A total of 252,000 viewers in The Netherlands tuned in for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2019. This figure represents an increase of 26,000 compared to last year’s contest held in Minsk, Belarus which was the lowest viewing figures The Netherlands have received ever for the contest.
The 252,000 viewers for the contest took a 9.1% market share of viewers at the time. Viewers were able to watch the programme on Dutch children’s channel NPO Zapp. The show featured commentary by Buddy Veder who this year replaced Jan Smit in the role.
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.
The Netherlands were represented in the contest this year by Matheu with the song “Dans met jou”. Eventually they finished 4th overall with 186 points. This includes 12 points from each of the jury of Australia, France, Armenia and Portugal. The Dutch jury in turn awarded their 12 points to Kazakhstan.
Eventually Matheu was beaten on the scoreboard by Spain in third place, runners-up Kazakhstan and winners of the contest, Poland with “Superhero” by Viki Gabor.
The Netherlands have previously won the contest in 2009 with “Click Clack” by Ralf Mackenbach. They have also played host twice, the last time was in Amsterdam in 2012. They have also previously hosted in Rotterdam in 2007, in the same arena that will be hosting the Eurovision Song Contest 2020.
NPO Zapp have already confirmed that they will be participating in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2020.