Speculation over The Netherlands‘ act for Eurovision 2020 continues. Earlier in the week, a local radio DJ claimed the Dutch act was someone whose name began with J. Now a showbiz news site claims the artist in question is former X Factor star Jordan Roy.

Shownieuws.nl says that a “reliable source” claims that Jordan Roy will represent the host country on stage in Rotterdam. And if he is the one, he won’t have far to travel — Jordan was born in Rotterdam.

The showbiz news site also notes that Jordan has recently started using the #eurovision hashtag on his Instagram posts.

But this could be a red flag. Past experience tells us that internally selected artists are usually sworn to secrecy before the broadcaster officially confirms them. Artists are usually unable to reveal ANYTHING about their Eurovision participation — not even hints on social media — until the broadcaster says so.

It is important to note that Dutch broadcaster AVROTROS has not made any statement about Jordan Roy or the Dutch act for Eurovision 2020.

Who is Jordan Roy?

Jordy van Toornburg was born and raised in Rotterdam, and it was also there that he studied music at Codarts University for the Arts. While a student, he formed the vocal trio Adlicious with fellow students Laise Sanches and Shirley Spoor.

The group auditioned for The X Factor UK in 2010, where they made it to the final 50 acts. Adlicious had better luck on home turf, auditioning for the Dutch version of X Factor the following year. They were a stand-out act on the series and made it to the grand final where they finished as the series runners-up.

Jordan debuted his stage name Jordan Roy in 2016 when he auditioned for The Voice of Holland.

After getting all four coaches to turn from his performance of Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror”, Jordan selected Dutch Eurovision star Waylon as his coach. Jordan was eliminated in the Knock-out round.

In 2018, Jordan was involved with the reality show The Talent Project, where he served as one of the vocal coaches, working with the show’s contestants.

Last year, Jordan starred in Freedom, a touring George Michael tribute show. He has also performed with Glennis Grace in her Whitney Houston tribute show, taking the George Michael part in the duet “If I Told You That”.

Jordan also has an interest in Eurovision. In 2015, he recorded a cover of Guy Sebastian’s Eurovision entry “Tonight Again”. Jordan recently reposted it to his Instagram account, again with the #eurovision hashtag.

Whoever The Netherlands sends to represent the country in May, it will be a tough act to follow in Duncan Lawrence’s footsteps.

In recent years, acts representing host countries haven’t fared the best at Eurovision. In 2015, The Makemakes scored nil points and placed 26th, O.Torvald placed 24th in 2017, Cláudia Pascoal was last in 2017, while Kobi Marimi placed 23rd last year. However, earlier in the decade, four host acts made the Eurovision top ten.

What do you think? Would you like to see Jordan Roy represent The Netherlands? Tell us your thoughts below!

Read more Netherlands Eurovision 2020 news here

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TimeToReact
TimeToReact
3 years ago

It’s even mentioned as ‘not confirmed’ news on the news site of the broadcaster NOS. Besides that, there’s a ‘discrepancy’ of a fortnight in his theater tour dates in May..

TimeToReact
TimeToReact
3 years ago

Almost sure it’s gonna be Jeangu Macrooy.. he fits the Open Up slogan and is a skilled singer.

Inkie
Inkie
3 years ago

Latest news is that Jeangu Macrooy will represent the Netherlands

jeicjsjf
jeicjsjf
3 years ago

wasnt the artists name starting with a J a prank?

Tom
Tom
3 years ago

OMG no, next I thought they ask Ilse but anyway i wish best of luck to Les Pays Bas 🙂

Alybloggs
Alybloggs
3 years ago

Why won’t The Netherlands include six artists with the letter J starting in their names participate together in Rotterdam instead? Make it like Genealogy, and at least they are the host country for this year.

Bear
Bear
3 years ago
Reply to  Alybloggs

Lol but they already did that in 2011, but with 3J’s

Robbert
Robbert
3 years ago

Everybody in the showbizz in the NL knows how good and talented he is. One of the most asked backing singers, successful vocal coach, creative stage personality. And in the end the song is a decisive factor.
Jordan might not be very well-known with the audience, his colleagues in showbizz know better.

finnished
finnished
3 years ago

Hvala ne.

Katariina
Katariina
3 years ago

God I hope not

Ulvi
Ulvi
3 years ago

Holland treats Eurovision like a joke… They have such treasure like Trijntje Oosterhuis and they just don’t use her… she’s not a host, she’s not a confirmed interval act, and now she isn’t even a Dutch representative… she would bring a guaranteed 1st place for Holland 2nd year in a row… although if Lithuania makes the right choice and sends ‘Why Why Why’ to Eurovision, it would be a bit harder but still possible.

Dawid
Dawid
3 years ago
Reply to  Ulvi

Maybe she doesn’t want to. Did you take it into consideration?

RoboESC
RoboESC
3 years ago
Reply to  Ulvi

No, you treat eurovision and wiwibloggs like a joke.

Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais
3 years ago
Reply to  Ulvi

Trolling in the deep…

Ulvi
Ulvi
3 years ago
Reply to  Ricky Gervais

You think that loving Trijntje is trolling?

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
3 years ago
Reply to  Ulvi

Well, she’s already been to Eurovision and she didn’t qualify
So I don’t think she’s such a great choice but I personally loved her

Joe
Joe
3 years ago
Reply to  Ulvi

If they treated Eurovision like a joke, they wouldn’t have won, now would they?

Alybloggs
Alybloggs
3 years ago
Reply to  Ulvi

You are hilarious! Thank you for brightening up my day.

Wolfik19857
Wolfik19857
3 years ago

Maybe one of the oldest great artist comeback name Jay Delano formerly known in 2000’s from hits “Close to you ” and “Rockstar” and also from 90’s as A member band R’n’G hits “Here comes the sun”. I would Love to see him at Eurovision stage.

Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais
3 years ago
Reply to  Wolfik19857

I soooo remember R’n’G. They had a song with Natalia Kukulska.

TOM
TOM
3 years ago

I’m not impressed at all

Bebethequeen
Bebethequeen
3 years ago

When you too early and all the comments are negative, you know what OPEN UP to a potential eurovision artist.

Maarten
Maarten
3 years ago

Yeah, our team is trying so badly to keep our act a secret, that they of course will let our participant use the #Eurovision. This confirms he will NOT go to Eurovision. He’s just trying to get his two minutes of fame since he’s that irrelevant.

dutchie
dutchie
3 years ago

SBS Shownieuws is not a good source, in the gossip category RTL Boulevard tends to be more reliable. I personally don’t think this is the guy.

A name with J which hasn’t come up here so much is Jeangu Macrooy. He is a more credible candidate, ticks all the Avrotros boxes, and he happens to have a two week gap on his tour schedule in May.

RoboESC
RoboESC
3 years ago

Haha guys… just like Judy he drops fake hints hoping his name would get picked up by the media, just because his name also starts wit a J. It’s free publicity, very smart. But no way avrotros would allow this if he was the actual selected artist. So this is just a confirmation that he is nót representing NL(!)

Mako
Mako
3 years ago

Actually, four host acts reached the top 10 the past decade : Lena in 2011, Sabina Babayeva in 2012, Basim in 2014 and Frans in 2016 😉

Dawid
Dawid
3 years ago
Reply to  Mako

Welp, Frans is from Sweden. He would be on top 10 anyway

Mr X
Mr X
3 years ago

It´s a pity – my favourite was Judy Blank…..

Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais
3 years ago

This guy annoys me already. 😛

Funkycoffin
Funkycoffin
3 years ago
Reply to  Ricky Gervais

Why?

Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais
3 years ago
Reply to  Funkycoffin

He has that ‘I’m better than you’ aura about him.

Dawid
Dawid
3 years ago
Reply to  Ricky Gervais

Damn, you know you’re screwed when people hate you because of your “aura” xd glad that i don’t have psychic powers to see his aura

Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais
3 years ago
Reply to  Dawid

Oh, you know what I meant. One of my favourite examples was Isis Gee. The song was outdated, she couldn’t sing for life, but she was so sweet and approachable that she won jury’s hearts. That’s what I call a positive aura. One smile or twinkle in the eye can say A LOT about a person.

FYROM
FYROM
3 years ago
Reply to  Ricky Gervais

Homophobe!

Wiwicocks
Wiwicocks
3 years ago
Reply to  FYROM

Nothing to do with his sexuality! I know exactly what he means!

Rasmus
Rasmus
3 years ago
Reply to  FYROM

Northmacedonia-phobe. Correct your name. its 2020. get over it.! The rest of the world have.

Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais
3 years ago
Reply to  FYROM

Missed shot here. I’m gay myself. 😛

Rasmus
Rasmus
3 years ago
Reply to  Ricky Gervais

Your Middle-age 1400th century opinions annoys me.

Roelof Meesters
Roelof Meesters
3 years ago

Sites like Shownieuws have been told so many things by ‘reliable sources’ that I don’t buy it anymore until an official announcement is made. However, should it be him, he seems like a good enough representative, I personally don’t know him but nobody knew Duncan Laurence either so that doesn’t matter.

Everlasting Hodstopper
Everlasting Hodstopper
3 years ago

UK 2015: Professional Mick Jagger impersonator
Netherlands 2020: Professional George Michael impersonator?