The Netherlands has recorded their lowest ever viewing figures for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, with the contest losing over 50,000 viewers.
226,000 viewers watched on NPO Zapp yesterday afternoon as the Netherlands finished 13th in Minsk, Belarus. The viewing figures are the lowest audience recorded to date for the Netherlands in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The contest lost 60,000 viewers over last years final in Georgia, with this years final recording a market share of 1.4%.
Viewing interest in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest has been in decline since 2012, with the contest having lost over 600,000 viewers since they hosted the competition in Amsterdam.
Max and Anne represented the Netherlands on stage at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 with the song “Samen”. They finished 13th with a total of 91 points, they came 14th with the juries on 23 points, while 6th on the televote with 68 points.
AVROTROS are already looking forward to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2019, with applications open for the national selection. Zapp is now accepting applications from young singers to participate in Junior Songfestival 2019, the rules of the selection process have yet to be confirmed.
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.