Update: In response to a now-deleted tweet, Jeangu Macrooy has confirmed that “Freedom Sound” is not his song for Eurovision 2020. This tweet predates Hannelore Zwitserlood’s on-air claims by two days.
Thanks ??? (maar dit is niet het nummer ?)
— Jeangu Macrooy (@JeanguMacrooy) January 19, 2020
It seems that no one likes to speculate about Eurovision quite as much as the Dutch. But ever since Jeangu Macrooy was unveiled as the Netherlands’ 2020 representative, the rumour mongers have had little to get their teeth into… until now!
That’s because a popular radio DJ claims to have gotten her hands on the demo for Jeangu’s entry for Eurovision 2020. Allegedly, it will be called “Freedom Sound”.
Radio DJ claims Jeangu Macrooy will sing “Freedom Sound” at Eurovision
The bold claims were made during the Tuesday 21 January edition of Radio 538’s Morning Show with Frank Dane. His sidekick Hannelore Zwitserlood announced that she had received the demo of the Dutch entry from “a contact”.
She says the song is called ”Freedom Sound”.
The Dutch website LINDA.nl quizzed Hannelore about her claims.
“I can’t say much else about it,” she says. “Of course I don’t know for sure, but the contact I’m referring to is very close to someone from Jeangu’s team.”
Hannelore elaborates, “He said that Jeangu wrote this song “Freedom Sound” years ago. It’s one of his favourite songs and Jeangu really wants to use it for Eurovision. They are going to pimp “Freedom Sound” with extra beautiful music elements”.
”Personally, I would really like it. I think it’s a beautiful song. It fits perfectly with the theme of the Eurovision Song Contest”.
Jeangu Macrooy’s “Freedom Sound” on YouTube
So far, it is not-yet-certain if “Freedom Sound” will be Jeangu’s Eurovision song.
Apparently, Hannelore received some comments saying that she is incorrect.
The Dutch Broadcaster AVROTROS has not yet responded to the speculation.
However, even the most amateur of sleuths can find Jeangu performing a song called “Freedom Sound” on YouTube. It was first uploaded almost four and a half years ago, in September 2015.
Eurovision entries are not supposed to be released before 1 September of the year preceding the contest. So any 2020 entry must be commercially released after 1 September 2019.
The footage was recorded during a gig at the Paco Plumtrek. As of 23 January, it had just over 2,600 views. However, one suspects that most of these may have come after the radio show. All of the comments have been left within the past five days.
Of course, there are numerous possibilities.
Firstly, Hannelore may be misinformed. Jeangu might be singing something completely different.
Alternatively, there may be a second “Freedom Sound”. Such a scenario is not unheard of.
In 2018, just hours after Surie’s participation was confirmed for the UK national final, fans unearthed one of her recordings from July 2017 — “Storm”. However, this turned out to be a completely different song from the actual “Storm” she competed with.
And there’s even a chance that Hannelore is right and it’s the same “Freedom Sound” as on YouTube. A similar incident happened to the Dutch in 2019, when two-year-old footage of Duncan Laurence’s “Arcade” emerged online. However, it was held not to break the rules. Ultimately, the question comes down to whether there was a commercial advantage or not.
What do you think? Do you trust the radio DJ? Would “Freedom Sound” be a good entry? Let us know in the comment section.