Anxious announcements from Eurovision: winner Duncan Laurence gave a positive corona test and won’t appear in the final.
Duncan Laurence, who won Eurovision in 2019, was scheduled to perform in the grand final of Eurovision on Saturday, May 22, but now his team confirms that Laurence has given a positive corona test. Due to the seven-day isolation requirement, he will not be able to physically perform in the finals, but according to the team, he should still participate in the event in a different format, according to the official Eurovision website.
Last Monday, Duncan gave a negative corona test in the Eurovision test pavilion, which is why he was able to perform in the first semi-final of Eurovision. Yesterday, Wednesday, the singer showed mild symptoms and, unfortunately, showed a positive result from the corona rays.
“Of course we are very disappointed. Duncan deserves a live performance in the Eurovision final after the 2019 victory,” comments lead producer Sietse Bakker. “At the same time, we are very proud of his opening appearance in the first semi-final. We wish him a speedy recovery.”
“Duncan is very disappointed because he has been waiting for all this for two years. We are very happy, at least, that he will be able to attend the event in another format,” says the singer’s team.
As many know, this year’s Eurovision Song Contest has been accompanied by very harsh corona measures. The negative corona test for all persons in the Eurovision venue must not be older than 48 hours.
Since April 6, when preparations for the Ahoy arena began, nearly 24,400 tests have been performed so far among artists, teams and delegations. Only 16 of them have given a positive result.