The second artist to feature in our Who Is series for the Junior Eurovision 2021 season is Ayana from the Netherlands.
Ayana Voss was born on May 7 2007 in Bussum in North Holland to an English father and a Japanese mother. As a result of her upbrining, she speaks Dutch, English and Japanese. She has two older twin sisters, Selina and Emina, and a pet tortoise called Man-nen (“ten thousand years” in Japanese).
Ayana was in four editions of the children’s choir Kinderen voor Kinderen, including the 40th anniversary edition. Aside from singing, she likes dance, do crafts and play piano. Her favourite food is sushi. If she isn’t a singer when she is older, she would like to be a doctor instead.
Ayana was selected to represent the Netherlands at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest this year after winning Junior Songfestival 2021.
She will sing “Mata sugu aō ne”, (またすぐ会おうね – See you soon) a song about missing her family in Japan. This is the second time that Japanese will be heard at Junior Eurovision having first been featured in the Serbian entry in 2006.
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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.