Jeangu Macrooy has played his Eurovision song “Grow” live for the first time.

He gave the performance at De Wereld Draait Door, accompanied by a live band and backing vocalists.

This was a flawless live performance of his Eurovision entry and was well received by the public.

@twitesther writes, ”Very beautiful. I will give him my ”douze points”: this is a beautiful and original song, fantastic singer, beautiful person! @jeangumacrooy, I’m very happy to see you at our Eurovision Song Contest.”

@navellef adds, ”Jeangu’s videoclip didn’t touch me that much, but the live performance was a hit immediately. It felt more intimate. I have respect for all involved in this choice. Thanks. I do believe that you will win. Anyway, like someone else already said: performing a song like this on stage is already winning.”

First live performance

De Wereld Draait Door is a talk show, where Jeangu is a regular guest.

Speaking of his song, Jeangu said: “Emotions, good and bad, are a universal language. I hope this song makes people feel a little less lonely in their search for happiness. I think that openness and honesty about how we really feel will ultimately bring us closer. I believe in the power music has to bring people together. It’s the reason I do what I do.”

Jeangu’s dreams

Jeangu also appeared in another talk show with Eva Jinek. Here, they talked about his Eurovision entry “Grow” and everything that is currently coming his way. “The past few days have really been a rollercoaster. But the great thing is that after we have had to keep it a secret for so long, we can finally talk about the song.

Jeangu revealed something about the staging of his Eurovision performance. “We’re going to keep it in line with the song. The most important thing is that we get the feel of the song on stage,” said Macrooy.

Jeangu has always had big dreams. According to him, the reason he dreams so big is because of his mother. She always supported Jeangu to follow his dream to become a performer. When Jeangu was a kid, he was a big fan of Beyoncé. One day he saw her performance on TV, and he thought: “I want to be a performer, and I will become a performer”.

On the show they discussed one of Jeangu’s notebooks he had when he was a kid. Jeangu wrote on the cover “If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough!”.  At this moment, he is not scared to perform on the Eurovision stage because everything is planned and prepared in small steps. However, Jeangu says that he’s certain that he will be scared on the 16th of May when he is going to perform in the Grand Final of Eurovision.

What do you think of Jeangu’s live performance? Let us know in the comment section down below!

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This song is magical!! Jeangu’s performance is out of this world. I’m very grateful that The Netherlands have understood what is to host the Show – not only the venues, organisation, etc – but also providing a High Quality song, totally aligned with the #OpenUp. I expect a remarkable moment in Rotterdam when Jeangu performs. It doesn’t matter in which place it will end – which will be a high one I hope – nonetheless a winning song for its message, singer and the whole package. Congrats Jeangu!! Thank you The Netherlands !!!!!!

Karla
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Karla

I want Jaengu to give another victory to the netherlands

Karla
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Karla

I would love to the him winning

Karla
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Karla

I woulkd like to see Netherlands win again

Fan From Texas
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Fan From Texas

Pure.Freaking.Magic. My top ballad this year. I’m rooting for you Netherlands. Easily left side of the scoreboard.

Frau Loch
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Frau Loch

If this song leaves you cold hearted you really have some major issues:) The staging can uplift this song to a level that could make it winner. My bet is that they will use the B stage that has the see through LED screen. Just look at the projector in the video…..

gilpgilp
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gilpgilp

This is a fantastic song. I don’t know if it is Eurovision friendly though, but I hope it gets the credit that it deserves. I would not be upset if Netherlands won again.

Mariss
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Mariss

very soulful i really feel something from the song he performs like having a heartbreak and heartwarm at the same time beautiful!

GuyGuy
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GuyGuy

I guess it’s a matter of taste, but I really don’t get the mini hype and odds position of this song. It is indeed a high quality nice song and he’s a great performer live, but it’s not enough and at the end of the day (for me at least) this is a snooze fest with no hook and going nowhere.. I’m not saying that a winning song has to be a dance banger with fireworks. Last year winner was a ballad, but it was a powerful and one that was a clear winner from the start. I do wish… Read more »

Lazarus
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Lazarus

Maybe no hook and going nowhere.. did you understand the song? Mini hype? What mini hype? Yes last year was amazing, but to say this should be lower than the odds predict.. there is plenty of power but to see it you have to understand that power can also be found in silence, words, emotions. Sometimes that carries more power than all those trying to copy last year, beats, shouting and belting.

Henry
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Henry

Well said!

Sabrina
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Sabrina

This is simply beautiful. If they stage it in a way Jeangu can make a connection to home viewers, I believe it can do very well. But even if it doesn’t, it’s one of my favorite entries of 2020.

Jimmy Smit
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Jimmy Smit

Gorgeous.

Domino
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Domino

I like him. Jeangu is an amazing singer. But the song feels like it belongs in Church. However, I’m not opposed to Church music, I actually like it quite a bit, but Eurovision. 2020 already has so many slow songs with dreadful builds (looking at you Slovenia) so sending this just adds to the number of them. I wish you luck Jeangu! 😉

Citizen of Memel
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Citizen of Memel

The song is a grower (what an irony), but I feel like the song can be literally killed because of the staging, or the lack of it.

Henry
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Henry

Or the other way around… that the staging will be epic and brings this song to a higher level….

Mr Vanilla Bean
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Mr Vanilla Bean

One of the best entries this year. The Netherlands really excel at the slower and more silent stuff. Anouk and Ilse paved the way for quality entries like this. I feel like ‘Grow’ may have needed three and a half minutes to grow further, but it’s definitely top 10 material for me.

mft
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mft

In my opinion Maastricht can start preparation for Song Contest 2021 🙂

Frank Arthur
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Frank Arthur

For me can be beatiful to see Netherland to win again ,this is just a masterpiece,emotional song ,full feelings, this is esc in pure esence.

Behold
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Behold

I think you misinterpreted what Jeangu said about being scared… if he were to perform on the Eurovision stage tomorrow, he’d be scared, but he’s taking baby steps towards that point.

As for the performance: the song is better live than on record, as per usual for the Dutch entry, it seems. Juries simply cannot ignore this guy, he’s a natural performer, and the harmonies are on point too. As for the televoters, I really have no idea. Could be anywhere from 1st to 25th.

Mark
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Mark

I’m very impressed by the live performance! It gives the song much more identity and character.

I believe this song is made for the live performance in Rotterdam and will create a magic moment. I think Netherlands will surprise and has a good shot of climbing the top again in May!

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

What an entry the Netherlands have here. It is completely class and I love how Jeangu performs it. There’s something very special about this and I definitely think there’ll be points waiting for this in May.

ag89
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ag89

It’s a really beautiful song. The structure, the lyrics, the switch from darkish to light atmosphere, it’s a very smart entry. Too bad it’s only three minutes long because it seems they had to rush with some parts or cut it. Currently, this is probably my number 1 or 2, but I understand the song requires a lot of time so that’s why the reaction is not super positive.

Kosey
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Kosey

What a great performer, he clearly has that in the bag.
As for the song, I’m not so sure. It takes far too long to get going and just when it is just building into something amazing it finishes.
I can see there being lots of panoramic video shots on the night but i don’t think the song’s structure will allow it to be as impactful as it might otherwise have been.

Kobe
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Kobe

I think it’s just the strength of the song.
It flows gently into a climax of hope…
Do i need to say i’m a big fan of “Grow”? ?