Jeangu Macrooy will represent the Netherlands at Eurovision 2021. Th Dutch broadcaster was quick to announce the confirmation after the EBU confirmed that the event will be postponed for a year due to measures regarding the coronavirus.
Jeangu confirmed for Eurovision 2021
Dutch broadcaster AVROTROS is happy to continue the collaboration with Jeangu in 2021. Following Spain and Greece, both of which have issued statements confirming the return of their planned 2020 act, the broadcaster said:
“Obviously AVROTROS fully understands the decision of the EBU, the municipality of Rotterdam and the project team consisting of NPO / NOS / AVROTROS. This is not an easy decision, but unfortunately inevitable because health always comes first. Macrooy has also been very excited to participate in ESC. But he fully understands the decision. AVROTROS supports our Dutch entry and is happy to continue the collaboration with Jeangu in 2021 with new energy and passion.”
Further details about what song Jeangu will sing at ESC 2021 will be announced at a later stage, according to AVROTROS.
During De Wereld Draait Door, Jeangu performed a stripped-down version of his song “Grow”. It was just Jeangu and a pianist. During the performance, tears swell in Jeangu’s eyes – he is visibly emotional as he confronts this new reality, just like the other guests at the show.
”A messy day”
Cornald Maas — the Dutch Eurovision commenter and Eurovision in Concert host — was also on DWDD. “Today is a messy day. It’s hard to say something. I’m slightly embarrassed, because there are obviously more important things than Eurovision. But I’ve been writing about Eurovision in notebooks since I was 12 years and I’ve been involved for decades. Last year, we finally won. It’s a pity that we have to wait until 2021 – but understandable.’’
Nevertheless, Cornald also sees the silver lining: “At least we don’t have to worry about the leaking of our act – we know Jeangu is going in 2021.’’
Who will host Eurovision 2021?
Eurovision 2020 hosts Chantal Janzen and Edsilia Rombley were also on DWDD – Jan Smit couldn’t be there because he’s still suffering from burn-out. Chantal opened the show with a performance of the Dutch song “Avond” –which can be translated to “Evening” — a song about maintaining hope. Chantal says she wants to make people feel better by singing, because music can be a form of consolation. Edsilia Rombley agrees: “We need music, it gives hope, it gives strength, music gives so much more than we are aware of.’’
Chantal and Edsilia would love to host Eurovision 2021, but they are not sure if that will actually happen. “Time will tell”, the ladies agreed.
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