Duncan Laurence

EUROVISION SONG CONTEST 2019: NETHERLANDS – ‘Arcade’ by Duncan Laurence

Eurovision 2019 – Netherlands

by Christopher Smith

The Dutch song is called ‘Arcade and is performed by Duncan Laurence.

ARTIST

Duncan de Moor is professionally known as Duncan Laurence and is a Dutch singer who will represent the Netherlands at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel with the song “Arcade”.

Laurence started his musical career at the Rock Academy in Tilburg, playing in a number of school bands. He graduated from the school in 2017. He participated in the fifth season of The Voice of Holland, under the coaching of Ilse DeLange. He, with Jihad Rahmouni, wrote the song “Closer” on K-pop duo TVXQ’s 2018 album “New Chapter #1: The Chance of Love”.

He co-wrote “Arcade” with Joel Sjoo and Wouter Hardy.

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LIVE PERFORMANCE:

OPINIONS

Steve

I like it but I’m struggling to see why it’s the favourite to win to be honest. Yes, it’s a nice ballad sung well by a handsome man but I really don’t like my Eurovision winners to send me to sleep.

Chris

The Netherlands have come up with some cracking songs in recent years (“Calm After The Storm” for one) and “Arcade” is a quiet yet powerful ‘epic’. Again, as with many songs this year, it’s very stripped back and bare, relying on clapping for the most part as it’s only ‘music’ together with a dusting of angelic “ahh’s”.

PREDICTIONS

Steve

This will qualify and will finish up top 5 and it might even just take the trophy home!

Chris

Like The Common Linnetts before him, I think this is going to do really well. Definitely top ten and very possibly top five!

RESULT:

Well, it won!

LYRICS:

“Ooh-ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh
Ooh-ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh

A broken heart is all that’s left
I’m still fixing all the cracks
Lost a couple of pieces when
I carried it, carried it, carried it home
I’m afraid of all I am
My mind feels like a foreign land
Silence ringing inside my head
Please, carry me, carry me, carry me home

I spent all of the love I’ve saved
We were always a losing game
Small-town boy in a big arcade
I got addicted to a losing game

Oh-oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh-oh
All I know, all I know
Loving you is a losing game

How many pennies in the slot?
Giving us up didn’t take a lot
I saw the end ‘fore it begun
Still I carried, I carried, I carried on

Oh-oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh-oh
All I know, all I know
Loving you is a losing game
Oh-oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh-oh
All I know, all I know
Loving you is a losing game

I don’t need your games, game over
Get me off this rollercoaster

Oh-oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh-oh
All I know, all I know
Loving you is a losing game
Oh-oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh-oh
All I know, all I know
Loving you is a losing game

Ooh-ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh
Ooh-ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh”

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