Earlier this week Dutch media sent Eurofans on an alphabetic goose chase when they revealed that the name of its Eurovision 2020 singer begins with the letter J. And today it’s been officially confirmed: Jeangu Macrooy will represent the Netherlands at Eurovision 2020.
Speaking to the official Eurovision web site, selection committee member Eric van Stade revealed that Jeangu had been on their shortlist for a while.
“The song he delivered touched us right away,” he said. “We are very happy that Jeangu wants to go on this journey with us!”
Jeangu said: “I am indescribably honoured! It’s a dream come true and the most beautiful thing that has come my way so far. My team and I are excited to make the Netherlands proud! Let’s go!”
The Dutch newspaper AD previously reported the news — citing unnamed sources — on Thursday. Their article seems to have prompted AVROTROS to confirm the news today.
A NOS reporter did some digging after that initial report and noticed that Jeangu has a two-week gap in his upcoming tour, making him available during the two weeks of Eurovision rehearsals and performances. He also has a free day on 4 April — the night of Eurovision In Concert.
Jeangu’s song for Eurovision 2020 will be released at a later date.
Jeangu Macrooy: The Netherlands’ Eurovision 2020 singer
Jeangu Macrooy is a Surinamese singer-songwriter. He was born in the former Dutch colony of Suriname in South America. He moved to the Netherlands in 2014 to study songwriting at the ArtEZ Popacademy.
Since then, he’s built up a career in the Netherlands. Jeangu has released two studio albums, one live album, an EP and many singles. He regularly tours in the Netherlands, as well as Belgium, Germany and France.
Jeangu is a regular guest performer on the popular Dutch TV show De Wereld Draait Door (“The world keeps on turning”). He performs his own music on the show, as well as tributes to artists such as Stevie Wonder, George Michael and Bob Dylan.
In 2018, he played Judas in the annual Dutch performance of The Passion. The show was directed by Eric van Tijn, who is also the musical director of Eurovision 2020. While Jeangu mostly sings in English, his The Passion performance was all in Dutch.
The singer has a twin brother, Xillan. His brother is also a singer and performs in Jeangu’s band. The two have also duetted together.
Jeangu has spoken about the importance of being an openly gay role model for young Surinamese people — a country where gay culture is often considered a taboo subject. Jeangu explained, “I’ve got a stage to trigger change. I hope I can be meaningful for all those young people in Suriname who discover their sexuality and discover that they’re different.”
Jeangu isn’t the first Dutch Eurovision act with Surinamese origins. Singers Humphrey Campbell (Eurovision 1992) and Ruth Jacott (Eurovision 1993) were both born in Suriname before moving to the Netherlands.
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