AVROTROS has revealed that Jeangu Macrooy will represent the Netherlands at the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest.
Following the announcement of the cancellation of the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest, Dutch broadcaster AVROTROS has revealed that Jeangu Macrooy will represent the country at next year’s contest. Jeangu was set to represent host country The Netherlands this May with his song “Grow”, however the contest has been cancelled due to COVID-19.
“The decision [to cancel the contest] was not easy. Especially since the Eurovision Song Contest in 2020 should have been an extra special year for the Netherlands. Of course AVROTROS fully understands the decision of the EBU, the municipality of Rotterdam and the project team consisting of NPO / NOS / AVROTROS. This is not an easy decision, but unfortunately inevitable because health always comes first. Macrooy has also been exciting in the past period.”
“But he fully understands the decision. AVROTROS remains behind our Dutch entry and is happy to continue working with Jeangu in 2021 with new energy and great passion.”
The Eurovision Song Contest 2020 was scheduled to take place in at the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam on the May 12, 14 and 16. The Netherlands won the right to host the competition following their win in 2019 with Duncan Laurence and the song “Arcade”.
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”.