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.
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I’m a bit crazy, but I love it. And I love this song by @guysebastian as well. He performed this song at the @eurovision and I cannot wait for 2020 to see everyone live in my hometown Rotterdam ??? Will you be there? #jordanroy #guysebastian #eurovision #callmecrazy #crazy #crazyinlove #with #singing #duncanlaurence #ahoy #rotterdam #2020 #beyonce #esc #eurovisiesongfestival #songfestival
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.
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