Netherlands in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest

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Member station AVRO (2003–2013)
AVROTROS (2014–)
National selection events
Participation summary
Appearances 14
First appearance 2003
Best result 1st: 2009
Worst result 15th: 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 2016

The Netherlandshas sent an entry to every Junior Eurovision Song Contestsince 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 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 write their own songs and send it to the broadcaster, where a jury and the public decide the winner.

The Netherlands has won the contest once – in 2009 Ralf Mackenbach went on to victory at the 2009 Contest in KievUkrainewith his song “Click Clack”, beating runners-up Russia and Armeniaby 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 and 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 and Anna “My Family” Dutch, English 9 52
2011 Rachel “Teenager” Dutch 2 103
2012 Femke “Tik Tak Tik” Dutch 7 69
2013 Mylène and 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


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

Voting history[edit]

The tables below shows The Netherlands’ top-five voting history rankings up until their most recent participation in 2016 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 Ahoy Rotterdam Kim-Lian van der Meij and Sipke Jan Bousema
2012 Amsterdam Heineken Music Hall Ewout Genemans and Kim-Lian van der Meij