25-year-old singer-songwriter Duncan Laurence, is the 2019 Eurovision champion, bringing the contest therefore back to the Netherlands for the first time in 44 years.
With Arcade, Duncan gathered 498 points from 41 international juries and televoters from across Europe. Even though his song wasn’t the mutual favourite of the jury and the televoters, Ducan found himself on top of the scoreboard, finishing ahead of Italy’s Mahmood and Russian pop star, Sergey Lazarev. Jury and televotes rankings are announced separately since 2016 to make the voting more exciting.
Duncan scored 237 points with the juries, coming in 3rd while the televoters awarded him the second highest amount of points, 261. As a result, Ducan’s victory means the Eurovision Song Contest is heading back to the Netherlands next year. A victory, long overdue.
The Netherlands have been waiting very long for this victory. They won over 4 decades ago, in 1975. In that period of time, the Dutch have fallen in and out of love with the competition and only recently re-discovered how much they really love Eurovision.
From Eurovision failure to success in one decade.
In 2014, a duo called the Common Linnets, consisting of two major Dutch Stars (Ilse Delange and Waylon) came incredibly close to winning but eventually had to give way to Austria’s’ Conchita Wurst. That same year, one part of the duo, Ilse Delange, discovered Ducan Laurence during the fifth season of The Voice of Holland, where she was a coach. Her involvement in the team this year must have felt insanely good and a little
That unexpected second place in 2014 was a huge milestone in the Netherlands finding its love for Eurovision Back.
Focus on the song
It was the popular Dutch singer Anouk however who paved the way in 2013. Prior Dutch interest in the contest was in major decline after the country had failed to qualify for the grand final consecutively since 2005. After calling out the broadcaster and putting herself forward, opinion about Eurovision started shifting. Anouk’s melancholic, cinematic ballad Birds came as fresh air and paved the way to a steadily increasing interest from the Dutch in the contest. A place in the final and a top ten result, saw AVRO-TROS change its attitude. Choose internally and brief the representative with one sole purpose; focus on delivering a good song. Since shifting their focus has been a success, with 6 qualifications in a row . This year they hit the jackpot.
Dutch broadcaster AVROTROS will now take over the reins of Israeli broadcaster Kan, and therefore work on organising the 2020 edition next year. Several cities have already announced their interest in hosting. The broadcaster has confirmed however that it will join forces with 2 other broadcasters, NOS and NPO, in order to make the 2020 song contest another successful edition.
Congratulations to the Netherlands and Duncan Laurence. Watch his winning performance below.