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๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Duncan Laurence tests positive for COVID-19

Duncan won't perform live in the final

EBU reports that the most recent Eurovision winner Duncan Laurence has tested positive for COVID-19 and won’t perform live from Ahoy on Saturday’s grand final.

Duncan Laurence was scheduled to perform during Saturdayโ€™s Grand Final but will not be able to perform live in the Ahoy venue in Rotterdam, but will still feature in the show in a different form.

Last Monday, Duncan tested negative in the Eurovision Test Pavilion, which granted him access to the venue for his performance in the first Semi-Final. On Wednesday, he showed mild symptoms and then unfortunately delivered a positive result in a rapid antigen test.

We are of course disappointed, first of all for Duncan, who deserves a live performance on our very own Eurovision stage after his 2019 victory and the worldwide success of Arcade. We couldnโ€™t be more proud of his opening act for the first Semi-Final. Of course we wish Duncan a speedy recovery!

Sietse Bakker, Executive Producer

A strict COVID-19 health and safety protocol is being applied at this yearโ€™s Eurovision Song Contest. All those working within the perimeter of the venue must be in possession of a negative COVID-19 test, not older than 48 hours.

Yesterday it was reported that Jรณhann Sigurรฐur, a member of Iceland’s representative Gagnamagniรฐ, tested positive for COVID-19 and therefore Iceland will use a recording from their second rehearsal for tonight’s semifinal and the final, in case they qualify.

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