Arcade

Album: Single release only (2019)
Charted: 67
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  • Duncan de Moor is a Dutch singer-songwriter who records under the name of Duncan Laurence. He began his music career in 2014 and that same year was a semifinalist in the reality singing competition The Voice of Holland.

    Laurence was selected in January 2019 as the Dutch entrant at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. The song he was chosen to sing, "Arcade" was released on March 7, 2019.
  • The song, which Laurence wrote with Joel Sjöö and Wouter Hardy, uses a games arcade as a metaphor for the search for love.

    I spent all of the love I've saved
    We were always a losing game
    Small-town boy in a big arcade
    I got addicted to a losing game


    Laurence compares his attempts to find the love of his life to continually losing money playing the arcade games. He explained: "It's about the hope to reach something that seems unreachable."
  • "Arcade" won the 2019 Eurovision Contest with 498 points. Laurence's win marked the first time the Netherlands had won the contest since 1975 when the group Teach-In claimed victory with "Ding-a-Dong." Other Dutch winners were: "Net Als Toen" by Corry Brokken (1957), "Een Beetje" by Teddy Scholten (1959) and "De Troubadour" by Lenny Kuhr (in a four-way tie in 1969).
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