AVROTROS, the Dutch national broadcaster, has confirmed that the Netherlands will be participating in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Minsk.
Applications have now opened for anyone interested in representing the Netherlands at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018. Applicants must be between 9 to 14 years in November 2018 and must attach a Youtube video of themselves singing a cover to their application form on the official Junior Songfestival site.
It is unknown yet how exactly the Dutch participant for 2018 will be chosen. Despite originally announcing that a group would be formed after auditions, Junior Songfestival returned to a televised format for the first time since 2015. Six acts competed across two semi-finals with three advancing to the final. The contestants performed covers of popular songs, as opposed to original songs. A jury was solely responsible for selecting the winner. Fource was selected to represent the Netherlands this year with “Love Me”. The group finished fourth with 156, the best result for the Netherlands since 2011.
Belarus was announced as the host country before this year’s contest took place. The Junior Eurovision Steering Group decided to remove a clause in the Rules that gave the winning broadcaster first refusal to host, to ensure the longevity of the Contest and allow more time to prepare the event. This clause was first introduced in 2014. Italy used this clause in 2015 to decline hosting the contest that year after their victory in 2014. Bulgaria were then selected as hosts for the 2015 contest. After the removal of said clause, EBU Members were given the opportunity to apply to host Junior Eurovision 2018. From these applications, Belarus was selected.
To date the following countries have confirmed their participation in the contest:
- Belarus – Host nation
The Netherlands in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
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. [/tw-accordion-section]