AVROTROS, the Dutch national broadcaster, has revealed the juries for Junior Songfestival 2020.
Two juries, alongside public voting, will decide which of the four final acts will represent the Netherlands in Warsaw. One jury is comprised of adult music professionals and the other is comprised of former Junior Songfestival participants.
The members of the adult jury are:
- Duncan Laurence – Winner of Eurovision 2019
- Emma Heesters – Singer, songwriter and YouTuber
- Ronnie Flex – Rapper
The members of the children’s jury are:
- Matheu – Represented the Netherlands in Junior Eurovision 2019
- 6Times (Gioia, Yosina, Roxy, Idaila, Noa and Amy) – Runners-up of Junior Songfestival 2019
Speaking to nu.nl, Duncan commented:
“I am so happy and honoured to be on the Junior Songfestival jury with Ronnie Flex and Emma Heesters. For the finalists, this is a wonderful platform to show the Netherlands what they can do and I hope this can be the start for many musical careers.”
The final of Junior Songfestival 2020 will be held at the Rotterdam Ahoy, the venue for Eurovision 2021 and will be presented by Romy Monteiro and Buddy Vedder. The final will be held on September 26, with the winner going on to represent the Netherlands at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2020. The four acts competing in the final are:
- Unity – Best Friends
- Jackie and Janae – It’s You And Me
- T-Square – Count on Me
- Robin – Mee (Along)
Junior Eurovision 2020 is to due 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.
Image Source: Thomas Hanses / Source: zapp.nl
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.