AVROTROS, the Dutch national broadcaster, has revealed the juries for Junior Songfestival 2021.
There will two juries during the final; a chlidren’s jury and a professional jury. Each jury will have a 33% say in the final result. The remaining 33% will come from public voting.
The children’s jury is made up of Junior Songfestival 2020 finalists and consists of:
- Unity (Netherlands Junior Eurovision 2020)
- Robin de Haas (Dutch spokesperson at Junior Eurovision 2020)
- Jackie & Janae (Junior Songfestival 2020 finalists)
The professional jury is made up of adult professional in the music industry. This jury consists of:
- Jeangu Macrooy (Netherlands Eurovision 2021)
- Emma Hesters (Youtuber and singer-songwriter)
- Rolf Sanchez (Singer, third place in X Factor Netherlands 2011)
Jeangu commented on being on the jury and the importance of supporting young talent:
“There are so many talented young people that have a lot to offer and deserve to be seen. I am going to enjoy the finalists alongside Emma and Rolf and give them tips here and there that will hopefully take them further in their musical careers. “
The final of Junior Songfestival 2021 is taking place at the Rotterdam Ahoy on September 25. For the third year in a row, Romy Monteiro & Buddy Vedder will be hosting the show. A total of four acts will be competing to represent the Netherlands in Paris. The competing acts and their songs are:
- Ayana – Mata Sugu Aō Ne
- Melody – Niet Wat Vrienden Doen
- Priscilla – Be Alright
- SH!NE – A Million Little Things
Junior Eurovision 2021
The 2021 Junior Eurovision Song Contest will take place in La Seine Musicale, Paris, France on Sunday 19th December. The contest will be hosted by France for the first time following Valentina’s victory at the 2020 contest with her song “J’imagine”.
To date, the following countries have confirmed participation in the contest:
- Azerbaijan – Sona Azizova
- North Macedonia
- Portugal – Simão Oliveira
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.