Ilse DeLange has criticised the production teams staging of the Dutch entry “Arcade” by Duncan Laurence.
Speaking to NOS, Ilse DeLange who is part of the Dutch delegation for Eurovision 2019, has criticised the way in which the entry has been staged by the Israeli production team. Ilse explained that in March the delegation submitted their staging idea to the broadcaster, but that the staging they received at the first rehearsal was not what they expected:
You hope at such a first rehearsal that you are at least 80 percent of the end result, this was very far below.
One element of the staging that Ilse has criticised was the implementation of the light which is to hang from the ceiling.
For us, one thing was very important, nothing should distract from the song. We want it to be very dark, and you actually don’t see any shape, so not even from the fantastic stage they built.
Speaking about the light that the production team provided:
During the first rehearsal it looked like a plastic white ball to us, which was also hung in the wrong place
The Dutch delegation on Thursday ordered a light from a company in Belgium, which was then shipped to Israel on Friday. The delegation then had an additional technical rehearsal on Sunday to ensure that their staging idea could be implemented correctly.
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.
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.