Netherlands | Duncan Laurence brings his 'Arcade' to First Rehearsal
Welcome back to Eurovoxx's coverage of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 rehearsals! We're already at day four which means today we will see the first rehearsals of all nine countries which drew second half of the second semi final - including the two current favourites to win! Join us all day on our YouTube channel, website & other social media for the latest updates and video content.
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The next country to rehearse is the current Bookies favourite to win - the Netherlands! Since his song 'Arcade' was released back in March, Duncan Laurence has seen an amazing response from both fans and critics who have had his song as the favourite to win ever since. There is no doubt this adds to the pressure on Duncan to perform as he represents his country - but how will he fare in his first rehearsal?
Duncan Laurence's first prominence came from his appearance on the fifth season of The Voice of Holland - famously won by 2017 representatives O'G3NE. His other Eurovision connection is being on Team Ilse DeLange - who of course made up one of The Common Linnets who came 2nd to Conchita back in 2014. It was actually Ilse that heard the song 'Arcade' and sent it to the broadcaster for consideration - she clearly has an ear for exceptional talent!
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NETHERLANDS - FIRST REHEARSAL
The one everybody's been waiting for! It starts with a far shot which then slowly zooms in to Duncan who is sat at a piano. The lighting colours resemble dark water - dark blues, blacks and bits of purple. For the lead in to the first chorus Duncan is playing the piano and the camera is zoomed in and then for the chorus everything turns blue.
There are numerous audience shots, suggesting that there'll be some crowd interaction - perhaps mobile phone lights - and also a big white orb that is hanging from above. The choice of having really simplistic staging is really effective with the song. It's an intimate setting and the performance is really stripped back. The last run-through also saw bursts of lasers towards the end of the song which really shows the beauty of the underwater, dark theme.
The Netherland's second rehearsal will take place on Saturday 11th May and they will be performing sixteenth in the second semi final on Thursday 16th May.
Will you be supporting the Netherlands at this years Eurovision? Let us know in the comments below your thoughts on Duncan Laurence's first rehearsal.