We reported a little while back that The Netherlands would be returning to a national final format to select their Junior Eurovision act for 2017, and now, the first semi-final has taken place with the first finalist selected!
This week three artists performed, and instead of the national selection deciding on both the song and artist, the current focus is on the artist with the song to be selected at a future date. As such, the artists performed songs of their choice, and here’s who performed:
Sezina – Symphony (Clean Bandit and Zara Larsson)
Montana – Hold My Hand (Jess Glynne)
DREAMZ – Chained to the Rhythm (Katy Perry)
The winner of this first semi-final was Sezina, who impressed the judges and the crowd, who gave various cheers as she hit some incredible notes. The decision was made by purely jury votes however, with the panel consisting of Sharon Doorson, Tim Douwsa and Kim-Lian van der Meij.
Although Sezina won the semi-final, the dream is not over for the two other acts of this semi-final, as they will battle it out with next week’s eliminated contestants to earn the wildcard place in the final. The wildcard jury features former Junior Eurovision stars, including former winner Ralf Mackenbach, Mylene and Rosanne as well as last year’s participants Kisses.
The next semi-final will take place at 19:15 CET on Saturday, where we will see 3 more participants take to the stage! Watch the winning performance here!
Watch the other two performances here: