Jeangu Macrooy is set to perform a self-penned song at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam.
Jeangu Macrooy’s manager has revealed that the singer will be performing a song that he has written at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. Speaking to Nu.nl Pieter Perquin explained that he never expected the singer to go to the contest, having work with Jeangu for over five years. Regarding the song Mr Perquin commented:
I really believe in individuality, so I trust more in intuition than in a search for something ‘that works’ Jeangu has written his song for the Songfestival from his own experiences. It is a very pronounced song, and that makes it exciting. There will probably be strong reactions.
Jeangu and his manager have not looked at past Eurovision performances for inspiration for his 2020 performance, instead opting to come with something that works for the singer. They are of course aiming for a strong result in Rotterdam, with Mr Perquin adding “Unfortunately we can’t do better than Duncan Laurence, but equaling his success is the approach!”.
Who is Jeangu Macrooy?
Jeangu was born in Suriname and moved to the Netherlands in 2014. He is known for his ‘modern soul’ sound and has been a regular guest on De Wereld Draait Door where he has performed covers and his own music. He has released three albums to date, and last year headlined his first tour of Germany.
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 five occasions; 1957, 1959, 1969, 1975 and most recently 2019. Prior to Duncan Laurence’s victory in Tel Aviv, the Netherlands had been waiting 44 years for their next victory. Duncan Laurence won the contest in Israel with the song “Arcade”.