Duncan Laurence

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Duncan Laurence
Duncan Laurence with the 2019 Eurovision Trophy (cropped).jpg
Laurence in 2019
Background information
Birth nameDuncan de Moor
Born (1994-04-11) 11 April 1994 (age 25)[1]
Spijkenisse, Netherlands
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • piano
Years active2014–present

Duncan de Moor (born 11 April 1994), professionally known as Duncan Laurence, is a Dutch singer-songwriter. He began his music career in 2014 and became a semi-finalist in the fifth season of The Voice of Holland. Laurence represented the Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 with the song "Arcade" and went on to win the competition.[2][3]

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Spijkenisse, Laurence grew up in Hellevoetsluis. He started his musical career at the Rock Academy in Tilburg, playing in a number of school bands,[1] including his own, The Slick and Suited. Formed in 2013, the band went on to perform at Eurosonic Noorderslag.[4][5]

2014–18: The Voice of Holland[edit]

He participated in the fifth season of The Voice of Holland, choosing Ilse DeLange as his coach. He advanced to the Cross Battles/Semi Finals before being eliminated.[6] He graduated from the Rock Academy in 2017.[7] He, with Jihad Rahmouni, wrote the song "Closer" on K-pop duo TVXQ's 2018 album New Chapter #1: The Chance of Love.[8]

2019: Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

In January 2019, Laurence was selected to represent the Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. His song "Arcade" was first revealed in March 2019. On 18 May 2019, Duncan Laurence won the event in Tel Aviv, Israel with 492 points from 41 international juries and the public vote. The juries gave him 231 points, while the public Vote gave him 261 points. He finished 27 points ahead of Italy and 123 points ahead of Russia, the two runners-up. He is the fifth Dutch entrant to ever win the competition, and the first since Teach-In won the Eurovision Song Contest 1975 with the song "Ding-a-dong".[9]

Personal life[edit]

As stated on his personal Instagram in October 2018, Laurence came out as bisexual "A couple of years ago".[10] In a press conference shortly before the Eurovision final, Laurence affirmed his sexuality: "I am more than just an artist, I am a person, I am a living being, I'm bisexual, I'm a musician, I stand for things. And I'm proud that I get the chance to show what I am, who I am."[11]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart
positions
Certifications Album
NLD
Top
40

[12]
NLD
Top
100

[13]
BEL
(FL)
Tip

[14]
"Arcade" 2019 1 7 7 Non-album single

Guest appearances[edit]

Title Year Other performer(s) Album
"Laat Gaan"[16] 2017 Sjors Van Der Panne Met Elkaar

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result
2019 Eurovision Song Contest Marcel Bezençon Awards – Press Award[17] Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Who is The Netherlands 2019 Eurovision entrant Duncan Laurence?". Metro. 16 May 2019. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  2. ^ Groot, Evert (21 January 2019). "Duncan Laurence will represent The Netherlands this year". eurovision.tv.
  3. ^ "The Netherlands: Duncan Laurence To Sing 'Arcade' In Tel Aviv".
  4. ^ "VestingPop | Duncan Laurence". VestingPop. Retrieved 2019-01-21.
  5. ^ Duncan de Moor (2014-06-15). "The Slick and Suited". Archived from the original on 2014-06-15. Retrieved 2019-01-21.
  6. ^ Popescu, David (21 January 2019). "Netherlands: Duncan Laurence on his way to Tel-Aviv!". escunited.com.
  7. ^ "Duncan Laurence Information - meet the Dutch star". Radio Times. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  8. ^ Koeleman, Danja (21 January 2019). "Duncan Laurence naar Songfestival: Wie is de 24-jarige zanger?". nu.nl (in Dutch).
  9. ^ "Eurovision 2019: Netherlands wins song contest". BBC News. 19 May 2019.
  10. ^ https://www.instagram.com/p/BpPKG_lit5i/
  11. ^ Moore, Matt (18 May 2019). "Dutch Eurovision contestant Duncan Laurence comes out as bisexual". Gay Times. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  12. ^ "Top 40-lijst van week 20, 2019". top40.nl. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  13. ^ "Discografie Duncan Laurence". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  14. ^ "Discografie Duncan Laurence". Ultratop. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  15. ^ "Dutch single certifications – Duncan Laurence – Arcade" (in Dutch). NVPI. Retrieved 18 May 2019.
  16. ^ "Met Elkaar by Sjors Van Der Panne". iTunes. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  17. ^ "Here are the winners of the 2019 Marcel Bezençon Awards". eurovision.tv. Retrieved 20 May 2019.

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Waylon
with "Outlaw in 'Em"
Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest
2019
Incumbent
Preceded by
Israel Netta Barzilai
with "Toy"
Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest
2019
Incumbent