Netherlands in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest

The Netherlands has participated in every edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest since its inception in 2003. The country has won the competition on one occasion; in 2009, with the song "Click Clack" by Ralf Mackenbach. Dutch broadcaster AVROTROS (formerly AVRO) has been responsible for the participation, selecting the nation's entrant through the national final Junior Songfestival. The Netherlands is the only country to have taken part in every edition of the contest.

Member stationAVRO (2003–2013)
AVROTROS (2014–)
National selection events
National final
  • Junior Songfestival
  • 2003–2015
  • 2017 (artist)
  • 2018–2022
Internal selection
  • 2016
  • 2017 (song)
Participation summary
Host2007, 2012
First appearance2003
Highest placement1st: 2009
External links
Netherlands's page at
Song contest current event.png For the most recent participation see
Netherlands in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2021


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]

The broadcaster AVROTROS, formerly AVRO, is 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. Since 2016, candidates audition individually and are placed in groups later on.

As of 2021, the Netherlands has won the competition once – at the 2009 contest in Kyiv, Ukraine, Ralf Mackenbach won with the song "Click Clack" with 121 points, beating runners-up Russia and Armenia by just five points. This was the Netherlands' fifth victory at any Eurovision event, the last time being the Eurovision Song Contest 1975.

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

Participation overviewEdit

Mylène and Rosanne in Kyiv (2013)
Table key
Second place
Last place
Year Entrant Song Language Place Points
Roel "Mijn ogen zeggen alles" Dutch 11 23
Klaartje & Nicky "Hij is een kei" Dutch 11 27
Tess "Stupid" Dutch 7 82
Kimberly "Goed" Dutch 12 44
Lisa, Amy & Shelley "Adem in, adem uit" Dutch 11 39
Marissa "1 dag" Dutch 13 27
Ralf Mackenbach "Click Clack" Dutch, English 1 121
Senna & Anna "My Family" Dutch, English 9 52
Rachel "Teenager" Dutch[a] 2 103
Femke "Tik tak tik" Dutch 7 69
Mylène & Rosanne "Double Me" Dutch, English 8 59
Julia "Around" Dutch, English 8 70
Shalisa "Million Lights" Dutch, English 15 35
Kisses "Kisses and Dancin'" Dutch, English 8 174
Fource "Love Me" Dutch, English 4 156
Max & Anne "Samen" Dutch, English 13 91
Matheu "Dans met jou" Dutch, English 4 186
Unity "Best Friends" Dutch, English 4 132
Ayana "Mata Sugu Aō Ne" (またすぐ会おうね) Dutch, English[b] 19 ◁ 43
Luna "La festa" Dutch, English Upcoming

Commentators and spokespersonsEdit

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 Channel Commentator Spokesperson Ref.
2003 NPO 2 Angela Groothuizen Aisa
2004 Danny
2005 Tooske Ragas Giovanni Kemper
2006 NPO 3 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 NPO 1 Lidewei Loot
2013 NPO 3 Alessandro Wempe
2014 NPO Zapp Jan Smit Mylène and Rosanne
2015 Julia van Bergen
2016 Anneloes
2017 Thijs Schlimback
2018 Vincent Miranovich
2019 Buddy Vedder Anne Buhre
2020 Jan Smit Robin de Haas
2021 Buddy Vedder Matheu


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 alsoEdit


  1. ^ Contains some phrases in English
  2. ^ Contains two repeated phrases in Japanese


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