The title of the Dutch Eurovision entry for 2019 has been leaked online.
The singer Duncan Laurence will represent The Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv. According to the below image which temporarily appeared on his website today, the title of his song will be “Arcade.”
An official announcement of the song is expected to take place tomorrow on Duncan’s official social media channels. However, two versions of “Arcade” have already leaked on YouTube this afternoon. It is not known which version has been selected as the Dutch Eurovision entry.
Duncan Laurence was internally selected in January by the Dutch broadcaster AVROTROS to represent the nation in the 2019 contest.
Duncan has already received praised from Ilse DeLange who came second for The Netherlands in 2014 contest as part of The Common Linnets. Ilse was Duncan’s coach during his time on the fifth season as The Voice of Holland and she is expected to travel with him to Tel Aviv in support. On the announcement of Duncan’s participation in Eurovision, she said:
Duncan is special. His songs are very international and authentic. Duncan has the personality needed for a big opportunity like this. For him, music always comes first.
Duncan Laurence is originally from Spijkenisse, born in 1994. This year, graduated from the Rock Academy in Tilburg where he studied to become a singer-songwriter as well as music producer. He has also spent time previously in London and Stockholm writing music.
The Netherlands have managed to qualify for five of the last six Eurovision finals. Most recently in 2018, The Netherlands were represented by Waylon with his entry “Outlaw in Em” which placed 18th in the Grand Final. Waylon, along with Ilse De Lange, was also part of The Common Linnets who performed “Calm After the Storm” in 2014. This was the best result for The Netherlands since their last win in 1975.
The Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest
The Netherlands debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1956 and has gone on to compete in all bar four contests. To date the Netherlands has won the contest on four occasions the latest being in 1975. The Netherlands struggled in the contest from 2000 onwards, between 2004 and 2013 the country only qualified twice for the final. The countries best result since 1975 occurred in 2014 when The Common Linnets finished 2nd in Copenhagen with a total of 238 points, 52 points behind Austria.