The Netherlands has become the latest country to announce their representative for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest – Duncan Laurence.
Duncan is best known for his appearance on the fifth season of The Voice of Holland back in 2014. He became part of team Ilse de Lange (The Common Linnets) after his blind audition and made it all the way to the semi-finals of the competition.
We have yet to hear Duncan’s Eurovision song, however, if The Netherlands stick to recent form then we know the song will be one of our favourites in the contest. The song will be released on 7 March.
You can watch Duncan Laurence performing below:
The Netherlands certainly know how to win Eurovision having taken home the crown on four occasions, however, it has been over forty years since they achieved these wins. In recent years, the closest they have come to winning was in 2014 when The Common Linnets finished in second place with their song “Calm After The Storm”. The country will be hoping Duncan will reach the top of the leaderboard in Tel Aviv this May.
To do so, he will need to beat the other 41 countries and their representatives. Announced so far are Srbuk for Armenia, Tamta for Cyprus, Jonida Maliqi for Albania, Eliot for Belgium, Miki for Spain and Serhat for San Marino. The other countries are expected to reveal their acts in the forthcoming months.
The 2019 Eurovision Song Contest will be hosted at the Expo Tel Aviv in Israel after Netta won last year with the song “Toy”. The two Semi-Finals will take place on 14 May and 16 May with the Grand Final taking place on 18 May. A total of 42 countries will compete in the contest.