Ralf Mackenbach

Ralf J. J. Mackenbach[1] is a Dutch plasma physicist, artist and former child star who rose to prominence after winning the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2009[2] in Kyiv, Ukraine on 21 November 2009. With "Click clack", he became the first and so far only Dutch winner of the contest.

Ralf Mackenbach
Ralf Mackenbach at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Minsk in 2010.
Ralf Mackenbach at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Minsk in 2010.
Background information
Birth nameRalf Mackenbach
Born (1995-10-04) 4 October 1995 (age 25)
Best, Netherlands
Musical artist
Plasma physicist
InstrumentsVocals, piano, drums
Years active2005–2011 (stage)
2007–present (dancer)
2009–present (singer)
Associated actsRick Mackenbach


Early lifeEdit

Mackenbach was born in Best and has an older brother Rick (born 1993). As a child, he starred in the musicals Tarzan and Beauty and the Beast.[3] He attended Amsterdam's dancing academy Lucia Marthas, and studied acting at Centrum voor de Kunsten Eindhoven (CKE) in Eindhoven.[4]

Musical careerEdit

In 2009, at the age of thirteen, Mackenbach won the 2009 edition of Junior Songfestival with the song "Click clack".[5] As a result, he represented The Netherlands in the 2009 Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine, and finished in the top spot with 121 points. "Click clack" peaked at #7 in the Single Top 100.[6] Subsequently, he appeared in both the 2010 and 2012 contests as part of an interval act.

Mackenbach's debut album RALF achieved a top 10 spot in the Dutch album charts and entered the Flemish album charts at #59.[7] In March 2011, it achieved gold status with over 25.000 sales.[8]

In 2011, he participated in the show Sterren dansen op het ijs. He was a judge on the 2011 edition of the Dutch talent show My Name is.... In 2019, he appeared as a judge on the Dutch adaption of All Together Now.[9]

Academic careerEdit

After graduating secondary school with a VWO certificate, Mackenbach studied at the TU Eindhoven. In 2019, he finished a master's degree in nuclear fusion, for which he wrote the dissertation Numerical Modelling of Mode Penetration in Cylindrical Geometries using M3D-C1.[10]



  • RALF (2010)
  • Moving On (2011)
  • Seventeen (2012)


  1. ^ "Ralf J. J. Mackenbach". TU/e. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  2. ^ "Netherlands first, Russia second at Junior Eurovision". Kyiv Post. November 23, 2009. Retrieved 10 May 2011.
  3. ^ "Ralf Mackenbach". Theaterencyclopedie. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  4. ^ Brandt, Monique (21 November 2009). "Nederland wint Junior Eurovisie Songfestival". Parool.nl. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  5. ^ Findhammer-Schut, Martine. "ZO GAAT HET NU MET RALF MACKENBACH, DIE IN 2009 JUNIOR EUROVISIESONGFESTIVAL WON". Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  6. ^ "RALF - CLICK CLACK". DutchCharts.nl. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  7. ^ "RALF - RALF". DutchCharts.nl. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  8. ^ "Debuutalbum Ralf is Goud". Shownieuws. 20 March 2011. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  9. ^ Heerkens, Robin. "Ken je 'm nog? Junior Songfestival-winnaar Ralf Mackenbach is nu… ingenieur!". Veronica Superguide. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  10. ^ Mackenbach, R.J.J. "Numerical modelling of mode penetration in cylindrical geometries using M3D-C1". TU/e. Retrieved 16 September 2020.

External linksEdit

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
with "1 dag"
Netherlands in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Senna and Anna
with "My Family"
Preceded by
with "Bzz.."
Winner of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
  Vladimir Arzumanyan
with "Mama"