Hundreds entered the race to sing for the Netherlands at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016. But in the end Kymora, Stefania and Sterre emerged victorious.
Their selection marks a huge departure for the Netherlands. After more than a decade of staging Junior Songfestival — the televised national selection process for JESC — AVROTROS decided to drastically change the selection this year in response to a steady decline in ratings.
This year’s selection took place entirely on the Junior Songfestival YouTube channel, and the goal was the select members for a group to represent the Netherlands.
Children aged between 9 and 14 could audition for the selection and 28 lucky candidates were selected for the first round. Each candidate had to make a vlog introducing themselves to the public. The public were then asked to like the vlog of the person they most wanted to make the final round. The winner of the like-a-thon — it turned out to be Sterre — earned a spot directly in the final.
AVROTROS announced the three members of the girl group via an Instagram post, shortly after the final round video was released. The group has not yet decided on a name.
About Kymora, Stefania & Sterre
Kymora (11) loves singing and attempted to represent the Netherlands last year with her self-written song “Ik wil mezelf zijn“. Kymora plays several instruments: the acoustic guitar, the ukelele and the keys.
Stefania (13) has been singing for some time. She participated in the third series of Dutch version of the Voice Kids, making it all the way to the battle rounds. She has been part of VARA‘s childrens’ television choir Kinderen Voor Kinderen as well.
Sterre (13) has been musically active since a young age, singing and playing the guitar. Just like Stefania, she has been part of Kinderen Voor Kinderen, with whom she cracked the charts with “Klaar voor de start” in 2013. She was also the main star in a fish finger commercial released by the Iglo Group last year.
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