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The Netherlands NETHERLANDS 2020 - Jeangu Macrooy - Grow

How do you rate this entry?

  • 12

    22 19.3%
  • 10

    7 6.1%
  • 8

    9 7.9%
  • 7

    9 7.9%
  • 6

    15 13.2%
  • 5

    15 13.2%
  • 4

    10 8.8%
  • 3

    7 6.1%
  • 2

    9 7.9%
  • 1

    2 1.8%
  • 0

    9 7.9%

  • Total voters
    114

escYOUnited

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theCONWEL

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So soulful and warming xheart I really like this! 7 points for now with real potential to grow :mrgreen:
 

RainyWoods

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This from the very first listen becomes my favourite Dutch entry since I've been following the contest in the mid 00s. After the evening I've had it's hit me quite hard. Grow is a really honest song. Jeangu's voice is absolutely gorgeous and you feel every word. It builds wonderfully with that organ. Around the middle when those synths come in is the peak for me. The ending is the release that perhaps I need to learn to let go with, cause I'd with all honesty prefer to stay stuck swimming in that bittersweet swirl of sound that comes before the joyous gospel. That's a me problem though, not the fault of the song. The Netherlands have such a beautiful thing here. It really feels special. Bravo.

10 points from me.
 

crashworld

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As expected, typical host country entry. He got a great and soulful voice but the song never quite peak and doesn't seem to go anywhere. I am giving this a 5 for the effort and of course, one of the better quality ballads out there, but that doesn't necessary means I like it.
 

Mrm

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Everything is just beautiful and touching with this song. It stands on its own so well. xheart

The hosts can be proud of their entry!
I still see only 9 X 12 in the poll like before your comment.. IOTAPIOTAPIOTAPIOTAPIOTAP

:lol:
 

Kitakaze

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Love the beautiful gospel and sincerity. Message so relatable too. Pity it seems to end abruptly just as it really gets going but that was probably the intention. This feels like what the BBC tried to do this year but the Netherlands eclipsed them with again. No doubt another likely contender for jury favourite but I fear the average viewer will overlook it.
 

ayzelto

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Imo, in a year with lots of interesting song choices, this just gets lots for me. As opposed to what I have read, and without being super bad, this is easily one of the worst songs of the season. 4 points from me.
 

Mainshow

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I seriously don't know how to rank it. It's a quality song with some interesting lyrics and it is wholeheartedly very intimate. Duncan's song was also very intimate but more memorable, fragile and it had the "Let's sing it together in an arena" chorus.
"Grow" lacks a climax. Musically, it's not interesting enough to me. It sounds more like a closing track on a personal album than a competitive single or Eurovision entry. I admire the Netherlands for thinking out of the box again but the lack of almost any arrangement in the first 1:30 minutes as well as his very soft voice make it less enjoyable to me... I really tried to like this but for now, it's a :5: from me.
 
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mauve

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I seriously don't know how to rank it. It's a quality song with some interesting lyrics and it is wholeheartedly very intimate. Duncan's song was also very intimate but more memorable, fragile and it had the "Let's sing it together in an arena" chorus.
"Grow" lacks a climax. Musically, it's not interesting enough to me. It sounds more like a closing track on a personal album than a competitive single or Eurovision entry. I admire the Netherlands for thinking out of the box again but the lack of almost any arrangement in the first 1:30 minutes as well as his very soft voice make it less enjoyable to me... I really tried to like this but for now, it's a :5: from me.
Exactly how I feel. The song is warm, it fels very personal, but I still can't warm up for it. Maybe it takes a few more listenings? But as you said it lacks of a climax (even though a song doesn't need it constantly tbh, but here it would have given the song more color). For now I give it a :6:. It may change, let's see.
 

ESCREGION

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Trying to find sth that i like on this but nope
:2: points
 

grazy2266

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What a lovely song, I think this will do well with the Juries and the staging could make this an amazing 3 mins of tv pleasure. I don't expect it will do so well in the televote but certainly, don't see this doing badly at all on the scoreboard.
 

cassio

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It can't stop there why is it ending like this ..... I want more a least a 6 min. version
 
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