Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga dropped on Netflix on June 26th and has gained widespread international attention, topping Netflix’ most-watched films list in several countries including New Zealand, Russia and the United States. It’s even Will Ferrell’s most successful film since 2014.
Of course, Will Ferrell and his fellow actors aren’t the only people enjoying a bit of attention. There are plenty of cameos that have caught people’s eyes, from Eurovision singers like Netta and Conchita Wurst to Eurovision commentators like Graham Norton and our very own William Lee Adams. Amid all these Eurovision personalities, there was one very high-profile person missing from the credits: the 2019 champ and reigning Eurovision winner Duncan Laurence.
Why isn’t Duncan Laurence in the Eurovision movie?
After the film premiered on Friday, many eagle-eyed viewers wondered why Duncan didn’t make an appearance, especially since several other previous Eurovision stars took part, including Eurovision 2019 alum John Lundvik. Among the confused was Dutch Eurovision commentator Cornald Maas.
“I was surprised”, he said to Dutch media outlet BuzzE earlier this week. He suggested that producers would have been well-aware of who he was, even before he won the song contest. “Certainly because Duncan was number 1 with the bookies for a long time in advance and was a favourite for the final victory.”
As it turns out, producers at Netflix did offer Duncan a role. His manager confirmed that tidbit with BuzzE: “He was approached but it didn’t fit his schedule.”
And while Duncan left a big winner-shaped hole in the picture, there were plenty of other singers able to RSVP for the shoot.
Eurofans would have noticed an abundance of Eurovision royalty in the film, including former winners Netta (2018), Salvador Sobral (2017), Jamala (2016), Conchita Wurst (2014), Loreen (2012) and Alexander Rybak (2009). Salvador was the only star whose Eurovision song made the official soundtrack of the film. You’ll recall that “Amar Pelos Dois” was played early in the movie, as Lars & Sigrit arrive in Edinburgh.
Other singers who made it to set include John Lundvik (2019), Bilal Hassani (2019), Anna Odobescu (2019), Elina Nechayeva (2018) and Jessy Matador (2010).
Were you sad not to see Duncan? Would you have put him in the song-along or given him another appearance? Let us know down below!