Netherlands in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017

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Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017
Country  Netherlands
National selection
Selection process Junior Songfestival 2017
Selection date(s)
  • Semi-final 1: 2 September 2017
  • Semi-final 2: 9 September 2017
  • Final: 16 September 2017
  • Song: 6 October 2017
Selected entrant FOURCE
Selected song "Love Me"
Selected songwriter(s) Joost Griffioen
Stas Swaczyna
Finals performance
Final result 4th - 156 points
Netherlands in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
◄2016 2017 2018►

The Netherlands participated in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 which took place in Tbilisi, Georgia on 26 November 2017. The Dutch broadcaster AVROTROS is responsible for the organisation of their representative at the contest. Their entry was selected through the national selection Junior Songfestival 2017.[1] It consisted of six contestants who were divided into two semifinals, taking place on 2 September 2017 and 9 September 2017. The final took take place on 16 September 2017. The boyband FOURCE, a quartet consisting of the four boys Jannes, Niels, Max and Ian, were selected as the winners of the national selection. Their song for the contest, "Love Me", was released on 6 October 2017.


Prior to the 2017 Contest, the Netherlands had participated in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest fourteen times since its first entry in 2003. The Netherlands have won the contest on one occasion: in 2009 with the song "Click Clack" performed by Ralf Mackenbach. In 2016, the Netherlands placed 8th out of 17 entries with the song "Kisses & Dancin'" performed by the girl band Kisses.

Before Junior Eurovision[edit]

On 7 June 2017, Dutch broadcaster AVROTROS announced that they would return to the televised process Junior Songfestival for the first time since 2015. The semifinals took place on 2 September 2017 and 9 September 2017, while the final took place on 16 September 2017. The winner was decided by a jury, and unlike in previous years, the artists performed covers instead of the final songs.[2]

Junior Songfestival 2017[edit]


The Dutch broadcaster revealed the three jury members on 24 August 2017. The three main juries will select one qualifier from each semifinal, and there was also a wildcard jury made up of former Dutch Junior Eurovision contestants who were responsible for selecting an extra qualifier from the semifinals.[3]

Jury members
Kim-Lian van der Meij
Tim Douwsma
Sharon Doorson
Wildcard jury members Junior Eurovision relation
Ralf Mackenbach Represented Netherlands in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2009 and won the contest.
Mylène & Rosanne Represented Netherlands in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2013.
Kisses Represented Netherlands in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016.


Table key
     Participant who qualified to the final.
     Participant who qualified to the final via wildcard.


Semi-final 1[edit]

Draw[4] Artist[4] Song


Place Result
1 Montana "Hold My Hand" (Jess Glynne) 2 Wildcard
2 Dreamz "Chained to the Rhythm" (Katy Perry) 3 Eliminated
3 Sezina "Symphony" (Clean Bandit and Zara Larsson) 1 Advanced

Semi-final 2[edit]

Draw[4] Artist[4] Song Place Result
1 FOURCE "There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back" (Shawn Mendes) 1 Advanced
2 Wieke and Dylan "A Whole New World" (Aladdin) 3 Eliminated
3 Manouk "Say You Won't Let Go" (James Arthur) 2 Eliminated


Draw Artist Song [6] Place
1 Sezina "Issues" (Julia Michaels) 2
2 FOURCE "September Song" (JP Cooper) 1
3 Montana "Sign of the Times" (Harry Styles) 3

Artist and song information[edit]

Netherlands "Love Me"
Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 entry
Max Mies
Jannes Heuvelmans
Niels Schlimback
Ian Kuyper
Joost Griffioen, Stas Swaczyna
Joost Griffioen
Appearance chronology
◄ "Kisses and Dancin'" (2016)   


FOURCE at opening ceremony of JESC 2017

Together Max Mies (born 6 January 2003), Jannes Heuvelmans (born 4 April 2003), Niels Schlimback (born 12 April 2005) and Ian Kuyper (born 4 April 2004) make FOURCE. Right after they were selected for the semi-final, they asked the public to help them come up with a name for them as a boyband. Many fans submitted their ideas and eventually they chose the name FOURCE. The name refers to the group of four and their strength.

Their song, “Love Me”, was revealed on 6th October.

"Love Me"[edit]

"Love Me" is a song performed by Dutch boy band FOURCE. It has represented the Netherlands at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017.

At Junior Eurovision[edit]

During the opening ceremony and the running order draw which both took place on 20 November 2017, the Netherlands was drawn to perform in position 3 on 26 November 2017, following Poland and preceding Armenia.


The results of the 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest were determined by national juries and an online audience vote. Every country had a national jury that consisted of three music industry professionals and two kids aged between 10 and 15 who are citizens of the country they represent. This jury was asked to judge each contestant based on: vocal capacity; the stage performance; the song's composition and originality; and the overall impression by the act. In addition, no member of a national jury could be related in any way to any of the competing acts in such a way that they cannot vote impartially and independently. The first phase of the online voting started on 24 November 2017 when a recap of all the rehearsal performances was shown on before the viewers could vote. After this, voters also had the option to watch longer one-minute clips from each participant’s rehearsal. This first round of voting ended on Sunday 26 November at 15:59 CET. The second phase of the online voting took place during the live show and started right after the last performance and was open for 15 minutes. International viewers could vote for a minimum of three countries and a maximum of five. They could also vote for their own country’s song. These votes were then turned into points. The amount of points was determined by the percentage of votes received. For example, if a song received 20% of the votes, thus it would receive 20% of the available points. The public vote counted for 50% of the final result, while the other 50% came from the professional juries.

Points awarded to The Netherlands[edit]

12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
  • The Netherlands received 112 points from Online voting.

Points awarded by The Netherlands[edit]