Duncan Laurence will represent the Netherlands at Eurovision 2019. Find out more about the Dutch singer with our 10 Things About…Duncan Laurence!
1. Duncan de Moor was born 11 April 1994, is a Dutch singer and goes by his professional name Duncan Laurence.
2. Duncan didn’t have an easy time growing up. He was bullied a lot and often felt unable to defend himself. Music became his safe haven: a place where he could feel secure and allow his emotions run free.
3. When he was sixteen, he entered and won a talent show and which gave him the opportunity to record his first demo.
4. Duncan comments on his affinity with music from a young age,
‘I grew up in a town where music was a stranger. Music had no part in the regular school system. But that couldn’t keep me from making music. Somehow I was drawn to its magical ways to express myself and tell my own story. We had a small local theatre and an old music school. I played the piano every single day, wrote my own songs and poems. I remember that time as if it was yesterday. I was certain: I was going to be a musician’.
5. His passion for music became more serious and he enrolled in the Rock Academy in Tilburg. He played in a number of school bands and it allowed him to travel and visit London and Stockholm. He graduated from the school in 2017.
6. He participated in the fifth season of The Voice of Holland. He performed the Ed Sheeran song ‘Sing’ in the blind auditions. Three judges turned for him and he joined the team of Common Linnets front woman and Eurovision 2014 runner up Ilse DeLange. From here he made it through the battle round and the clashes, but was eliminated in the semi finals. The season was won by the Eurovision 2017 group O’G3NE.
7. Duncan, along with Jihad Rahmouni, wrote the song ‘Closer’ which featured on the K-pop duo TVXQ’s 2018 album ‘New Chapter #1: The Chance of Love’.
8. On 21 January, the Dutch broadcaster AVROTROS announced that they had chosen Duncan as their act for Eurovision 2019, having selected him through an internal selection process. It was later announced that he would sing the song ‘Arcade’ in Tel Aviv.
9. Duncan remarks that,
”Arcade’ was inspired by the story of someone I loved deeply, who died at a young age. The words, chords and melodies came to me automatically as if they fell from the sky. When Joel Sjöö and Wouter Hardy helped me finish the song it got a much larger scope. It changed from a very personal story to a story that everyone can connect to. ‘Arcade’ is a song about longing… longing for love… longing for something that seems out of reach. And it speaks of hope. Hope, that you will find what you need in life’.
10. The song has charted in the Dutch Singles Chart, peaking at number 10. It has also become the early favourite to win the Eurovision Song Contest with odds of 12/5.