Tel Aviv 2019

The Netherlands: Duncan Laurence to represent the country in Tel Aviv

Ilse DeLange helped to pick the song

Singer-songwriter Duncan Laurence will represent the Netherlands at the 64th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv.

Who is Duncan Laurence?

24-year-old singer-songwriter Duncan Laurence graduated from the Fontys Rock Academy in Tilburg last year. He developed there as a singer, songwriter and producer and during his studies he also gained experience in London and Stockholm.

He has also taken part in The Voice of Holland in 2014. He was in Ilse DeLange’s team and was eliminated just before the final. Ilse was also the one who told AVROTROS about the song they have chosen to represent the country in 2019.

In recent years The Netherlands have sent well-known artists to Eurovision. Duncan Laurence hasn’t release any music yet, making Eurovision his big break-through.

The past few years, the Netherlands have sent A-listed artists, those with big names. I’m not a big name, but that’s a good thing. There are many young musical talents here. My participation proves that you could get the chance to perform on such a big stage to show what you’re worth. I’m very proud that I’m going to represent The Netherlands and will give it my all.

Duncan Laurence

The Netherlands in Eurovision 2019

As in recent years, the broadcaster AVROTROS has chosen their artist internally. Ilse DeLange, who represented The Netherlands in 2014, was part of the selection committee this year.

Duncan is very special. What he writes, is really international. It’s so authentic. It touches everything, I feel. On top of that, he has the personality that belongs to such a big adventure. His priority is always the music.

Ilse DeLange

All details about the Dutch entry will be announced on Thursday, March 7th.

What do you think about the choice? Let us know on social media @ESCXTRA!

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