Former Eurovision Runner-Up Ilse DeLange has been supporting Duncan Laurence, the favourite for the 2019 contest, before his departure for Tel Aviv.
Ilse was part of 2014’s second place act, The Common Linnets, who were the Dutch representatives in Copenhagen, finishing behind Conchita Wurst. Their second place was the best Dutch result in many years.
This year, Duncan Laurence will represent The Netherlands and is the bookmakers’ strong favourite to win the competition. Duncan was mentored by Ilse on the fifth season of The Voice of Holland. She has already confirmed that she will be travelling with her protégé to Eurovision.
Speaking to De Telegraaf, Ilse said:
“Number 1 in the polls is beautiful but also scary. I am not objective, but I think we have a very good chance. I cannot say more.”
Duncan will perform his song, Arcade, in the second semi-final of Eurovision 2019 on 16 May in Tel Aviv. He will be hoping to secure the first Dutch victory in the contest since 1975. In total, the country has won the contest four times. Various cities in The Netherlands, including The Hague, Maastricht and Amsterdam are already considering bids to host the 2020 contest should Duncan be victorious.
The Netherlands was also recently confirmed as the winner of Eurovoix’s Eurojury 2019 which might be another indicator of success in Tel Aviv.
Who is Duncan Laurence?
Duncan Laurence is originally from Spijkenisse, born in 1994. This year he 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.
Arcade was written two years before it was selected to represent the Netherlands.
Source: De Telegraaf
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.