Congratulations to Dutch Eurovision contestant Duncan Laurence, who was the winner of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest with “Arcade”.
I was already up to date with the Dutch entry before the final, as my 9 year old liked the song and had played it a few times. (#teamduncan!) Both my 9 & 11 year old girls wanted to stay up and watch the whole thing but it went until 1am…. so they’ll get the exciting news when they wake up.
You’ll see that my husband quipped in my previous post on 2019 Eurovision that “he’d like to have a beer with Duncan” – and I imagine he may have had a few to celebrate last night!
As the winner, The Netherlands is now set to host Eurovision 2020. Curious where it will be hosted. My girls will want to go. The bulk of the cost is apparently supported by commercial sponsors and contributions from participating nations.
The Netherlands has not won the competition since 1975. They won in 1957 and therefore hosted in 1958 but declined to host in 1960 when they won again in 1959, due to expense. The Hague was the host in 1980 when Isreal declined.
The Eurovision Song Contest is organised by the European Broadcasting Union, which represents 117 member organisations in 56 countries and an additional 34 Associates in Asia, Africa, Australasia and the Americas.
Australia joined the competition in 2015 for the first time. This year, they placed in the top 10, with Katie Miller-Heidke’s “Zero Gravity” coming in 9th. It had already been decided in advance that if Australia wins Eurovision, they will not host the following year but choose another more central European location.
I enjoyed following Tweets through the show @buffiduberman is an English coach who worked with Duncan:
And Duncan’s own account:
For more, visit:
Wikipedia is also an interesting read:
So here’s to #eurovision2020