NPO, the parent organisation for Dutch public broadcasters, has confirmed that it has a plan ready should the Netherlands win the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.
With the Netherlands at the top of the betting odds to win the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, NPO has confirmed that it has a plan ready to host the contest. Speaking to RTL, NPO released a statement:
There is a scenario concerning the outline, but we will only start working with it after the Netherlands has won the final.
NPO confirmed that it has had the plan ready for a number of years in the event that it wins the Eurovision Song Contest. Regarding the financing of the contest, NPO explained that it would discuss the matter should it win in Tel Aviv.
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.
Duncan will be performing the song “Arcade” in Tel Aviv, Israel. The song was written two years before it was selected to represent the Netherlands. He is currently the favourite to win this years 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.