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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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!