ESCountdown 2019: #14 – “Arcade” by Duncan Laurence, The Netherlands

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IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN! Welcome to my ESCountdown 2019, presented by eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica! Between April 7 and May 10, I will countdown my picks of the entries in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019! There are 41 countries participating this year, and we’ll bring you each and every entry from them all!

Last year, when we first launched our ESC coverage, I did the songs in random order. This year, I’m changing things up a bit. Due to copyright issues with the way I did my TKR videos on YouTube, my ESC show last year never made it to public consumption. So this year, rather than just cover the songs, I’m bringing you all the info on each song this year ranked in order of my personal preference from bottom to top. I’ll give the reasons for my personal rankings, and some background info on the song, artist, songwriters, and such.  Again, these are MY opinions, and I realize that the ESC fan community is a rabid one, and rarely everyone agrees with everyone else, so as they say, your mileage may vary.

In at #14 on my countdown this year is the official entry from The Netherlands, “Arcade” by Duncan Laurence, written by Ester Duncan de Moor, Joel Sjöö, and Wouter Hardy. The song is performed in English, and will be performed 16th at the second semi final on May 16th.

Duncan Laurence, given last name De Moor, has been singing and writing songs since his teenage days, and was featured on the fifth season of Holland’s “Voice” franchise.

OK, I like this song a lot….BUT…I don’t get the HUGE and utterly RABID fan backing the song has. Yes, it’s a terrific song, and Laurence, with his silky, high tenor Sam Smith-like voice, makes this powerful song about a broken love really stand out. But many longtime ESC fans have it pegged as the likely winner of the 2019 contest, and I just don’t see it making it that far. Top five, possibly, top ten more likely, but winning? My gut tells me no. Also, the video, while stylish and beautiful, doesn’t really fit the song – I assume it’s supposed to be a metaphor of something…but what, I’m not quite sure.  Hey, I could be wrong…and have been before….heh heh…

The Netherlands are one of the founders of EuroVision, although they have missed a few years here and there. They have been a part of the contest 59 times. They’ve landed the Grand Final championship four times, all in the first twenty years of the contest – in 1957 with “Net als toen” by Corry Brokken; in 1959 with “m Beetje” by Teddy Scholten; in 1969 with “De troubadour” by Lenny Kuhr in a four way tie that also included the UK, Spain, and France; and in 1975 with the goofy and irresistable “Ding-A-Dong” by Teach In. Since the semi-finals were introduced in 2004, they have made the Grand Final six times, including last year. They’ve also had their share of last place wins, including two “nul” points years in 1962 and 1963.

Check out the video..and if you can explain how it relates to the song, drop me a line….

Join eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica each day through this year’s finals on May 18 – be sure to check each site, because some of the features will be exclusive to just one of the sites! My daily song countdown will appear on all three sites, with some additional material coming to both Planet BM and TKR in the days and weeks’  ahead. I missed a few days due to personal issues, so I’m playing catch-up now, and will have two or three entries per day with my #1 pick being revealed on Sunday May 12.

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