Saturday 11 July 2020

Dutch pin their Eurovision hopes on gospel ballad ‘Grow’

The Netherlands’ entry for this year’s Eurovision Song Festival is being described variously as ‘not a traditional song contest entry’, ‘a gospel song’ and as having the ‘zap away factor’ since it was accidently leaked on Wednesday morning.

Grow, the song by Jeangu Macrooy was formally presented during the DWDD talk show early on Wednesday evening but was put on Apple’s streaming service by mistake on Wednesday morning for a short while.

Emotions, good and bad, are a universal language. I hope this song makes people feel a little less lonely in their search for happiness,’ Jeangu said.

The Netherlands is hosting the festival in May, after Duncan Laurence won last year with Arcade.

‘Normally the host country submits a weaker song so they don’t win two years in a row,’ song festival expert Michiel Sampon told RTL Nieuws. ‘I think that [broadcaster] Avrotros runs a minor risk that this might just happen.’

Nevertheless, one worry is the slow start to the song, Sampon said. ‘It is a difficult sort of music and you have to listen to the end.’

Thank you for donating to DutchNews.nl

The DutchNews.nl team would like to thank all the generous readers who have made a donation in recent weeks. Your financial support has helped us to expand our coverage of the coronavirus crisis into the evenings and weekends and make sure you are kept up to date with the latest developments.

DutchNews.nl has been free for 14 years, but without the financial backing of our readers, we would not be able to provide you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch. Your contributions make this possible.

If you have not yet made a donation, but would like to, you can do so via Ideal, credit card or Paypal.