The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rate and review the 41 competing entries of Eurovision 2019. Finally we head to The Netherlands, where Duncan Laurence has “Arcade”. Did we want to put a penny in his slot? Read on to find out!
Duncan Laurence – “Arcade”
Ron: “Arcade” is just perfect! Now I will try to find some more words to describe it… This song feels like a piece of art, yet it is so accessible. You can feel it, it’s full of emotions. “Arcade” feels so genuine and we know it wasn’t written for Eurovision — that’s perhaps one of its strengths. The verses are so soft and touching and the choruses are so strong and powerful with those anthemic beats. Duncan’s voice is so beautiful and precise. He manages to almost touch you with his vocal cords in each word and each note. I watched his recent stripped-back live performance and literally got shivers. I don’t think I have ever felt that way from a performance in or outside of Eurovision. Game over! See y’all next year in Amsterdam!
Angus: The elements of a Eurovision winner are hardly rocket science: right singer, right song, right moment in time. And at last the stars have aligned for The Netherlands. It is a well trodden cliche but goosebumps, shivers and tingles down the spine are all things you can say about “Arcade”. The song rises, the song falls and it truly explodes throughout the chorus. Duncan’s vocal transports you to another realm and in only three minutes “Arcade” wants you to say there forever. Properly excellent stuff from Amsterdam this year.
Barnabas: The Dutch haven’t let the quality of their songs drop throughout the years and have sent an amazing stallion to Israel! “Arcade” is a current ballad which is fragile, yet heavily packed with emotions. Duncan has both the looks and the voice to conquer, but will he? Personally I’m buying the package and wouldn’t mind a trip to Amsterdam next year!
Deban: There is beauty in fragility. The Dutch entry manages to court hype, and maintain credibility at the same time. Duncan Laurence’s vocal delivery evokes sensitivity whilst unveiling deep emotional maturity through the lyrics of Arcade. Not many Eurovision songs can make you cry, yet this one does.
Lucy: Haunting, beautiful, heart-breaking. Arcade grips you from the first listen, if you aren’t intrigued by the first verse, that power hit once the song picks up with the first “oh”s and “all i know, all i know…” will reel you in. There’s nobody with a voice similar to his this year, and it suits the pain of the song perfectly, both on the soft verses and the anthemic moments. With a mentor like Ilse DeLange on his side too, he has a team who knows how to succeed at Eurovision. I’d be very surprised if we weren’t headed to Amsterdam/Rotterdam next year.
Renske: The Netherlands don’t have any mountains, but they do have diamonds. Duncan’s “Arcade” is a rough one though. The big risk run is that the diamond appears to be of glass and cracks under the pressure. “Arcade” is a clear vocal challenge and is a song that requires to be delivered with full emotion in every single rendition, which proved to be a massive burden on Jamala in 2016 as well. Tel Aviv won’t be a radio studio and the song won’t be accompanied by a piano only. It’s not going to be an easy game, but the song is at least not a ‘losing game’ in any sense.
In the Wiwi Jury we have 29 jurors but only have room for six reviews. The remaining scores are below:
We have removed the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. This is to remove outliers and potential bias. We have removed a low of 7.5 and a high of 10.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 9.15/10
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