All we know, all we know, is that Eurovision is a winning game for Duncan Laurence. The Netherlands’ golden boy has been incredibly busy since winning the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv on Saturday night. And he marked his homecoming by appearing on the Pauw show, performing a rather different version of his winning track “Arcade”.
— Pauw (@pauwnl) May 19, 2019
Performing in front of a small orchestra, the emotion was still raw — and Duncan wore it on his face throughout the performance. The tweaked arrangement of the piece made the iconic moment of the song — as shown in the contest in front of a spherical light — softer, reducing the heights of the first notes after it to fit its more intimate surroundings.
Throughout the performance a video played in slo-mo of the moment Duncan was announced as the winner, and the immediate celebrations thereafter, including Ilse DeLange cheering with him. She was also present for Duncan’s prime-time slot, looking on with sheer pride from the sidelines at her apprentice-turned-victor. Can’t help but get all the feels from that moment, as Duncan finally achieved what Ilse was so close to five years ago.
It’s a sell-out!
Aside from Duncan’s TV appearance he also has been busy letting everyone know all about his European tour dates, which went on sale Monday morning. No worries for Duncan though: Tickets for every single Dutch show (all twelve!) were sold out by Tuesday, with shows in The UK, Germany, Austria, Denmark and Sweden surely soon to follow the trend.
This is a phenomenal achievement from the Dutch star, who was essentially an ‘unknown’ before being announced as The Netherlands’ participant. After a campaign in The Voice of Holland in 2014 where he was mentored by Ilse and reached the semi-finals, Duncan went back into musical education at the Rock Academy in Tilburg. After his studies he was internally selected by broadcaster Avrotros.
We can’t wait to see Duncan live again, and to hear what else he’s hiding in his repertoire. Will you be attending? Let us know in the comments below, and make sure to follow us on Twitter HERE. You can follow all the latest news on Duncan Laurence HERE.