Following the cancellation of Eurovision last year, the majority of the class of 2020 received the comeback ticket to sing again at Eurovision 2021. A massive 26 artists will return to represent their countries at Eurovision 2021. But as per the standard Eurovision rules, they’ve all got new songs.
Thus, comparisons to their previous entries are inevitable. So, we want to hear from our readers. We’re running a series of polls to ask — do you prefer the returning artists’ 2020 or 2021 songs?
Today, we’re saying hallo to 2021 host nation the Netherlands. In 2020, Jeangu Macrooy was set to take “Grow” to Rotterdam. This year, he’ll be singing “Birth of a New Age” at Eurovision 2021. But which song is your favourite? Vote in our poll now!
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“Grow” (Netherlands 2020)
Jeangu was internally selected for Eurovision 2020 with his song “Grow”. And that’s exactly what the song did, slowly building through its three minutes to an emotional climax. The Dutch star utilised his rich vocals to deliver a soulful track that discussed the journey of growing older.
The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — awarded “Grow” an average score of 7.03/10. In his review of the song, wiwiblogger William commented:
“It’s the highs and lows that make you grow. That’s one of the many lessons hidden in Jeangu Macrooy’s Eurovision 2020 song “Grow”. The slow-built ballad sits at the intersection of dark soul and gospel. At times it’s so pared back that it seems naked: Jeangu’s rich voice is completely exposed. Thankfully he shines in these moments, showing just how strong a vocalist he is. The lyrics suggest his travels haven’t always been easy, and the clean production brings that pain and struggle into sharper focus. Sincere, raw and completely authentic, this song isn’t just to be heard, it’s to be felt. It hits you like a tonne of bricks straight to the heart.”
“Birth Of A New Age” (Netherlands 2021)
Dutch broadcaster AVROTROS was very quick to announce that Jeangu would be chosen again for Eurovision 2021 and given the opportunity to finally represent the Netherlands on home soil.
This year, Jeangu will be singing “Birth Of A New Age”. It’s more upbeat than his previous entry, but still contains the singer’s soulful character. The song also includes a repeated phrase in Sranan Tongo, a language spoken by people in Jeangu’s birth country of Suriname.
Poll battle — Netherlands: Which Jeangu Macrooy entry do you prefer?
In this poll, you can only vote for one song — so choose wisely. And as always, you can only vote once. Let the battle commence!
Which song did you vote for? Are you team “Grow” or team “Birth Of A New Age”? Let us know in the comments below!