The Eurovision Song Contest is a mountain to climb.
We start each season in the foothills, gradually ascend to the summit and by the end only one act is left standing.
Until now Duncan Laurence has had a seamless ascent, but it was almost inevitable that at The Netherlands first rehearsal for Eurovision 2019 he would hit some bumps in the road.
The market leader always has unrealistic expectations to grapple with.
Before people run off in the comments, this is not to say that this performance does not have winning potential.
It teems with beautiful moments.
In the first run through there was a backlit shot where Duncan looked down the camera and caused an earthquake of emotions. That was swapped out for lasers in the second run. But at the third it returned and so much for the better.
the problem here is two-fold: camera angles are too wide and we don’t get enough eye contact from Duncan.
“Arcade” needs emotional intensity, which you get from tight closeups and eye contact down the camera, both of which were lacking today.
In sum The Netherlands still has the ingredients it needs to pull of a win, but at the moment it has not balanced them effectively. But when Duncan looks down the camera and is lit from the back in the climax it is sheer magic.
Duncan Laurence — “Arcade”: Reviews and Reactions
The Netherlands: First rehearsal at Eurovision 2019
The Netherlands: First press conference 2019
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