AVROTROS, the Dutch national broadcaster, has announced that the final of Junior Songfestival 2020 will be held on September 26 in Rotterdam Ahoy.
The final of Junior Songfestival 2020 marks the first time since 2017 that the contest takes place outside of the Theater Hanzehof in Zutphen. The final will also take place without an audience for the first time in history, due to the current coronavirus pandemic. It is expected that the final will follow the format of previous years and have the Dutch representative for Krakow decided by an adult jury, a kids jury and online voting.
Rotterdam Ahoy previously hosted the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2007 and was due to host this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. It will instead host Eurovision 2021.
Yesterday, the names of both the boy band (Thimo, Tyrone, Teddy and Thijs) and girl band (Jayda, Maud, Naomi and Demi) were revealed. The names were chosen by followers of the Junior Songfestival social media channels. The boy band is called “T-Square” and the girl band is called “Unity”.
The four acts that will perform in Rotterdam are:
- Jackie and Janae
The entries that each act will perform during the final will be released at a later date.
Junior Eurovision 2020 is to be held on November 29 in the Polish capital of 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 last year in Gliwice with the song “Dans met jou”. He finished in 4th place with 186 points.
Source: Junior Songfestival / Image Source: EBU
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.