Four acts competed at Junior Songfestival 2019 at the Theater Hanzehof in Zutphen for the right to represent The Netherlands at Junior Eurovision 2019, and Matheu Hinzen – who performs as Matheu – won a clean sweep of the kids’ jury, the adults’ jury, and the televote with his fun and poppy “Dans met jou.”
“Dans met jou” is written by Jermain Van der Bogt, who is more well-known as pop and progressive rock vocalist Wudstik of For All We Know (with Within Temptation’s Ruud Jolie) and Ayreon, and experienced Junior Eurovision songwriter William Laseroms.
Matheu won the kids’ jury, which included last year’s Dutch performers Anne & Max, the adults’ jury, which included the great Edsilia Rombley from Eurovision 1998 and 2007, and the televote.
6Times came in second place, though curiously last with the kids’ jury. M*ves was second with the kids’ jury, but ended up third overall, with Mannes Bakker in fourth.
The Netherlands is one of two countries to have performed at every Junior Eurovision since its founding in 2003 (Belarus being the other). Ralf Mackenbach won Junior Eurovision 2009 with “Click Clack,” a fan favorite of the contest even ten years on. Rachel Traets came in second with “Teenager” at Junior Eurovision 2011, though largely the nation’s form has been middling, hovering around the middle of the pack in the last decade rather than bothering either the top or the bottom of the table.
Matheu will be looking to improve on Max and Anne’s 13th Place at Junior Eurovision 2018, and already from fan comments on several social media outlets, there is additional pressure from Duncan Lawrence’s win at the adult version this year with most optimistic of adding the junior title to “Arcade’s” win in 2019.
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