Dutch DJ Afrojack will perform as part of the most important interval of the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam.
Afrojack will perform during the portion of the interval when viewers from all over Europe and Australia will cast their votes for their favourite song. And he won’t just stand behind a DJ booth.
Head of Show, Gerben Bakker, revealed the news during the radio broadcast of Aan de slag on NPO Radio 2. “It will be very special”, he said.
Eurovision 2020 interval act: Afrojack will perform with a symphony orchestra
Afrojack will be performing with 65 young musicians who were scouted by show music manager Eric van Tijn earlier this winter. He will also be joined by about forty dancers as well as a gospel choir of 25 singers. It will be busy on stage…
Back in January, Bakker told the broadcaster: “With these auditions, we want to give young Dutch musical talent the chance to present themselves in a unique way to the world. With a special performance by a large symphony orchestra, we aim to show what the Netherlands is capable of in this area, so we call on all of these young music professionals and students to apply.”
It’s no surprise that the Dutch broadcasters are combining a DJ with classical music. After all, the two genres represent the biggest musical exports of the country. Dutch DJs such as Martin Garrix, Armin van Buuren and Hardwell have topped the DJ Mag 100 in recent years, while classical musicians such as André Rieu and Jaap van Zweden have toured the world.
Who is Afrojack?
Afrojack, whose real name is Nick van de Wall, is one of the Netherlands’ most famous DJs. Interesting to point out: Afrojack hails from the small town of Spijkenisse, where Eurovision 2019 winner Duncan Laurence was also born. Since the start of his career, Afrojack has played the largest festival stages around the world.
One of his first worldwide hits, “Take Over the World”, was a duet with fellow Dutch artist Eva Simons. But since then, the Dutch native has taken over the world. He has regularly collaborated with David Guetta, Charli XCX and Jewelz & Sparks.
Afrojack will not be the first big DJ to conquer to Eurovision stage. In 2015, Austrian DJ Left Boy opened the Grand Final and two years prior to that, the late Swedish DJ Aviici performed “We Write the Story” with ex-ABBA members Björn and Benny.
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