AVROTROS, the Dutch national broadcaster, has revealed the eleven finalists for Junior Songfestival 2020.
The finalists are:
Originally, Stella was picked as one of the finalists but had to withdraw because she and her family were moving to Jamaica. Jackie was then chosen as a finalist in her place.
The finalists will now be grouped into four acts. These acts can be soloists, duos or groups. Each act will then work on their entry for the Junior Songfestival final in September, the winner of which will represent the Netherlands in Warsaw. The exact groupings of the acts will be revealed next week on the official Junior Songfestival Youtube channel.
Junior Eurovision 2020 is to be held on November 29 in the Polish capital, Warsaw. The competition is being hosted by the Polish public broadcaster TVP, after Viki Gabor took victory with the song “Superhero”. The show will be staged in a TV studio facility in Warsaw, not a large arena as has been seen in previous years.
Matheu represented the Netherlands in Gliwice with the song “Dans met jou”. He finished in 4th place with 186 points.
Source: Junior Songfestival / Image Source: EBU / Thomas Hanses
The Netherlands in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
The Netherlands debuted at the first edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2003 and is one of only two countries to have taken part in every edition to date. 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.