JUNIOR EUROVISION 2021: Shining the spotlight on Ayana from The Netherlands and her song ‘Mata Sugu Aō Ne’!

December 11, 2021

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Ayana has the honour of representing The Netherlands in Paris with her mesmerising ballad 'Mata Sugu Aō Ne'. Here is all the information you need on Ayana and her song!

Who is Ayana?

Ayana is a 14 year old singer who was born in the Netherlands to a Japanese Mother and a British father. She is no stranger to the stage, having been a part of the well known dutch kids pop group ‘Kinderen voor kinderen’ for four years. She currently lives in the town of Bussum.

How did she get selected?

The dutch show ‘Junior Songfestival’ (Junior Eurovision) has been the selection method for the Dutch representative since the very first Junior Eurovision in 2003. Ayana made is through the audition rounds, and was finally put as a solo act, alongside fellow solo artist Priscilla and 2 groups, Sh!ne and Melody. Dominating both the kids jury and adult jury, and finishing third in the online vote, Ayana won the selection with 30 points. The full results were:

  1. Ayana: Mata Sugu Aō Ne- 33 points (12+12+9)
  2. Sh!ne: A Million Little Things- 30 points (10+8+12)
  3. Melody: Niet Wat Vrienden Doen- 28 points (8+10+10)
  4. Priscilla: Be Alright -26 (9+9+8)

Tell us about the song!

Mata Sugu Aō Ne is an emotional power balled that talks about missing loved ones, and hoping to fly away to be with them. 

The theme of the song hits home for singer Ayana, who has not seen her relatives in Japan for a long time due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Sing along to 'Mata Sugu Aō Ne': Lyrics

dutch/japanese/English 

Als ik toch vandaag nog kon
Heen en weer de wereld rond
En we samen zouden zijn
 
Want ik mis
Elk moment dat ik daar ben
Een groot deel van wat ik ken
We are miles apart
 
I miss you every single day
Wish I could fly away (mata sugu aō ne)
Mijn vlieger neemt me mee
Snel volg ik dan mijn weg naar jouHope to see you soon
Mata sugu aō ne
 
Als jij ook tegelijk naar boven kijkt
En er minder afstand lijkt
Voel ik je heel dichtbij
I miss you every single day
 
Wish I could fly away (mata sugu aō ne)
Mijn vlieger neemt me mee (ikigai)
Snel volg ik dan mijn weg naar jou
Hope to see you soon
 
In mijn dromen kan ik zweven
Met mijn vlieger door de lucht
Naar de kersenbloesem toe, oh
 
Ik wil alles daar beleven
En mijn vlieger van papier
Brengt mij daar en dan weer hier
 
Wish I could fly away
I’m waiting for that day
Wish I could fly away (mata sugu aō ne)
Mijn vlieger neemt me mee (ikigai)
Snel volg ik dan mijn weg naar jou
Hope to see you soon
 
You are so far away (mata sugu aō ne)
I miss you every day (ikigai)
Snel volg ik dan mijn weg naar jou
Hope to see you soon
Mata sugu aō ne
Als ik je weer zie

English translation

If I only could today
Go around the world
And we would be together
 
Because I miss
every moment that I’m there
A big part of what I am
We are miles apart
 
I miss you every single day
Wish I could fly away (mata sugu aō ne)
My kite takes me away
Quickly I follow the road to you
Hope to see you soon
Mata sugu aō ne
 
If you also look up at the same time
and there seems less distance
I feel you very close by
I miss you every single day
 
Wish I could fly away (mata sugu aō ne)
My kite takes me away(ikigai)
Quickly I follow the road to you
Hope to see you soon
 
In my dreams
I can fly with my kite through the sky
towards the cherry blossom, oh
 
I want to experience everything there
And my paper kite
Brings me there and then back here again
 
Wish I could fly away
I’m waiting for that day
Wish I could fly away (mata sugu aō ne)
My kite takes me away (ikigai)
Quickly I follow the road to you
Hope to see you soon
 
You are so far away (mata sugu aō ne)
I miss you every day (ikigai)
quickly I follow the road to you
Hope to see you soon
Mata sugu aō ne
When I see you again

The Netherlands at Junior Eurovision

The Netherlands is the only country that has been participating in the Junior Eurovision every edition since their debut in the first edition in 2003. In addition to winning the contest once in 2009, with Ralf Mackenbach and his song Click-Clack, The Netherlands also came second once, in 2011. In 2007 and 2012 they hosted the contest. 

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