Over the past few years, songs from national finals have dominated the Eurovision Song Contest — Emmelie de Forrest, Jamala, Loreen, Salvador Sobral and so on. However, last year it was the internally selected entries that came out on top.
The three highest ranked countries (Israel, Cyprus and Austria) all selected their entries behind closed doors, reminding us there is no real “best recipe” to choose an entry.
A few weeks ago, we asked our readers, which of the 15 internally selected songs was their favourite and now, it’s time to evaluate the results
Breaking down the numbers
In total, 11,483 votes were cast in the poll with the Netherlands’ Duncan Laurence emerging as the clear favourite amongst the pack.
Earning just over 2000 votes, the Dutch singer was a considerable way in front of second placed Katerine Duska from Greece – who earned a respectable 1,455 votes.
Moving a little further down the table, the next few entries are more closely clumped together. Rounding out the top five were Switzerland, Malta and Cyprus, with just over 100 votes splitting the three countries apart. All three earned over 1000 votes overall, making the aforementioned nations the only five to exceed the millennial boundary in the poll.
Here are the full results and overview of the poll:
|1.||The Netherlands||Duncan Laurence||“Arcade”||2,040||17.77%|
|2.||Greece||Katerine Duska||“Better Love”||1,455||12.67%|
|3.||Switzerland||Luca Hänni||“She Got Me”||1,180||10.28%|
|10.||Poland||Tulia||“Fire Of Love”||428||3.73%%|
|11.||San Marino||Serhat||“Say Na Na Na”||399||3.47%|
|12.||North Macedonia||Tamra Todevska||“Proud”||378||3.29%|
The Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019
“The Voice of Holland star Duncan Laurence carries with him great expectations to Eurovision 2019. The little-known 24-year-old from The Netherlands is the clear favourite of this year’s contest, having bypassed established artists including Sergey Lazarev, Luca Hänni and Tamta with the bookies. Fans attribute this to his beautiful, enchanting voice, and the spectacular song that is “Arcade”.
Duncan wrote the song himself with help from songwriters Joel Sjöö and Wouter Hardy. Despite the group effort, “Arcade” remains deeply personal. It’s about searching for the love of your life — a hope that Duncan says is sometimes “unattainable”.
“When I was studying at the Rockacademie I learned that you can appeal to a large audience without losing your own story in the process,” he said of the songwriting process. “I searched for touching stories that move people, from my own life or someone else’s. I got my inspiration from the story of a loved one who died at a young age. I decided to call the song ‘Arcade’ — the words and chords came by themselves, which is why, despite the alternations in the song, it still sounds so organic.”
What do you make of the results? Do you agree with the victor of our poll? Let us know in the comments down below