The hope for Holland, Duncan Laurence, released his song “Arcade” on March 7. In just a few days he climbed to number one with the bookmakers, leaving even Sergey Lazarev behind him. A day after his song reveal, wiwiblogger Charlotte sat down with Duncan to discuss his song, participating in Eurovision, his mentor Ilse DeLange, lost loves and that nude swimming scene. He’s a sensitive guy and we need you to watch this.
Emotional and relatable. That’s how most people have described the song in the days since its release. Duncan explains that the emotion comes from somewhere real and vulnerable.
“‘Arcade’ is about a lost love. And hoping for that love to return. But it doesn’t. All the emotion, rawness, bitterness, angriness or happiness or hope that comes within that. That’s what I tried to capture in ‘Arcarde’. It is indeed a story about myself, about a love that I once lost when I was younger.”
Dutch fans and press where surprised (and some not happy) when AVROTROS chose Duncan. The Netherlands have sent well-known artists in the Netherlands for many years, but Duncan is something of an anomaly: he is completely new to the stage. He says he got selected with a little help from former Voice of Holland coach and former Comment Linnet Ilse DeLange.
“Ilse and I had a Dropbox where I just put some songs and she would give me advice. She called me on a random Sunday morning. She loved that track ‘Arcade’. And asked if it was okay if she send it to a bunch of people responsible for choosing the artist for Eurovision. I was like: What the f*ck?! Yeah, send it over! And everything went so smoothly after that.”
The video of “Arcade” sent plenty of hearts racing…even as it raised eyebrows. Duncan is seen butt naked throughout. Why the birthday suit?
“We tried to capture the vulnerability of a human being. The most vulnerable you can be is naked. Being completely nude leaves you all vulnerable in that massive water world, with the surface representing the hope and everything you long for. The struggle, the fight that comes with it to get there. That is what we try to capture.”
What do you think? Will Duncan with the help of Ilse DeLange do well at Eurovision? Can you feel the emotion of “Arcade”? Let us know in the comment section below!