EBU released a statement that winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 Duncan Laurence was positive for COVID-19.He was scheduled to perform live during Saturday’s Grand Final and his management and the Host Broadcaster have confirmed. Duncan has mild symptoms. Due to health and safety to others starts 7 day minimum isolation period and Duncan won’t be able to perform live in the Ahoy venue in Rotterdam but will still feature in the show in a different form.
Last Monday, Duncan tested negative in the Eurovision Test Pavilion which granted him access to the venue for his performance in the 1st Semi-Final. On Tuesday when Semi Final 1 was happening he opened the show with song ”Feel Something”.
On Wednesday he showed mild symptoms and then unfortunately delivered a positive result in a rapid antigen test.
On a special touching post to his followers, the Dutch singer responded the news saying:
“Today is one of the saddest days of my life. Not being able to walk onto that stage Saturday, perform live for you, feel the audience and celebrate this beautiful moment together…remembering where it all started and showing you where I’m taking my musical journey next. I’ve never felt this powerless before. I’ve been so careful. We’ve all been so careful, but unfortunately things like this can still happen. Luckily, both Eurovision and my team are looking for the best way for me to still feature in Saturday’s show! So I definitely will still be part of the Grand Finals after all. I’m so thankful for the amazing moments I’ve had this week. Last Tuesday opening the show was a dream come true and then receiving the global award for ‘Arcade’, I couldn’t stop smiling! How bizar to now sit here and be full of tears. Eurovision, you’ll always be in my heart. Forever. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll be able to come back and perform again on that stage in real life. I’m beyond grateful for everything it has brought me so far. Thanks so much for all the love and support that has poured over me since the news was out. It means more than you know. I want to wish all the contestants and the whole Eurovision family a lot of success for the remainder of this week! So proud that The Netherlands is hosting such a great show. It’s sad I have to watch it all from my living room now but in my heart I’m there, on that stage, where it all started…“
Sietse Bakker, Executive Producer, said:
“We are of course disappointed, first of all for Duncan, who deserves a live performance on our very own Eurovision stage after his 2019 victory and the worldwide success of Arcade. We couldn’t be more proud of his opening act for the first Semi-Final. Of course we wish Duncan a speedy recovery!”
Duncan management said:
“Duncan is very disappointed, he has been looking forward to this for two years. We are very happy that he will still be seen in the final on Saturday, May 22,”.
A strict COVID-19 health and safety protocol is being applied at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. All those working within the perimeter of the venue must be in possession of a negative COVID-19 test, not older than 48 hours.
Since 6 April, when the load-in started in Ahoy, over 24,400 tests have been conducted amongst crew, volunteers, artists, delegation members and press. Only 16 of those (0.06%) have returned positive results. In most cases, they were from people who hadn’t previously been to the venue, or who hadn’t been there recently. To date, no infections have been conclusively traced back to the venue.
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