Duncan Laurence

EUROVISION 2019: What Next – The Winner: Duncan Laurence

What next for this year’s Eurovision finalists?

The Netherlands: Duncan Laurence – THE WINNER!

by Christopher Smith

Last week, the bookies favourite, 25 year old Duncan Laurence won this year’s Eurovision Song Contest with his song “Arcade“. Though not the most popular with the jury vote, once the public votes had been cast, Laurence romped home comfortably with 498 votes to become the first Dutch winner of the contest for 44 years!

So what do we know about Duncan and where he came from and more over, where he’s going now? Well, he was born Duncan de Moor in Spijkenisse, South Holland in 1994. He became a semi-finalist in the fifth season of The Voice Of Holland in 2014. He graduated from Rock Academy in 2017 and the following year co-wrote the song “Closer” for K-Pop duo TVXQ.

He was selected in January 2019 to represent The Netherlands for the Eurovision Song Contest and co-wrote “Arcade” with songwriters Joel Sjöö, Wouter Hardy and Will Knox. The song has topped the Dutch singles chart, where it has been certified Platinum for sales of over 80,000 copies, as well as reaching the top ten across most of mainland Europe.

Duncan is taking to the road later this year, playing gigs across The Netherlands from October and throughout the rest of Europe in November and December. And it won’t be long, I’m sure, before we see a full album of Duncan’s vocal and piano skills gracing the charts, and very welcome it would be too!

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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!