Over 3 million viewers watched last night as Duncan Laurence took the Netherlands through to the Grand Final of Eurovision 2019.
A total of 3.015 million viewers watched on Thursday evening as bookies favourite, Duncan Laurence took the Netherlands through to the Grand Final. The figure are the largest that the Netherlands has recorded for a semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest since they were introduced.
The broadcast on NPO1 had a market share of 54.5%, and was more than double the number of viewers who watched the competition on Tuesday evening, when the Netherlands was not competing.
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.