He’s the Eurovision legend who took home the crystal trophy for The Netherlands in 2019. Now, Duncan Laurence is hitting it big time in the United States. On today’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the reigning Eurovision champion performed “Arcade” alongside duet partner FLETCHER.
Owing to COVID-19 restrictions, the pair’s performance was pre-recorded ahead of the show.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show: Duncan Laurence — “Arcade” (featuring FLETCHER)
“The song has been streamed over one billion times”, Ellen said, holding a vinyl copy of Duncan’s album Small Town Boy. “Performing ‘Arcade’, please welcome Duncan Laurence and FLETCHER”.
Duncan and FLETCHER’s performance takes place at coastal scenes, with both Duncan and FLETCHER each on a beach. Duncan sits at a piano as he sings, much like his winning Eurovision 2019 performance. He’s filmed on a stark Dutch beach, with cool springtime light.
Meanwhile FLETCHER performs her part wearing a light blue suit, standing barefoot on a beach. She’s drenched in a warm pink light as she delivers killer vocals and gorgeous harmonies.
They may have been performing thousands of kilometres apart on different continents, but the emotion of the song unites them.
Some fans may be disappointed however, as Ellen did not interview Duncan and FLETCHER.
Still, this is a huge gig for Duncan. As the first Eurovision star to grace The Ellen DeGeneres Show, he’s reaching an average viewership of 1.5 million people. The Dutch star’s appearance on Ellen marks his second US TV gig — in March, he also performed “Arcade” on NBC’s The TODAY Show.
Duncan Laurence guest stars on iHeartRadio Inside The Studio podcast
It’s not just US TV that Duncan’s conquering. This week, he also appeared on iHeartRadio’s Inside The Studio podcast.
There, the Dutch star told host Jordan Runtagh about Eurovision, the meaning of “Arcade” and his newfound success in America.
“A couple of months ago I got this message from my manager, he was saying I think you should have a look at what’s happening on TikTok — “Arcade” is blowing up. A lot of Harry Potter fans were using the song to recreate scenes from the movies to kind of make Malfoy and Hermione who are sworn enemies in the movie to fall in love with each other.”
Since winning Eurovision and subsequently going viral on TikTok, Duncan has found his way into charts all over the world. In February, “Arcade” re-entered the UK Top 40 at number 39.
You can listen to the full interview on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.
As humble Eurovision fans, we couldn’t be more proud of Duncan Laurence and his achievements across the pond! Gefeliciteerd, Duncan!
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