Category: THE NETHERLANDS
THE NETHERLANDS – Duncan Laurence is representing The Netherlands with the song Arcade at the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv. The singer-songwriter, who wrote Arcade himself, has just announced this on the biggest national talkshow of The Netherlands.
Duncan Laurence about Arcade: “When I was studying at the Rockacademie I learned that you can appeal to a large audience without losing your own story in the process. I searched for touching stories that moves people, from my own life or someone else’s. I got my inspiration from the story of a loved one who died at a young age. I decided to call the song Arcade – the words and chords came by themselves, which is why, despite the alternations in the song, it still sounds so organic. During the writing process of Arcade I received help from Joel Sjöö and Wouter Hardy and because of that it developed into a shared story and not just my own. Arcade is a story about the search for the love of your life. It is the hope for the – sometimes -unattainable.
I have written several songs since Arcade, but to me Arcade feels like the core and the start of my search for how I can do something meaningful for others with my songs. Even though I had already been writing songs for years, Arcade still feels like the start of my career. I want to touch people with my music, possibly help them and give them something. In the case of Arcade, I have created some advice for myself and hopefully for others as well. A lesson of life: you determine your own happiness.”
In the coming period Duncan is going to be focusing on perfecting the act. He will be doing so together with his creative team, made up of, among others, Hans Pannecoucke (artistic direction), Ignace d’Haese (lighting) and Ilse DeLange.
Duncan Laurence will be performing in the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv on Thursday, 16 May. The semi-finals (on 14 and 16 May) and the final (on 18 May) are being broadcast by AVROTROS on the NPO 1 channel.
THE NETHERLANDS – We all agree that AVROTROS went into league B regarding the choice of their Eurovision entrant this year. But Duncan Laurence might easily prove them wrong. Why should a country send to Eurovision only a famous artist? Was Netta actually anything in the Israeli music scene before Eurovision? Duncan will prove the fans (especially the Dutch moaners) wrong or right with his song and his performance. Until then we can enjoy the lovely twitter reactions.
Duncan Laurence was born in 1994 in Spijkenisse, The Netherlands. He graduated this year from the Rock Academy in Tilburg, The Netherlands. Here he developed himself as a singer, songwriter and music producer. Besides that, he spent a lot of time writing songs in London and Stockholm.
“In the past few years many well known artists represented The Netherlands at the Eurovision Song Contest. I’m not well-known, but that’s also a good thing; The Netherlands has a lot of young and talented musicians. My participation proves that nothing is impossible. You can suddenly get the opportunity to represent your country on an international stage. I’m very proud to represent my country… I will give it my all!”.
Laurence started his musical career at the Rock Academy in Tilburg, playing in a number of school bands. He recently graduated from the school. He participated in the fifth season of The Voice of Holland, under the coaching of Ilse DeLange. He, with Jihad Rahmouni, wrote the song “Closer” on K-pop duo TVXQ’s 2018 album New Chapter #1: The Chance of Love.
Surely you folks repping Oz, and one of your tour acts Duncan Laurence repping The Netherlands, it's written in the stars!??
— Tom Stevenson (@tgTvholic) January 21, 2019
duncan laurence is the nexe lozer
— peter (@thepeeterd) January 21, 2019
🇳🇱Are you excited for Duncan Laurence?#Eurovision
— Eurovision Panda (@EurovisionPanda) January 21, 2019
Veryyy excited about Duncan Laurence, listened to one of his songs on YouTube and his voice makes me melt😍😍
— Gaby (@GabyShedwick) January 21, 2019
wtf is Duncan Laurence ?
— Grote Kapsalon (@Grote_Kapsalon) January 21, 2019
Duncan Laurence has a REALLY nice voice, I’m begging that the song matches 🙈
— Adam (@wegottheflow) January 21, 2019
I am going to be the only Dutch person who says that they know Duncan Laurence he is a very good vocalist!
— 🔫 (@escsatan) January 21, 2019
— OwnVision (@VisionOwn) January 21, 2019
Duncan Laurence seems promising but AVROTROS really shouldn't have revealed their participant on the same day as San Marino
— kjet 🇬🇪 (@shenigulistvis) January 21, 2019
THE NETHERLANDS – Finally, in the rumble of rumors that almost every day he wanted and another artist to represent the Netherlands in Eurovision 2019, the public television in Holland, Avrotros, announced that rock singer Duncan Laurence will raise the flag of the country Tel Aviv.
The evaluation and selection committee says Laurence’s song is so strong that they all agreed that he should go to Israel in May.
The choice of the 24-year-old performer and composer breaks a Dutch tradition of recent years of sending renowned artists to the contest.
Following the announcement, he said:
“My participation proves that everyone can have the opportunity to stand on this great scene. I am very proud to represent the Netherlands in the competition and will give my best self.”
The song by which Duncan Laurence will represent the Netherlands at Eurovision 2019 will be announced at a special press conference on March 7th.
THE NETHERLANDS – According to the reporter’s report, the song that the country will send to Tel Aviv has been selected and is a dance track and will be composed by producer and DJ Armin van Buuren. The singer of the song is still being sought. Just as it was mentioned, it is very likely that the song was created by a well-known DJ, stating that Armin van Buuren might be one. Music editor Koos van Plateringen released information on the Dutch participation in Eurovision 2019.