Sezina Junior Eurovision Netherlands Semi 1

After internally selecting Kisses last year, the Netherlands has resurrected the Junior Songfestival format for Junior Eurovision 2017. The process kicked off on Saturday with Sezina winning the first semi-final.

Unlike previous Dutch selections, this year’s Songfestival will only select the act for Tblisi. The song will be chosen separately. Accordingly, last night’s show saw the three semi-finalists tackle tracks made famous by others. Sezina emerged on top with her cover of Clean Bandit and Zara Larsson’s “Symphony”.

She saw off competition from Montana with Jess Glynne’s “Hold My Hand” and girl group DREAMZ with Katy Perry’s “Chained To The Rhythm”.

Reflecting the 2016 rule change which saw Junior Eurovision become wholly reliant on jury votes, Saturday’s result was determined solely by an expert panel. It consisted of perennial fan hope for Eurovision Sharon Doorson, former Dutch national finalist and TV personality Tim Douwsa and two time Junior Eurovision host Kim-Lian van der Meij.

But Montana or DREAMZ may still make it to the final. They, along with next week’s eliminated acts, will do battle for the all-important wildcard. Their fate lies in the hands of a wildcard jury made up of former Dutch JESC representatives. Ralf Mackenbach (2009), Mylène & Rosanne (2013), and Kisses (2017) are tasked with picking the third qualifier.

Semi-final two is scheduled for 19:15 CET next Saturday, and will see three more sets of hopefuls take to the stage. They are Fource with James Arthur’s “Say You Won’t Let Go”, Wieke and Dylan with “A Whole New World” from Disney’s Aladdin, and Manouk with Shawn Mendes’ “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back”

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beccaboo1212
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Last time I watched rehearsals for the second semi-final, Manouk is covering “Say You Won’t Let Go” and Fource are covering “There’s Nothing Holding Me Back”. :/

Ewan
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She’s an amazing vocalist ! I would love her to represent the Netherlands with a mid tempo upbeat song to show of her vocals :)))

beccaboo1212
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Whatever song is best for Sezina could lead to Amsterdam 2018! 🙂

Roelof Mesters
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Great singer, If She wins for My country, I hope that they wont do a ballad. I mean I LOVED Million Lights, but it didnt score Well at All.

Niels
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she was in the voice kids

azaad
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Her voice is incredible but her enunciation is a bit lacking- so the song should be wholly in Dutch if she won. Nevertheless, an incredible talent!

beccaboo1212
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How old is Sezina? She is amazing! 😀

Josh Kennon
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AMAZING voice — so much potential — With a little more maturity, she should EASILY by The Netherlands entry sometime soon for the non-Junior version of Eurovision — I could even see her former a group/duet with the OG3NE girls (how incredible would THAT be?)

Josh Kennon
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EASILY *be — I could even see her *forming — *sigh* when my fingers get ahead of my brain lol

beccaboo1212
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If you want Sezina to be in the regular Eurovision Song Contest one day, she’ll have to wait until she’s at least 16. :/