Last month Dutch broadcaster AVROTROS confirmed that they’re sending singer-songwriter Duncan Laurence to Tel Aviv to represent The Netherlands. Since then opinions have been very strong and very divided. The comments frequently echo the same sentiments: “Duncan who? Don’t know the guy”. Of course, there is plenty of positivity to balance that out. Many people are excited about the Dutch sending someone relatively unknown to the contest again. It’ll be an adventure of discovery for us all.
After sending well-known ‘A-list’ artists to represent the small country for six years running, Duncan is considered a surprising choice…and a bit of a mystery. Not even us Googling Dutchies are able to find much more information about the singer online. We simply know that Duncan is a 24-year-old Rock Academy graduate who grew up in Spijkernisse. His fellow students describe him as a “risk-taker” and “very ambitious”, which are two very good qualities to have in a Eurovision contestant.
But this week Ilse DeLange gave us a bit more to chew on during an interview with RTL Boulevard. She said that she would LOVE to go to Tel Aviv for Eurovision. Not as a contestant this time, but as a mentor to guide Duncan on this journey. Although she can’t reveal too much yet, she assures the country that what is coming will be beautiful. Her enthusiasm is creating high expectations.
“All I can say is that I will tell you all more after the 7th of March. Let’s just stay I’m really happy with our entry and with that said, we don’t have anything to lose”.
When the interviewer — and dear friend of wiwibloggs — Aran asked her if there is a chance that she has co-written the song, she repeated: “I’m not going to say anything else because then you will draw a conclusion from it and then it will be ‘news’, so you guys just have to be patient. It’s going to be splendid”.
Rumour also has it that musician Wouter Hardy is the man behind the Eurovision song. Hardy used to tour with rumoured Eurovision artist Kovacs and has written songs for many other artists before. If this is the case, this could indeed turn out as the ‘killer song’ Ilse DeLange assures the public it’s going to be.
The possible song choices for this year’s entry have been heavily discussed online. “I Miss You” and “Closer To The Heart” are rumoured to be one of Duncan’s potential entries, mainly because — after some digging — fans found out that his official name “Duncan de Moor” is listed among the writers online. Allegedly the song “I Miss You” was one of Duncan’s Rock Academy graduation songs, which was abruptly taken offline. RTL Boulevard reported that his official management have denied that this is his official song.
Songfestival-kandidaat Duncan dankbaar voor kans - RTL BOULEVARDGisteren werd bekend dat singer-songwriter Duncan Laurence gaat Nederland vertegenwoordigen op de 64e editie van het Eurovisiesongfestival 2019 in Tel Aviv. En dat vindt hij zelf een enorme eer!
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Despite the negative reactions after his announcement, Duncan couldn’t be happier and thankful to have been given the chance to represent his country. In the video above he says:
“Hi everyone, Duncan here, thank you all for all your nice, sweet, warm and positive reactions. I’m absolutely honored to be representing The Netherlands during The Eurovision Song Contest. I’m currently so busy with all the preparations. All my focus is on the music, which is the most important thing, and that’s actually what it is all about. I can’t wait to share it all with you on the seventh of March. Bye bye!”
Guess we really do have to wait until the official song release on the seventh of March then!
What do you think? Can Duncan bring the Eurovision trophy to The Netherlands this year? What is he cooking up with Ilse?