Minsk 2018

Max & Anne to represent the Netherlands in Minsk!

Competing against another three acts, Max & Anne have walked away from the Junior Songfestival 2018 victorious, and holding the Dutch ticket to this year’s Junior Eurovision in Minsk! They will perform their song, “Samen”, at the contest on 25 November, which today became the eighth entry to be announced for Junior Eurovision 2018.

There were four acts but only one could win!

The four acts for the Dutch national final were revealed on 28th July, and now finally, two months on, the winner has been decided. Max Albertazzi (born 17 August 2004) & Anne Buhre (born 31 March 2004) competed against three other strong acts in tonight’s national final, in which the winner was decided by an equal three-way vote between a kids jury, professional jury and a public vote.

The four entries in tonight’s Junior Songfestival were:

  1. Remix – “What Girls Do” – 26 points (8+9+9)
  2. Anna – “Touch Each Other’s Heart” – 32 points (10+12+10)
  3. Max & Anne – “Samen” – 34 points (12+10+12)
  4. Kiya – “Butterflies” – 25 points (9+8+8)

The professional jury was made up of the 2016 winner of The Voice of Holland Maan, theatre and television actor Buddy Vedder and singer and musical theatre actor Tommie Christiaan. The kids jury consisted of the members of the Netherlands’ 2017 Junior Eurovision group, Fource.

You can listen to Max & Anne’s winning entry below:

Netherlands in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest

The Netherlands first took part in Junior Eurovision in 2003, when they were represented by Roel and the song, “Mijn ogen zeggen alles”. Out of 16 entries, the Netherlands finished in 11th place, with 23 points. The Netherlands is one of only two countries to have participated in every edition of Junior Eurovision since it began in 2003 (the other being Belarus). 

The Netherlands have only won the contest once in 2009 with Ralf Mackenbach’s “Click Clack”, which won the contest with 121 points, scoring at least 7 points from all participating countries (including three sets of 12 points). Two years later, the Netherlands placed in the top three again, finishing in third place with Rachel and her song, “Teenager”, finishing with 103 points behind eventual winners, Georgia. Last year, in Tbilisi, The Netherlands were represented by all-boy group Fource, who achieved the third ever best Dutch result at the contest, finishing in 4th place with 156 points. Will Max & Anne finish in the top 3 this year? You can read about The Netherlands’ full Junior Eurovision journey so far here.

Fource finished in 4th place in Tbilisi with their song, “Love Me”.

Will you be supporting Max & Anne in Minsk? Did the Netherlands make the right decision upon who to send to the contest?

Let us know in the comments below and on social media @ESCXTRA.

Tom Ryan

After joining the team in 2018, I've been lucky enough to cover four Eurovision seasons and I'm excited to see what 2023 has in store for us! I'm a music enthusiast, but also enjoy learning - so you'll likely find me in a classroom or listening to the best new music!

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