He’s spent the past few days at Dutch radio stations including Radio538 and NPO Radio 5 giving final interviews before flying off to Tel Aviv on May 6.

And in the interviews in the Netherlands, Duncan Laurence has revealed his personal favourite in this year’s Eurovision: He’s a Mahmood fan, ya’ll!

In the interview with Radio 538 Duncan Laurence reveals that his personal favourite in Eurovision is Italy and explains:

“This year there are many artists that inspire me. Mahmood from Italy is a great artist and “Soldi” is a good song. If you look at Mahmood, the picture is just complete”.

Duncan also reveals he was close to trying to represent San Marino in Eurovision.

He heard Cornald Maas (Dutch Eurovision specialist and Dutch ESC commentator) talking about San Marino. Cornald explained San Marino often considers artists from abroad to compete for them, due to the small amount of inhabitants of the country. Duncan considered then competing for San Marino for a short moment. But he wanted to stay true to the Netherlands. It would have been an interesting clash between Italy’s Mahmood and Duncan for San Marino, if you ask us!

In the other interview this week, at radiostation NPO 5, he discusses with the presenters the other competitors in Eurovision. Duncan Laurence explains why exactly he is so impressed by Mahmood and the song “Soldi”:

“I’m afraid of Italy as competitor. Mahmood is so relevant. Such a great artist. Also he has such a big fanbase. It also looks great, what I saw of him. Also his social media, it all radiates that he is an artist. I have a weakness for it, if the picture of an artist is fully complete. If I look at the other competitors and if I would need to vote, I would definitely vote for Italy”.

Both Italy and The Netherlands are in the high rankings of the current odds, together with Switzerland, Russia, Iceland and Sweden.

You can listen to the full Radio538 interview here and the full NPO Radio 5 interview here.

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Bob

Love this, these guys are my favourites this year! If either Mahmood or Duncan wins I will be happy 🙂 I personally prefer Duncans song as a listening track, however I think Mahmood’s song is stronger in the context of a music competition, and the handclap parts are giving me the winner vibes! Arcade makes me embrace my emotional side, Soldi makes me feel cool and confident – it’s so much fun! Best of luck to both of them! <3

ESC 2019
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Duncan, you sink in my eyes. He cant sing at al. And the song is awfal.

Clara
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Clara

Yes, yes mahmood can’t sing…. watch the videos below please, then say it again if you think it’s true
https://youtu.be/4E8_ZsqRSVA
Mahmood-cover Django freedom
https://youtu.be/5GJsp-iV-WI
Mahmood cover The sound of silence
https://youtu.be/-w5pbp3d-yQ
Mahmood live “asia occidente”

Clara
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Clara

Yes yes you’re true he can’t sing…
Listen to the videos below and then tell us again if mahmood can’t sing please
https://youtu.be/4E8_ZsqRSVA
Mahmood-cover Django freedom
https://youtu.be/-w5pbp3d-yQ
Mahmood live “asia occidente”

Lol
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Lol

You forgot to take your medicine…

TamtaQueen
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TamtaQueen

Get off Mahmood’s D Duncan 😉

Joe
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Joe

I’d be happy with either of them winning. And hey, if Duncan ever wants to come back, San Marino’s door is always open! (Figuratively and literally, since I think their border is just a Starbucks).

Eurovisionary
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Eurovisionary

Lovin u is losing game. …broken heart 4 mahmood. How many penny in the slot for Duncan! ! Ask mahmood for soldi (money) …

Is it right for a singer to call another singer great artist when they haven’t heard of eachother before esc 2019. While representing ur country duncan in favour of one singer out of more than 40 countries. …sad.

Clara
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Clara

The album “Gioventu bruciata” of Mahmood is amazing, and I think Duncan listened to the songs of this album (that was released at the end of february, even thought some songs were still released before). Mahmood IS a great artist and Duncan is very honest and fair to support one of his stronger contenders, so I don’t see the problem

Tonton Fée
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Tonton Fée

Go Duncan ! Your song is so strong and yur voice so pure ;))
Love from France

Motzkie
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Motzkie

He is so afraid to be honest and say: I like Mahmood because of his looks.

LazaREV
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LazaREV

He’s rumoured to represent Russia next year, what you think?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aw0M5CBqT8

(^3^)
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(^3^)

Both will be defeated by Lazarev.

Charles
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Charles

How much is Kirkorov paying you to promote Lazarev?

(^3^)
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(^3^)

Be brave to face the truth, fanboys.

bastian
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bastian

loool

brawiber
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brawiber

Interesting interviews. Definitely he is a great artist, and a very kind, talented person. Good luck Duncan! Anyway Mahmood has just released a new song and it’s a BOMB. Mega cool! This is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoqKkw4azn8..

Nguyet Huynh
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Nguyet Huynh

I have been listening to it on repeat today XD At first I was kinda annoyed because his voice was autotuned too much but then I couldn’t stop listening.

brawiber
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brawiber

Haha me too. On the first listen I was like “mmhm, I expected more”, on the second one “well, it’s not that bad, I kinda like it”, on the third one “Calipsooh oh laalalalala, Calipsooh oh…” XD They did a great job. Awesome production!

startaglia7254
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startaglia7254

I am living for this song.

Talentina Monetta
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Talentina Monetta

Talent stanning talent

bop-whop-a-lu bop
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Oh I always like him more and more. Go for win!

La Signora
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La Signora

I feel proud when other contestants love Mahmood’s song lol

Freckled Guy
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Freckled Guy

Personally I think it will be between Italy & The Netherlands.
I do love Soldi, but I know this sounds strange, the 2 claps in the chorus, makes it a bit cheap. too much of a forced hook . But the rest of the song is amazing. And Arcade blew me away.
I think Eurovision can be proud if any of these 2 would win.

Elsa
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Elsa

The song does not look cheap. The song IS cheap.

Edu
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Edu

Poor you Elsa! 🙂

Whisker
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Whisker

Le it go.

Charles
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Charles

And yet you feel fine with cheap party fuego-heard-too-many-time-before winning the whole thing. I guess Italian bubblegum is a tad too expensive for your taste …

Whisker
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Whisker

I love the two claps.

Nikki
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Nikki

Can you imagine Arcade going for effing San Marino? Better had tried with Markus Riva, he’s more desperate ?. Having listening to Mahmood lately, I agree with him he’s a great artist, but if I had to choose an ‘out of Eurovision’ selection, I would surprisingly (I mean I’m a big Italy stan) go for Chingiz before Mahmood. Out of topic: I need ideas for the name of one of my crocheted animals. The designer says it’s a cello player on its little intro. So I’m looking for string-related Eurovision related names. Alex is out because I already used it.… Read more »

Roy Moreno
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Roy Moreno

You mean Madara? With Esamiba?

Sabrina
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Sabrina

Madara would be the perfect fit then. Plus, I agree it’s a cool name.

Matt
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Matt

Very classy. I have respect for Duncan and think he has tremendous charisma (it really showed in London). Mahmood though has my vote , and it is related to Duncan’s point. Soldi comes from a deep , damaged place inside. (IMO)

Charles
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Charles

That is what fans are running away from … deep damaged honest emotional songs offend the fans envangelic fundamentalist pro-uptempo-party-meaningless-songs love and desperate obsession . Their uptempo God will punish those who attempt to be musically creative and transparent in the contest.

I say
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I say

It’s not an artist contest it’s a song contest, the votes goes to the song and performance of YOU ere FARE n HONEST. duncan can love mahmood or he is not worried about the song if he predicts the irritating voice of mahmood and the song as not winning type over duncan miserable song he would dare to say he can vote for mahmood. Neither mahmood nor duncan are the winners, we will see, lets kick out this favouritism and attraction for artist

Elsa
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Elsa

Don’t take too seriously what he said. Mahmood’song is being hyped since his win at Sanremo and he had to name someone. Likely it was the only one he has listened to so far

Charles
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Charles

You don’t need to be that drunk and cause a tantrum just because you hate certain songs … Ignoring it would be wise but if you are that desesperate for the whole galaxy to know how much you want either Cyprus or CH to win the contest, there are classier and more mature ways to do it. It’s just a song contest … and not a pro-Democrat primary election. Plus you are not Meghan McCain.

Effe
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Effe

Also can we all agree that countries who are submitting songs in their own language should always be awarded some sort of advantage since they are brave in supporting their culture and heritage without having to compromise using the english language? Difference is beautiful I mean imagine a eurovision where all songs had english lyrics…
Italy, Hungary, Spain, France, Albania, Serbia, Croatia, Georgia, Iceland, Portugal, Slovenia, Poland (sorry if I forget some) these countries are sending authentic entries and therefore they deserve respect and high placements.

stommie
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stommie

Being prequalified for the grand final isn’t advantage enough?

Nvm
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Nvm

No.

Whisker
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Whisker

Of course not.

Clara
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Clara

I think that for Mahmood it would be better to sing during two different nights and not just in the final… soldi is a particular song that grows , there is people who don’t like it the first time but then yes, and there would be the possibility to explain the meaning of the song twice.

Kitty
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Kitty

He will perform in semi final 2

Clara
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Clara

Italy will perform only in the final… maybe another night there will be the presentation of the postcard, I don’t know

Bernard
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Bernard

Totally agree on this!

citylights
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citylights

I for one can’t stand the Italian guy’s nasal singing, and his hipster vibe. Just less annoying than Portugal. Slovenia with their beautiful unpretentious song is my winner.

Elsa
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Elsa

Her whispering voice is also annoying but less than Mahmood’s

citylights
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citylights

I love her ethereal voice. Also the lyrics are beautiful. Actually Italy’s and Portugal’s lyrics are great too but that’s the only thing I enjoy about these entries.

Una
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Una

Oh. So. Much. Love.

Una
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Una

All this love. Come on …!! How can we not love it? It’s so fun to see this every year – who loves who, LOL. Bring all that love on, will ya?

Héctor
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Héctor

Oh, San Marino would have probably rejected Duncan because “Arcade” wasn’t trashy enough for them.

Clara
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Clara

Mahmood is a great artist, I’m sure duncan listened also some others of his songs… then, mahmood has a particular charisma, duncan knows it and he’s very fair saying it. Not everybody like the sound and voice of mahmood, so we’ll see who will win eurovision but it is not the point imo… even gabbani, he arrived 6th but everybody still today perfectly remembers him, more than others, even winners, we can’t remember the song and the face. Mahmood has wonderful songs and an international sound and way of singing, hope his success will continue in Italy and abroad. It… Read more »

Julie
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Julie

I would love a proper rundown on that Jan Uriot thing, but I just find info in dutch sigh

stommie
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stommie

To be honest, I didn’t know who that Uriot guy is either. Don’t read that rag of a magazine of his. Funny thing is that Duncan had an IG post October 22, 2018 in which he explicitly says he is bisexual.

Effe
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Effe

ITALY WILL WIN. Mark these words.

Nvm
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Nvm

You know you’ll get downvoted like there’s no tomorrow for saying this, right? Nicky-level numbers I daresay.

Effe
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Effe

Whatever.

Effe
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Effe

I respect everyone’s opinions but I know for a fact that Mahmood is an artist who has been writing his own songs for years and he has developed his own specific sound which makes him new and unique, simply because it comes from within and it is completely authentic. Unlike the other songs, including Mr. Duncan’s, his song was not written or created for Eurovision. The song is part of his first album which is thoroughly focused on Mahmood’s life story and the fact that he comes from Milan and is the son of an Egyptian father and Sardininan mother.… Read more »

Nvm
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Nvm

You don’t need to tell this to me, I already know. Except that on this site people are usually not allowed to root for nobody else than King Lord Duncan or you get eaten alive. Freedom of speech (and opinion) has died on this site. I’m seriously giving up on his contest this year.
And by the way, this is what I think of him for saying the stuff he said, if I still have the freedom to do so
https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.urbandictionary.com/define.php%3fterm=Paraculo&amp=true

Effe
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Effe

I know what paraculo means my friend. It doesn’t matter to me if other people don’t appreciate my opinion, it is still my opinion and I stand by it with all the dislikes. I didn’t say that I dislike Duncan however. It’s just that Mahmood is competing so Duncan’s song becomes less relevant to me.

Skepticist
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Skepticist

Arcade was in not made for Eurovision.

stommie
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stommie

But Duncan’s fans are the arrogant ones.

dutchie
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dutchie

Fact: Arcade wasn’t written for Eurovision. Ilse DeLange heard it and suggested he’d submit it to the committee. Literally the only thing they’ve added to the record since then was the strings.

You could even argue that Mahmood competed in Sanremo, so he knew he’d at least have a chance of competing at Eurovision. Duncan, on the other hand, really had no idea.

Alex
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Alex

Arcade was not written for Eurovision.
They even had to cut the second verse due to awful 3 minutes rule

Otto
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Otto

So what? Isn’t it a good thing that ‘real’ songs are competing in Eurovision and bringing up the level of quality? Otherwise there would only be songs like Sergey’s ;-P

John
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John

Fair enough – if any justice, the fight will be between these two lads and noone else.
Each one deserves to be a winner.

Amsterdam or…or….well, where in Italy would they probably arrange the show next year?

Ludo95
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Ludo95

Turin

Raven
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Raven

Milan, Rome is a mess.

Effe
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Effe

Milan Italy’s most international city where Mahmood is from.

Alessandro Leonardo Gauci
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I think Milan would be the most ideal candidate to host, considering Mahmood was born and raised there.

Hazel
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Hazel

You can tell he’s stalking his social media and thirsting over him like we all lol

Nicky91
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Nicky91

Daddy Duncan feeling some type of way about that Arabic guy 😀

Nadors
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Nadors

Duncan is the favourite not just because he is a great artist and has a great song, but also because he’s a gentleman and good sports.

Heh
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Heh

Had no idea all the other artists were pieces of s*it. So it is true after all huh, we only have 1 king, only 1 holy god.

Nadors
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Nadors

I am Italian, his song is not my favourite, but country and personal taste do not prevent me from recognising talent and fairness

Nvm
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Nvm

No need to worry, Mahmood’s fanbase is made up for the vast majority by Italians. You can rest easy.

Tidge
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Tidge

I’m British and pretty much everyone I know says Italy or Greece is their favourite…

dutchie
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dutchie

Greece? It doesn’t show in the British polls though. There it’s mostly between Arcade and Soldi, with an advantage for Arcade. But maybe it isn’t cool to say you like the bookies favourite.

Tidge
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Tidge

This is people I know in real life who are into Eurovision enough to actually listen to the songs but not engage online ? But Italy and Greece (and also Iceland, Malta and Czechia) always come on top with my friends

dutchie
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dutchie

Okay, so none of your friends like Arcade… it seems they’re more into bops. We’ll see in a few weeks if that’s the taste of the general British public.

Tidge
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Tidge

Nobody said that they disliked it, just out of the 41 songs it wasn’t their favourite…

Elfi
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Elfi

Salvador Sobral said high things about italy’s entry back in 2017 and then we all know what happened! Duncan is messing with the cosmos… xD

Clara
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Clara

Gabbani arrived just 6th but everybody remember him and his song, so I think it was a success even thought he didn’t win. I remember sobral and his beautiful song but not the songs and singers that arrived 2nd, 3rd ecc… We can’t deny everybody is interested in Mahmood, he’s like an icon and that is what duncan feels I think, all are looking at mahmood so he already received a huge success independently from the victory. Also Andy of Eurovoxx talking about him some nights ago in the direct for 6000 subscrivers of channel Eurovoxx, said he was very… Read more »

Nicolas
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Nicolas

I don’t know if it’s a compliment, last year he would have said : “My vote would go to Sweden, Benjamin is a great artist”

Funkycoffin
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Funkycoffin

Its better then netta imo

Nicky91
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Nicky91

well any of our 42 other artists last year were better than Netta’s weak live vocals 🙂

mamma mia
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mamma mia

lmao

dutchie
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dutchie

Hey Nicolas, it’s pretty clear by now you can’t stand Duncan, his song, or anything he says. So why bother to read articles about him?

Cass
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Cass

He tryna fucc 😛

Funkycoffin
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Funkycoffin

Wth are you talkin about hé has a boyfriend

R
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R

Threesomes and orgies are a thing :p

Barry
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Barry

Hi guys…anyone know where I could get a download of the 2019 rehearsal schedule?

Alessandro Leonardo Gauci
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This means that Mahmood is already the real winner.

Jonas J
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Jonas J

This makes me laugh! Duncan’s like a politician trying to say all the right things to win the campaign! Great effort from his PR-team – but won’t convince me, I’m afraid. Cynical? A tad – but there we are! Let the truth be told!

Bigger
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Bigger

Lol are you paranoid or what…you see things which arent even true

Frisian esc
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Frisian esc

Weren’t you the person who wanted israel 2019 to be canceled? Why u still here?

Jonas J
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Jonas J

Oh, I AM! I’m cancelling BIG TIME when it kicks off! My sincere HOPE is that Iceland will pull a stunt on Ola Sand, EBU and the whole disgraceful event! Eurovision fan I am, though – tuning in for next year – hoping EBU will have a serious chat with themselves after this year’s disgust! One can always hope! Greetings from the UK!

dutchie
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dutchie

You’re not cynical, you’re just ignorant about the kind of guy Duncan is. If it was about mentioning his main opponent, he’d be singing the praises of Sergey… as a matter of fact, he has said he thinks Sergey is a great singer but when someone asked him about the song his answer was ‘uhhh… no comment’. That’s honesty, no political tricks. He genuinely likes Soldi.

Elsa
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Elsa

Agree 100%. His answer was pre-studied.

dutchie
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dutchie

Dear Elsa, do you speak Dutch? Have you heard the interview? If not, how are you to judge…

PeterPan
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PeterPan

It takes a great artist to root for a great artist.

Elsa
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Elsa

😀

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

He’s just like most of the rest of us, then. 😉

Christopher
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Christopher

I’d be happy if both of these entries were fighting it out for the win in the final but I have to give the edge to Italy. Its contemporary and unique.