Netherlands in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest

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Member stationAVRO (2003–2013)
AVROTROS (2014–)
National selection events
Participation summary
First appearance2003
Best result1st: 2009
Worst result15th: 2015
External links
Netherlands's page at
Song contest current event.png For the most recent participation see
Netherlands in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018

The Netherlands has sent an entry to every Junior Eurovision Song Contest since its creation in 2003. The Netherlands is one of only two countries to have taken part in every Junior Eurovision Song Contest, the other one being Belarus.


The Netherlands are one of the sixteen countries to have made their debut at the inaugural Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2003, which took place on 15 November 2003 at the Forum in Copenhagen, Denmark.[1] AVRO was responsible for the organisation of the Dutch Junior Eurovision Song Contest entry. A national final has been organised by AVRO to select the entry, called Junior Songfestival. Entrants previously wrote their own songs and sent it to the broadcaster, where a jury and the public decided the winner. However, as of 2016, candidates audition individually and are placed in groups later on.

The Netherlands has won the contest once - in 2009 Ralf Mackenbach went on to victory at the 2009 Contest in Kiev, Ukraine with his song "Click Clack", beating runners-up Russia and Armenia by just five points. This was the Netherlands' fifth Eurovision victory at any Eurovision Song Contest and the first win since the Eurovision Song Contest 1975.

The 2007 Contest was held in the Netherlands, at the Ahoy in Rotterdam. The 2012 contest was held in the Netherlands as well, making it the first country to host the Junior Eurovision Song Contest twice.


Table key

 1st place   2nd place   3rd place   Last place 

Year Artist Song Language Place Points
2003 Roel "Mijn ogen zeggen alles" Dutch 11 23
2004 Klaartje & Nicky "Hij is een kei" Dutch 11 27
2005 Tess "Stupid" Dutch 7 82
2006 Kimberly "Goed" Dutch 12 44
2007 Lisa, Amy & Shelley "Adem in, adem uit" Dutch 11 39
2008 Marissa "1 dag" Dutch 13 27
2009 Ralf Mackenbach "Click Clack" Dutch, English 1 121
2010 Senna & Anna "My Family" Dutch, English 9 52
2011 Rachel "Teenager" Dutch 2 103
2012 Femke "Tik Tak Tik" Dutch 7 69
2013 Mylène & Rosanne "Double Me" Dutch, English 8 59
2014 Julia "Around" Dutch, English 8 70
2015 Shalisa "Million Lights" Dutch, English 15 35
2016 Kisses "Kisses and Dancin'" Dutch, English 8 174
2017 FOURCE "Love me" Dutch, English 4 156
2018 Max & Anne "Samen" Dutch, English 13 91


Broadcasts and voting[edit]

Commentators and spokespersons[edit]

The contests are broadcast online worldwide through the official Junior Eurovision Song Contest website and YouTube. In 2015, the online broadcasts featured commentary in English by editor Luke Fisher and 2011 Bulgarian Junior Eurovision Song Contest entrant Ivan Ivanov.[2] The Dutch broadcaster, AVROTROS, sent their own commentator to each contest in order to provide commentary in the Dutch language. Spokespersons were also chosen by the national broadcaster in order to announce the awarding points from Netherlands. The table below list the details of each commentator and spokesperson since 2003.

Year(s) Commentator Spokesperson
2003 Angela Groothuizen Aisa
2004 Danny
2005 Tooske Ragas Giovanni
2006 Sipke Jan Bousema Tess Gaerthé
2007 Marcel Kuijer Kimberly Nieuwenhuizen
2008 Sipke Jan Bousema Famke Rauch
2009 Marissa Grasdijk
2010 Bram Bos
2011 Marcel Kuijer Anna Lagerweij
2012 Lidewei Loot
2013 Alessandro Wempe
2014 Jan Smit Mylène and Rosanne
2015 Julia van Bergen
2016 Anneloes
2017 Thijs Schlimback
2018 Vincent Miranovich

Voting history[edit]

The tables below shows The Netherlands' top-five voting history rankings up until their most recent participation in 2018 and takes into account the new voting system which allows the adult and kids juries each to award a set of points, introduced by the European Broadcasting Union from the 2016 contest onwards.[3]


Year Location Venue Presenters
2007 Rotterdam Rotterdam Ahoy Kim-Lian van der Meij and Sipke Jan Bousema
2012 Amsterdam Heineken Music Hall Ewout Genemans and Kim-Lian van der Meij

See also[edit]


  1. ^ García, Belén (7 September 2015). "#BestOfJESC – Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2003". ESC+Plus. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  2. ^ Fisher, Luke James (21 November 2015). "Tonight: Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015!". Junior Eurovision Song Contest – Bulgaria 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  3. ^ Jordan, Paul (13 May 2016). "Format changes for the Junior Eurovision 2016". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 17 May 2016.

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