Forty singers from across the Netherlands have made it through to the first round of auditions for Junior Songfestival 2018.
In the Netherlands, forty singers have been shortlisted to take part in the auditions round of Junior Songfestival 2018. The forty singers were selected at the end of March to take part in two days of auditions next weekend.
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
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.