Jeangu Macrooy, the Dutch representative of Eurovision 2020, will reveal his Eurovision entry on Wednesday the 4th of March. AVROTROS confirmed the news on Twitter, sending Eurofans into a flurry of heart and Dutch flag emojis.
The Netherlands’ Eurovision 2020 entry
The Dutch song will premiere during De Wereld Draait Door, a popular talkshow in The Netherlands. A day later, on March 5, Jeangu will sing his Eurovision song live for the first time during the same talkshow. The same strategy was used last year when the Duncan Laurence revealed his winning Eurovision song “Arcade”.
The name of Jeangu’s song has not been announced yet. Cornald Maas, who is part of the selection committee for the Eurovision Song Contest, tweeted that the song can be best described as “outspoken and distinctive”.
— Cornald Maas (@cornaldm) February 26, 2020
Who is Jeangu Macrooy?
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.
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Jeangu is a regular guest performer on De Wereld Draait Door. He performs his own music on the show, as well as tributes to artists such as Stevie Wonder, George Michael and Bob Dylan.
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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