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!

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Gavster
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Gavster

A common love song. Period. Naked to capture de homovote… And the rest is a plan to capture the young female and naif vote.

Melody
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Melody

Stop making another song about a lost love like it’s something special! Love is a losing game is such a cliche lyrics.

ESCfan
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ESCfan

What is that girl doing there? If Duncan is gay?

Goddess
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Goddess

“This song is so emotional and everything” – he says. Shame I can’t hear any emotions when he sings, song sounds very bland.

ESCfan
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ESCfan

Loving butt is a losing game…

Alessandro Leonardo Gauci
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This is the most overrated entry this year. It is just a common love song, while there are better songs which talk about a wider range of subjects, including Iceland, Portugal, Hungary and Italy.

ESCfan
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ESCfan

Iceland is great! Too bad if they’ll be banned.

Leo
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Leo

Everybody was outraged when Trijntje (Netherlands 2015) showed a bit of a breast during her 1st rehearsals, now this guy appears naked and everybody loves it??

Goddess
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Goddess

Because unfortunately in today’s society objectifying women is such a scary thing but objectifying men – totally cool.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

It is nice to know where Duncan drew inspiration for the song. However, it doesn’t change how I personally connect with it. The lyrics relate to my life and have a deep resonance – people will either feel it themselves or they won’t. As for the choice of artistic video, it’s not actually to my taste (but I seem to be in the minority here). But if people want it on the stage so badly, why not recreate it on all the screens?

Micha
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Micha

Ilse and Duncan will be nice interval act at 2020 🙂

bastian
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bastian

Naked or no final 😉

Kris
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Kris

You sound like some of these hundred Russian trolls who spamming on yt comments and saying if Duncan wouldn’t be naked in video clip nobody would care about him and his song which is a total BS

Lol
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Lol

*sad panda* Quietly downvoting every comment here

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

How pointless. (No, literally, they are minus points.)

Alex
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Alex

Nobody gives an F

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Erm, Wiwibloggs: “web site devoted to the Eurovision Song Contest.” The sign on the door.

Una
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Una

Yes you’re right. Both “it began” an “it has begun” are correct but “it begun” isn’t. But that’s the official version of the lyrics. Maybe “begun” sounded better and literary licence or something like that applies to get away with a grammar error.
Ms. Pancake? The same Dutch that did Spain 2017, Belgium 2018? Who does Spain 2019 and Belgium 2019?

Rainer1
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Rainer1

Now it is slowly becoming implausible, dear dutchman

esc stan
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esc stan

I thought he was gay… how is the song about a female?

Max
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Max

I read somwhere that he is bi

Kirby Romford
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Kirby Romford

He is openly bi and currently dating a man

dutchie
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dutchie

I hear him saying it’s about a loved one he lost (i.e. she died). He has combined her story of unrequited love with his own experiences.

dutchie
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dutchie

It’d begun (it had begun) is also correct English.

Bear
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Bear

I don’t have any faith in AvroTros (especially before 2013, Toppers, 3Js, Sieneke, Joan Franka ugh), but we should be lucky to have Ilse to save it. In 2014 and now again

Bear
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Bear

I don’t know if she wants to have that job since she is busy with her own carreer too.
And that national final was such a mess, I still die of laughter up to this day
https://youtu.be/4OKjwMyjg2I

Wow
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Wow

Wow is it Yolanthe?

stommie
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stommie

AVROTROS didn’t exist before 2013. AVRO and TROS were separate broadcasters. They merged in 2014. TROS has always been the cheesy one, celebrating Dutch schlager. But kudos to them for giving Anouk carte blanche in 2013. An unexpected move considering their target audience.

Nicolas
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Nicolas

Like if nobody has lost a love when younger….
And it’s only maybe the 10th million song about it.

Frisian esc
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Frisian esc

What’s your point? 90% of songs are about love. Every theme has been done already.

Chris
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Chris

*sighhhhhhhhhhhhhhh* WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM THE EUROVISION ARTISTS? everything is generic and unoriginal for the fanboys these days isn’t it….

Rimig
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Rimig

Love, love, peace, peace… and a man in a hamster wheel!
What’s the problem with it being a song about a lost beloved one? What matters is that the song is well written, sounds good, triggers emotions in many listeners (not talking about the trolls, obviously) and that I want to hear it over and over again.
But you can write a song about chemical reactions involving sulphur and oxygen or about the mating behavior of the European wasp and send it to next year’s ESC in Amsterdam. We will be happy to hear it

Gianny
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Gianny

That last part, brilliant 10/10 comment of the month XD fantastic sense of humor

P!nk Forever
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P!nk Forever

He should also perform in his birthday suit in Tel Aviv. Suits him!

Alex
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Alex