He’s the reigning champ who’s current schedule includes appearances on top U.S. talk shows like TODAY and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. But Duncan Laurence’s biggest gig of the year will arguably come in May when he performs in both the first semi-final and grand final of Eurovision 2021.
Duncan Laurence to perform at Eurovision 2021
The Dutch Eurovision 2019 winner will have the honour of opening the first semi-final on Tuesday 18 May. The message behind his set will be clear –“the Eurovision Song Contest is back and we are going to celebrate it!”
Duncan will return to Rotterdam’s Ahoy a few days later for the 22 May grand final. Then he’ll debut his yet to be named new song, as well as reprising his winning entry from Tel Aviv — “Arcade”.
Speaking to Eurovision.tv, Duncan says: “I am really looking forward to performing at the Eurovision Song Contest. We have all had to wait so long for it, but it is almost there. It is very special to be able to return to the stage, where it all started for me two years ago.”
Head of Show Gerben Bakker adds: “It is special to work with Duncan and his creative team. In recent months, we have worked hard to present performances at a high level. In short: the quality that we are used to from Duncan Laurence and with which he brought this unique festival to our country. I am convinced that with his performance in the Grand Final he will touch the viewers again.”
Eurovision 2021 interval acts
With Eurovision 2021 now less than two months away, all the bits and pieces of the show are beginning to fall into place. As well as the 39 entries, we also know details of many of the interval acts set to appear across the three nights.
After Duncan, the highest-profile interval act will undoubtedly be Rock The Roof during the grand final. This set will see Eurovision icons perform from the rooftops of Rotterdam. Six former winners will feature — Lenny Kuhr (1969), Teach-In (with Getty Kaspers, 1975), Sandra Kim (1986), Helena Paparizou (2005), Lordi (2006) and Måns Zelmerlöw (2015).
Meanwhile, established singer Eefje de Visser is set to open the second semi with breakdancer Redo. DJ Pieter Gabriel will open the grand final on 22 May.
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