3 acts competed in the Dutch national selection for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2020. For the competition, the finalists travelled to what will be the site of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021, Rotterdam's Ahoy, where girl-group Unity were declared the winners!
It was originally intended that 4 acts would perform in Rotterdam for the selection, but 2 of the finalists, Unity member Demi and solo singer Robin, could not perform due to a positive COVID-19 test. The remaining 3 acts performed in front of hosts Buddy Vedder and Romy Monteiro, as well as a small audience of family and friends.
T-Square, a group consisting of Thimo (12), Teddy (13), Thijs (13) and Tyrone (13) performed their song Count On Me. Jackie & Janae (Janae, 12 and Jackie, 13) performed the song It's You And Me while Unity, which tonight consisted of members Naomi (13), Maud (14) and Jayda (13), sung Best Friends.
A combination of a professional jury, a children's jury and online voting determined Unity as the winners.
Unity consists of Naomi (13), Demi (14), Maud (14) and Jayda (13). They will perform the song Best Friends on the 29th of November. All four members have a rich musical history for their young ages.
Jayda has been part of Kinderen voor Kinderen, a Dutch children's choir, and has been dancing and singing since she was very young.
Demi, who couldn't participate in the live national final show tonight, won a platinum record when she was part of Kinderen voor Kinderen, went to theatre school when she was 6 and played Pippi Longstocking in a local musical.
Maud started guitar lessons when she was 8 and has since attended a music academy. She also took part in The Voice Kids in the Netherlands.
Naomi started playing in musicals when she was 7 and has been singing in church years now.
The children's jury was composed of Matheu, who represented the Netherlands at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2019 in Poland and 6TIMES, who placed second in the final of the Dutch national selection in 2019. They gave 9 points to T-Square, 10 to Unity and 12 to Jackie and Janae.
The professional jury consisted of Duncan Laurence, who won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2019, Fenna Ramos and Ronnie Flex. They awarded 9 points to Jackie and Janae, 10 to T-Square and 12 to Unity.
During the live final on television, online voting opened and the Dutch public could vote for their favourite. Their votes added to 9 points for Jackie and Janae, 10 for T-Square and 12 for Unity.
Unity finished on top with 34 points and cemented their place as the Netherlands' Junior Eurovision candidates for 2020. Jackie and Janae were second with 30 points and T-square finished third with 29 points.