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Take a look at Ayana’s rehearsals and the voting details for The Netherlands in Junior Eurovision 2021

Voting is now open for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2021! Once again, fans from all over the world can cast their votes for this year’s contest right now. But who should you vote for? To help you decide, let us take you through a review of each artist’s rehearsals and their voting details!

15. The Netherlands: Ayana – Mata Sugu Aō Ne

Performing 15th in this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest live final will be Ayana from The Netherlands with the song “Mata Sugu Aō Ne”. The track’s music and lyrics were written by Ferry Lagendijk.

The performance of “Mata Sugu Aō Ne” is true to Ayana herself, the story of the lyrics and an elevation from the staging we saw in the Dutch national selection. With beautiful cherry blossoms adorning the LED screens and a gorgeous sunset coloured sky on the backdrop, we are completely enveloped in the song from the very start. The prop is seamlessly removed from the stage for the second half of the song, with the dancers joining Ayana for the trio to really showcase their togetherness.

As we saw in the clip from the first rehearsal, this performance totally embodies Ayana’s culture and seeing the traditional Japanese dance “kamigata mai” really emphasises the authentic nature of this performance. The use of Japanese imagery is undoubtedly very close to her heart as the song describes how Ayana has been unable to visit her relatives in Japan as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

First rehearsal recap

Vote for The Netherlands now!

Votes can be cast via vote.junioreurovision.tv NOW! Viewers from all over the world can vote for three countries.

The first round of voting is open right now and will close at 3.59pm CET on Sunday 19th December, just before the beginning of the live broadcast. Then, voting will reopen during the show for approximately fifteen minutes following the final performance so further votes can be cast.

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Nathan Waddell

I am the Editor in Chief of ESCXTRA, a huge Melodifestivalen fan and love sports. You can find me singing along to Scandinavian Eurovision entries, listening to the latest chart music on Spotify or watching the football and tennis on two different screens at once.

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