent the Netherlands in Georgia. The song that the winning act will perform in Georgia will be revealed at a later date.
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.
You can watch the competition live on NPO Zapp from 19:25 CET.
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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.