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THE NETHERLANDS: Matheu “Dans Met Jou”

Matheu - "Dans met jou"

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The Netherlands is the only 1 out of 2 countries who have participated in every single Junior Eurovision Song Contest. 12 points for anyone who can name the other country without googling it!

The country's only success came in 2009, when Ralph Mackenbach won with the song 'Click Clack'. We all love a bit of drama right? Well, in 2011, Ralph's neighbour claimed he wrote the song instead of Ralph - something that's against Junior Eurovision regulations. Ralph's mum confessed that she had hired the neighbour to help Ralph write the song. It's allowed to have someone else write the song, as long as the artist is involved in the process.

In 2007, the Junior Eurovision Song Contest was held in Rotterdam (the same host city of the upcoming Eurovision in 2020). Three sisters, Lisa, Amy and Shelley represented The Netherlands with the song 'Adem in, Adam uit'. Ten years later, the sisters entered the Eurovision Song Contest as OG3NE with the song 'Lights and Shadows'. Fun fact, they finished 11th on both occasions.

This year, 13 year old Matheu will take to the stage to represent The Netherlands in Gliwice, Poland. His upbeat song 'Dans met jou' that mixes Dutch and English, will definitely get the crowd on their feet. Watching the performance at the Dutch national selection, there was so much energy on stage with Matheu and his boys dancing around, and clearly enjoying themselves. Matheu's victory was a very convincing one. He was able to win the kids' jury, the adults' jury (1998 and 2007 Eurovision Song Contest contestant, Edsilia Rombley, was one of the judges) and also the televote.

You can certainly tell that Matheu is used to being on stage, as his performance is filled with confidence and he's not shy of a bit of crowd interaction. His experience on stage can be attributed to his roles in several Dutch films and musicals, as well as even performing for Dutch Royalty, Queen Maxima.

When Matheu isn't performing, he is most likely going to be at fun fairs (amusement parks), as his parents travel around The Netherlands with a rollercoaster.

Things must have changed in Holland since I left, as Matheu goes dancing in the city every week with his boys and hopes to dance with a very special girl again. When I was 13, I definitely wasn't allowed to go to the city on my own to dance. This boy is living the good life!

I don't know what it's like for someone who doesn't speak the language, but the song definitely stuck in my head. I have good hopes Matheu will finish in the top of the leaderboard at the contest this November.

If you want to dance and sing with Matheu, here are the English lyrics:

Dance with you
Tonight, I'm going to the city again
Hoping you will be there too
I've laughed so much with you
But that evening passed by way too soon

I've waited a week for this
You are still on my mind
I think about your smile over and over again
I've called my boys long ago already
And told them everything about you
Tonight, we're going out again

I'm sure I will dance with you then
Every day you spin me round and round
You make me float like an astronaut
Let's dance this song together, it's only getting better

Tonight, I can see your smile again
And your smile enchants me
For days already I can't wait
If only I could travel time

I've waited a week for this
You are still on my mind
I think about your smile over and over again
I've called my boys long ago already
And told them everything about you
Tonight, we're going out again

I'm sure I will dance with you then
Every day you spin me round and round
You make me float like an astronaut
Let's dance this song together, it's only getting better

I'm sure I will dance with you then
Every day you spin me round and round
I'm sure I will dance with you then
Every day you spin me round and round

I've waited a week for this
You are still on my mind
I think about your smile over and over again
I've called my boys long ago already
And told them everything about you
Tonight, we're going out again

I'm sure I will dance with you then
(Ooh ooh ooh ooh)
You make me float like an astronaut
Let's dance this song together, it's only getting better

I'm sure I will dance with you then
Every day you spin me round and round
I'm sure I will dance with you then
Let's dance this song together, it's only getting better

I'm sure I will dance with you then