Ayana will represent The Netherlands at the 2021 Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Paris, France.
Tonight the final of Junior Songfestival 2021 took place at the Rotterdam Ahoy arena, hosted by Romy Monteiro and Buddy Vedder. Four artists took to the stage, they were:
- Ayana – Mata Sugu Aō Ne
- Melody – Niet Wat Vrienden Doen
- Priscilla – Be Alright
- SH!NE – A Million Little Things
The winner was determined by 33% online voting, 33% adult jury voting, and 33% children’s jury voting. Ayana came first in both the children’s and adult jury vote, and third in the online vote.
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 professionals 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)
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”.
Nineteen countries will participate in November. They are:
- Azerbaijan – Sona Azizova
- Germany – Pauline – “Imagine Us”
- Netherlands – Ayana – “Mata Sugu Aō Ne”
- North Macedonia
- Portugal – Simão Oliveira
- Spain – Levi Díaz
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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.