Dutch Eurovision star Duncan Laurence tests positive for COVID-19

After winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 2019, Duncan Laurence could finally look forward to a celebratory performance in Rotterdam at the 2021 final this Saturday. That was until he tested positive for coronavirus.

According to an official statement from the European Broadcasting Network (EBN) earlier today, the singer-songwriter will not be performing on Saturday but “will still feature in the show in a different form.”

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Rapid test revealed positive result

Before performing in Tuesday’s semi-final, Laurence did not have any symptoms and showed a negative result upon testing on Monday.

However, he began developing mild symptoms yesterday and decided to take a rapid antigen test. The positive test result was announced today.

Laurence’s management explains that he is “very disappointed” as he had “been looking forward [to performing] for two years.”

Host tests negative despite contact

One of the show’s hosts, Edsilia Rombley, was on stage with Laurence Tuesday. However, there is no contact between the hosts and artists prior to going on stage, reports RTL Nieuws.

After Laurence’s test result was announced, Rombley took a coronavirus test which came out negative. She will be continuously tested during the upcoming days.

Will you be watching Eurovision on Saturday? Tell us in the comments below!

Feature Image: Martin Fjellanger, EuroVisionary/Wikimedia Commons/CC4.0

Christine Stein Hededam 🇩🇰
A Dane with a special place in her heart for Minnesota, Christine is now falling in love with everything Dutch. Between finishing her bachelor’s degree, learning Dutch, and doing yoga teacher training, you will find her wandering about the Hague. Always up for visiting new places, she loves to explore the Netherlands with friends and takes pride in scoping out cute cafés (wherein to discuss books, big plans, and food).

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