Way back in June, when the host city bidding process had nine cities in the running, we were busy thinking about potential Eurovision 2020 hosts. Speculation and suggestions were coming thick and fast so we threw together a quick poll. We presented 15 personalities from the world of Eurovision — including Eurovision alums like Sieneke, mainstream stars like Glennis Grace and Eurovision-related journalists like Aran Bade.

After collecting a total of 5,851 votes, we can now reveal — without any shock or surprise whatsoever — that Duncan Laurence topped our list with 1,205 votes. That’s around 21% of all those cast.

In a Q&A on Twitter earlier this summer, Duncan expressed that he would love to present next year’s Eurovision. Social media users were quick to suggest he could pair up with Ilse DeLange — his mentor on The Voice and the singer who got him the gig at Eurovision.

And that pairing plays out in our poll, too. Not far behind Duncan with our readers is his mentor Ilse DeLange.

Ilse, who took The Netherlands all the way to second place at ESC 2014, is an absolute stunner with impeccable English. Her many trips to Nashville have given her extra polish and poise when speaking in English, and we have no doubt that she would absolutely wow an international audience if she took the mic in Rotterdam. She earned an impressive 1,031 votes — or around 18%.

Eurovision 2016 artist Douwe Bob came third.

Who is your preferred presenter for Eurovision 2020? (Poll Closed)

  1. DUNCAN LAURENCE 20.59% (1,205 VOTES)
  2. ILSE DELANGE 17.62% (1,031 VOTES)
  3. DOUWE BOB 10.7% (626 VOTES)
  4. EMMA WORTELBOER 9.42% (551 VOTES)
  5. EDSILIA ROMBLEY 8.39% (491 VOTES)
  6. TIM DOUWSMA 7.5% (439 VOTES)
  7. JAN SMIT 4.43% (259 VOTES)
  8. GLENNIS GRACE 4% (234 VOTES)
  9. PAUL DE LEEUW 3.64% (213 VOTES)
  10. ARAN BADE 3.62% (212 VOTES)
  11. CORNALD MAAS 3.18% (186 VOTES)
  12. TRIJNTJE 2.41% (141 VOTES)
  13. GORDON 1.81% (106 VOTES)
  14. MARLAYNE SAHUPALA 1.38% (81 VOTES)
  15. SIENEKE 1.3% (76 VOTES)

Total Votes: 5,851

What do you think about the results? Do you think that Duncan and Ilse would be the dream team to host in Rotterdam in 2020? Let us know down below!

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No, please let Duncan go his own path. He needs to get space in his head, and do what he likes to do most: create music.

My faves, are:

* Dionne Stax
* Tim ‘the hot Dutch guy’ Douwsma
* Simone Weimans

I’d love Eva Jinek, but she signed a contract with a commercial channel. She would’ve been perfect, but allas: as the NPO said “No one from the commercial channels.” :-/

Shaun
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Shaun

Jan smit all the way! He’d be amazing!

hebbuzz
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hebbuzz

I don’t like the sound of Duncans’s speaking voice, love it when he sings though.
Ilse is too spontanious too read out pre-scribed cards.
So is Edsilia, but she is big fun!

Catherine
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Catherine

I want to see Sylvia Hoeks as a host

Uramaki
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Uramaki

No Arjen Lubach?

Sara
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Sara

I literally signed a petition for this a few months ago

Gad
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Gad

Nikkie tutorials!

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

he’s too quiet to be a host. we need professionals which holland sure has in great quantities

Jonas
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Jonas

I want professional television hosts, ones with gravitas and experience. They don’t have to be comedians, singers, or known to a European audience. They don’t have to be even in light entertainment.

Robbert
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Robbert

Everyone their own opinions, but mine are Eva Jinek and Buddy Vedder. And two is enough for me.

Tim
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Tim

Eva Jinek unfortunately doesn’t seem a likely candidate now since she’s defecting NPO for RTL. I think Jeroen Pauw might do it, though.

Sam
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Sam

Hope to see Anouk and Ilse perform interval acts

Skiwalko
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Skiwalko

Not happening really, they’re both on my list of Eurovision alumnis that I want a cameo/interval act for next year tho. While we can take Duncan for granted, Ilse should definity get a chance to appear on stage. Other stars I’d like to see include Anouk, OG3NE, Douwe Bob, Waylon, Glennis, Edsilia Rombley and some past winner(s) as well. And having read a bit about Dutch presenters, Eva Jinek seems like an obvious choice, doesn’t she?

hebbuzz
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hebbuzz

Eva Jinek just today announced her leave to a commercial broadcaster so is out of competition.

Bigger
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Bigger

They probably are very able to host, and they have a natural spontaneous personality which works so I wouldn’t mind. But I would love them to sing a duet. I was actually hoping Ilse would ever sing Arcade with him, or sing her version (she did in a very short clip in one of the videos somewhere in March/April). But it didn’t happen.

But when it comes to host I want to see maybe Eva Jinek or Tim Douwsma, or Edsilia Rombley, Chantal Janzen.

Frisian esc
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Frisian esc

I deeply wonder who the 106 people who voted for gordon are. If I’d wake up to gordon hosting the eurovision song contest, I’d be like certain that I’ve landed in hell.

Preuss
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Preuss

The return of “The Common Linnets” with Ilse and Waylon hosting together

Siggi4628
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Siggi4628

Das wäre doch klasse, ein Traum die beiden

ESCFan2009
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ESCFan2009

Go Ilse, go Ilse, go Ilse <3 <3 <3

Siggi4628
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Siggi4628

Dann weiß du Bescheid, was du zu tun hast! Geh!

Kirby Romford
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Kirby Romford

That would be so cool!
And i love how Duncan flirting with Douwe Bob on Instagram, lmao!

Bigger
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Bigger

What did he do?

UncelDick
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UncelDick

Duncan posted few flirty comments on Douwe’ pics sleepy in bed 😛

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

Ilse and Douwe. Or OG3NE.

MVE
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I rather have ACTUAL hosts

Hannah
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Hannah

I know it’s pretty common for people to suggest that last year’s winner should host since Måns did it in 2016, but I do genuinely think they would be a fantastic hosting team for this year

Bigger
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Bigger

Also in Baku 2012 (Eldar) 🙂

Raoul
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Raoul

Also in Rome 1991! YAY!!!

Jonas
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Jonas

Also Riga 2003!

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

Those two were a wonderful exception, the best hosts far and wide compared to who came before and long after 2003.

pepe
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pepe

All the names, even Jan Smit, seem very unlikely to me. Some of them work for commercial broadcasters, some of them can’t be trusted in a live broadcast.
Besides, this poll should have included people like Eva Jinek, Dionne Stax and Rik van de Westelaken. And maybe people like Doutzen Kroes or Michiel Huisman.

Rasmus Bording Irlind
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Rasmus Bording Irlind

dream team honestly, the whole hosting team should just be dutch eurovision alumni