Maastricht in the south-east of the Netherlands, is the latest city to look at potentially hosting the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 should Duncan win in Tel Aviv.
RTL Nieuws reports that Maastricht has had preliminary discussions regarding whether they would wish to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. Maastricht is one of a number of cities in the Netherlands to have discussed the potential of hosting Eurovision, should the current bookmakers favourite, Duncan Laurence win in Israel.
Speaking to RTL Nieuws, Frank Mimpen of the MECC in Maastricht has confirmed that preliminary discussions have taken place. The MECC has had preliminary discussions with the province and municipality regarding interest in potentially hosting, with the response being positive so far. Mr Mimpen added:
If we have a serious opportunity in the future, we will of course go together. We will then see how we should organize such a large-scale event.
The Maastricht Exposition and Congress Centre (MECC) is currently a major destination for conferences and has the ability to meet the criteria required for hotel capacity. As well as the requirement for an airport for ease of access to the host city. It is yet to be seen if the MECC would be capable of hosting the contest.
Both The Hague and Amsterdam have also shown an interest in hosting the contest in 2020 should the Netherlands win. Omroep West reported that Group de Mos – Heart for The Hague, believes that the contest should be held in The Hague if Duncan Laurence. While Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema has already hinted that the city would place a bid to host the 2020 edition if the Netherlands were to win.
The Dutch public broadcaster, NPO, already has a rough plan in place for a potential win in the contest.
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.
Source: RTL Nieuws
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.