He’s confirmed to represent the host nation once more at Eurovision 2021 in Rotterdam. And now we know where The Netherlands’ Jeangu Macrooy will perform in the grand final — 23rd!
Jeangu Macrooy will perform 23rd in the Eurovision 2021 final
Those with a decent memory will recall that this is the same position Jeangu was due to sing in at the cancelled 2020 contest.
Following the earlier announcement that the semi-final allocations will remain the same as 2020, the Reference Group has now decided that the Netherland’s grand final spot will also be unchanged.
The placing was originally drawn at the Heads of Delegation meeting last March. While the Eurovision running order has been producer-led since 2013, host nations still draw their spot at random. This ensures producers don’t weight the running order to favour their own act.
While the artist and the running order position are unchanged, the song will be new. Shortly after Eurovision’s cancellation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, show organisers confirmed that all new songs would be required for 2021.
A history of performing 23rd at Eurovision
There is some host nation history with spot 23.
Denmark’s Basim performed in the same spot at Eurovision 2014 and scored a very resectable ninth place. It has produced mixed results since.
Georgia’s Nina Sublatti made it to 11th place in 2015 and Belgium’s Blanche placed in the top five in 2017. On the other hand Nika Kocharov & Young Georgian Lolitaz placed 20th in 2016 and in the two most recent years acts performing 23rd have placed 18th both times.
The most successful act in the 23rd club is Lativa’s Marie N. She won Eurovision 2002 with “I Wanna”.
How Macrooy will perform from the position remains to be seen.
Are you happy with the EBU’s decision? Is 23rd good for Jeangu? Let us know below.