The Netherlands’ Eurovision 2020 Entry

The Netherlands are hosting Eurovision for the first time in 44 years, and they have asked Jeangu Macrooy to defend their crown.

Jeangru Macrooy is a singer from Suriname who made his name in The Netherlands with his first single “Gold,” which was featured in an advertisement for HBO. Jeangru performed it at TEDxMaastricht in 2016 and it is fantastic. He wrote his song for Europe “Grow” with his longtime collaborator Perquisite.

So, nothing says Eurovision a song about how it sucks to get older, right? If you’re in the market for a song about that, The Roop already have you covered. Maybe we’re just hurt that “Grow” cuts a little close to home when Jeangu and his backing vocalists sing, “The more I learn, the less I know.” That has been our motto when making Eurovision predictions on this site for the past decade.

As for the song itself, we like the bare vocal with the quiet organ underneath to start the song, and how each bar adds a bit more to build “Grow” up. It’s like the song itself is growing, which is pretty cool. And Jeangu is a commanding presence when he performs (which is why we’re linking above to his live performance on DWDD instead of the official video).

It’s a likable song with a meditative story to tell, but we’re not sure its amiability will translate to back-to-back wins for the host country. We see “Grow” as more of a summation of a seven year journey for The Netherlands, that started with Anouk’s “Birds” in 2013 and culminated with Duncan Laurence’s win last year with “Arcade.” They rethought their participation and found success by just offering up quality. They’ve grown as a Eurovision power and we hope their success continues.

One thought on “The Netherlands’ Eurovision 2020 Entry”

  1. “The more I learn, the less I know”? Come on, now, Netherlands, that is almost a direct quote from “Snow ((Hey Oh))” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers (which has the repeated line “the more I *see* the less I know”), and that song is 14 years old by this point. That’s going way back even by Eurovision standards.

    More seriously, this is not the cloth that Eurovision winners are cut from, if only because it takes way too long to get going. Unless you’re “Amar pelos dois”, your song needs something going on in it to win. (Yes, I still don’t get that one even three years later. Sue me.)

    But that remark about the Netherlands’ fortunes is interesting, because I was thinking about that just the other day. Going from eight consecutive DNQ’s (2005-2012) to just one since (in 2015), while managing three top 10 results (and two 11th places) from 2013 to 2019 is really quite impressive, and I can’t think of any other country that turned its fortunes around this drastically. Here’s hoping a few other countries (oh, hello there, Germany, Spain and the UK, didn’t see you there!) might learn a trick or two here.

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