Romy Monteiro will replace Eurovision 2019 winner Duncan Laurence as the spokesperson for the Netherlands in the Grand Final.
Romy Monteiro will be revealing the points of the Dutch jury from within the Ahoy, which is the venue for this year’s contest. Previous host countries that have opted to reveal their points from the venue of the contest include Russia in 2009.
The winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 Duncan Laurence, had been revealed by AVROTROS as the Dutch spokesperson for the Grand Final of Eurovision 2021. However, Duncan Laurence has tested positive for coronavirus and is now no longer able to attend the live show and therefore been replaced as the spokesperson.
Romy Monteiro made the following statement about being selected to be the Dutch spokesperson:
“It feels crazy under these circumstances to react very enthusiastically. It is very annoying for Duncan that he cannot do this anymore and I wish him all the best. I think it is a great honor that I can announce the points for the Netherlands on Saturday! The result is such an exciting moment in the show for all countries and that I can be part of it is very special to me. ”
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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”.