As we head into Junior Eurovision week, more and more countries are continuing to confirm how their coverage will look like for this year. This time, its the Netherlands’ turn as it was revealed that Matheu Hinzen and Bart Arens will be the Dutch commentators for this year’s show.
About the commentators
Out of the two commentators, the one most familar to Eurovision fans is Matheu Hinzen, who represented The Netherlands at Junior Eurovision 2019 with “Dans Met Jou” which placed 4th in Gliwice-Silesia. Since then, Matheu became the Dutch spokesperson for Junior Eurovision 2021, and hosted this year’s Junior Songfestival.
Joining Matheu in the commentating duties is Bart Arens, who is making their debut as a commentator at Junior Eurovision. Bart is a Dutch Radio DJ and can be heard in NPO Radio 2 and 3FM.
Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2022
The 2022 Junior Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Yerevan, following Malena’s win in the 2021 Junior Eurovision Song Contest with “Qami Qami“, with the competition set to take place on the 11th of December. The competing countries in this year’s competition are as follows:
- Albania – Kejtlin Gjata
- Armenia – Nare
- France – Lissandro
- Georgia – Mariam Bigvava
- Ireland – Sophie Lennon
- Italy– Chanel Dilecta
- Kazakhstan – David Charlin
- Malta – Gaia Gambuzza
- The Netherlands – Luna
- North Macedonia – Lara, Irina & Jovan
- Poland – Laura Bączkiewicz
- Portugal – Nicolas Alves
- Serbia – Katarina Savić
- Spain – Carlos Higes
- Ukraine – Zlata Dziunka
- United Kingdom – Freya Skye
To keep up to date with our coverage of the 2022 Junior Eurovision coverage, you can do so by clicking right here.
The Netherlands’ Junior Eurovision Journey
The Netherlands has participated in every edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest since its inception, first taking part in 2003. The country’s first entry came in the form of Roel, singing “Mijn ogen zeggen alles”. At the close of voting, the Netherlands finished in 11th place, earning 23 points. Since then, the Netherlands have taken part another 18 times, earning one victory in 2009 with Ralf Mackenbach singing “Click-Clack”.
In 2021, the Netherlands were represented by Ayana with her song “Mata Sugu Ao Ne” in Paris. Once the combined scores were revealed, the Netherlands finished 19th overall, with a score of 43 points.
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News Source: NPO
Photo Credit: Matheu Hinzen & NPO