Dutch broadcaster AVROTROS has finally revealed the artist that will represent the Netherlands at Eurovision 2019: young newcomer Duncan Laurence!
After a nice game of trick and treat, a media guessing game and some bits of information, broadcaster AVROTROS has decided to present the artist that will fly the Dutch flag to Tel Aviv: no celebrity, no dance song, but fresh newcomer and The Voice alumnus Duncan Laurence!
Duncan Laurence himself states:
In the past years, very well-known A-artists partook in behalf of the Netherlands. That’s not the case with me, but that’s also the beauty of it: there are so many young musical talents in the Netherlands. My participation proves that you can just get the chance to show what you are worth on such a big stage. I am very proud that I will be representing the Netherlands and I will give everything I have.
Who is Duncan Laurence?
24-year old singer-songwriter Duncan Laurence (born Duncan de Moor) became known when he participated in the popular TV-show The Voice of Holland in 2014. Duncan joined team Ilse DeLange, who herself participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 with her country collective The Common Linnets, alongside Waylon.
She immediately heard and saw potential in Duncan:
Duncan is very special. What he writes is very international. It’s authentic. It touches a chord in everything, I find. To boot, he has the personality that fits such a big adventure. His priorities always lie with the music.
Duncan Laurence eventually made it to the live shows of The Voice. He graduated from the Rock Academy in the city of Tilburg and besides a singer-songwriter he is also a producer, developing his talents in London and Stockholm.
Song to be presented on 7 March
The selection committee of the AVROTROS has stated:
We were blown from our chairs by this song. It is so powerful that we unanimously decided that Duncan is our man.
Duncan Laurence’s entry will be officially presented to the public on Thursday 7 March.
To get into the mood, enjoy a taste of Duncan Laurence’s music!