The Netherlands’ Jeangu Macrooy is premiering his Eurovision 2020 entry on Wednesday night on Dutch television… but it looks like someone has spoilt the surprise.
A new music video by the Dutch-Surinamese singer has appeared on his Apple Music profile tonight. It’s called “Grow”, and the beginning of the video matches the recently published teaser.
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Watch the music video here. If you don’t have an Apple Music account, you’ll only be able to watch a 30-second snippet. The music video is premiering on the official Eurovision Youtube channel later today at 19.15 CET.
“Grow” is a slow-built ballad with deep lyrics in which Jeangu dives into his inner self and apologises for his way of expressing his feelings.
“Don’t take it personally, don’t be offended, don’t mind my mood changing like the weather. God knows I tried to hold it all together. I’m getting old and it ain’t what I thought it would be,” he sings.
The song adds elements and voices which build a powerful crescendo which finishes in a gospel-like final chorus. It’s classy and it’s finely produced — “Grow” actually does justice to its title.
However, it’s important to note that neither Jeangu nor the Dutch broadcaster has confirmed that “Grow” is the Dutch Eurovision 2020 entry. It is possible that Jeangu has coincidentally released an unrelated new music video the morning of his Eurovision song release.
Jeangu will debut his Eurovision 2020 song tonight on the popular Dutch talkshow De Wereld Draait Door at 19:15 CET. The video will also be debuted online at the same time.
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.
He 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.
How much do you like “Grow”? Will Jeangu break the host country’s streak of not-so-good finishes? Tell us in the comment section below!
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