The Netherlands has revealed their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 which will be performed by Duncan Laurence in Tel Aviv.
The Netherlands are the latest nation to reveal their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Israel. “Arcade” is the title of the song that will represent the Netherlands in Tel Aviv and was internally selected by the Dutch broacaster AVROTROS. Duncan was also selected by the broadcaster, who have opted to go for an unknown name compared to a big name artist as seen in previous years.
The singer has already received praise 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.
Who is Duncan Laurence?
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. He was internally selected in January by the Dutch broadcaster AVROTROS to represent the nation in the 2019 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.