The official music video for “Love Me”, the Dutch entry for this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest, has been released on the official Junior Songfestival Youtube channel.
The song was composed by Stas Swaczyna & Joost Griffioen, also known as The Rocketeers. Joost Griffioen also wrote the lyrics to the song. The chorus is completely in English while the rest of the song is in Dutch. The filming for the video was done by Framez Productions and took place in severak locations around Amsterdam, such as Vondelpark, the Prinsengracht Canal and the Dam Square.
The rules of this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest has changed in that up to 40% of the lyrics of any song can be in English, the rest in the native language of that country. Additionally, the number of voices on the backing track has been increased from five to six singers.
Fource are a group made up of Max Mies (14), Jannes Heuvelmans (14), Niels Schlimback (12) and Ian Kuyper (13). They are the first boyband to ever represent the Netherlands in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. They are also the first boys to represent the country since Ralf Mackenbach in 2009, who gave the Netherlands its first, and so far only, victory in the contest.
Fource won Junior Songfestival 2017 last month with their covers of “There’s Nothing Holding Me Back” by Shawn Mendes and “September Song” by JP Cooper. This year marked a return to a televised selection for the first time since 2015. Other changes to the format included contestants performing cover songs instead of original songs and 100% jury vote.
Watch the official music video below:
Source: Junior Songfestival Youtube
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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.