The twenty-fifth artist in our Who Is series for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 is Jeangu Macrooy from this year’s host country, the Netherlands.
Jeangu Macrooy was born on November 6 1993 in Paramaribo, Suriname. In 2011, he formed the band Between Towers with his twin brother Xillian. Their first and only album “Stars on My Radio” was released in 2013. After having studied at the Conservatory of Suriname in Paramaribo for two years, Jeangu moved to the Netherlands in 2014 to study songwriting at the ArtEZ Conservatory in Enschede.
During his studies in Enschede, Jeangu met with music producer Perquisite and signed to his label in December 2015. He released his debut EP “Brave Enough” in April 2016 and his debut single “Gold” was used in an advertisement for HBO. A year later, he released his first full-length album “High on You”. He then went on several club tours of the Netherlands and supported acts such as Curtis Harding and Ayo. He has performed at some of the major music festivals in the Netherlands, such as Lowlands and the North Sea Jazz Festival.
In March 2018, Jeangu played Judas in the Dutch TV production The Passion. Glennis Grace, who represented the Netherlands in 2005, also appeared in the same production as Mary. He has also appeared as a regular musical guest on the talkshow De Wereld Draait Door, performing both his own songs and cover versions. His second album “Horizon” was released in February 2019. He then went on his first headline tour of Germany.
The song that Jeangu will perform on home ground in Rotterdam is called “Grow”. Jeangu wrote the song himself and composed alongside Perquisite. Jeangu was internally selected by Dutch broadcaster AVROTROS to represent the Netherlands in Rotterdam.
Jeangu will perform in the Grand Final on May 16.
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 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”.