We can’t get enough of his life lessons! And after a breathtaking performance at Amsterdam’s Eurovision in Concert, we caught up with the Netherlands’ Duncan Laurence once more at the London Eurovision Party.
Our William asked the bookies’ favourite about his writing trip in Stockholm, his musical styles, the Dutch hosting bids and his childhood experiences.
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It’s 44 years since the Netherlands last won the contest. But with Duncan riding high in the odds, the whole country appears to be champing at the bit. As AVROTROS dusts down its hosting plans, the Hague is already drawing up a hosting bid.
When asked what he thinks about the news, Duncan laughs and firmly says: “People! We need to see if I win first!”, and adds: “Keep your head below the clouds!”
Duncan Laurence at London Eurovision Party 2019
The live shows are less than a month away. But in the midst of the madness, Duncan has other things on his mind. In between the Amsterdam and London gigs, he took a plane and travelled to Stockholm for four days to write new music. “I think it’s so important to stay focused on the music while doing this Eurovision trip”. He continues: “Stay connected to what you are all about”. For Duncan, that’s obviously creating music.
For people not familiar with Duncan, is “Arcade” his typical genre? The singer explains that “Arcade” is the core of it all. “The orchestras and cinematic-feel is the starting point, but we’ll see where it goes”. He doesn’t rule anything out.
Despite his favourite status, Duncan is still blown away by the fan reactions, “They are so warm, so accepting”.
That’s something he didn’t feel when he was younger. He opens up about being bullied in the past: “I was fat, had freckles and glasses and I sang”. People started to assume things about the young Duncan. “Not a lot of boys were into music, so that was probably a thing, to think: he might be gay, he might be this, or that”.
However, Duncan rose above it all — “Just let me be me!”. Yes, Duncan! Louder for the people in the back! Don’t change for anyone because we love and accept you for who you are!
Duncan Laurence will perform in the second semi-final on 16 May
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