Belgium were one of my favourites in 2013’s contest in Malmö. While Netherlands might have had the claim for “Underdog of the show”, it’s been no picnic for Belgium over the last decade. Roberto Bellarosa’s mid-table finish with “Love Kills” was a rare qualifier for one of Eurovision’s founding nations.
One of the last to decide on their participants, doing so at the end of a long audition process, with a national final making the final decision. The Belgians settled on the big-voiced Axel Hirsoux, with an ode to his beloved mother, and perhaps taking one of the bigger gambles of this year’s contest.
Not that there’s anything risky about Axel particularly, it’s clear that this vocal talents stand apart from many representatives this year. It’s more the overblown theatre of the song itself that will either hit or miss.
The sentiment itself is a popular one to appeal to of course, and for some reason I wonder if it will get more support in the East than the West – don’t ask me why, maybe it’s just because it feels more like a song they might send to Eurovision. It certainly got guest panelist Ruslana stoked up.
It’ll make an impression at least, even if it turns into a bit of a screamathon in places (and I hope they get rid of the mother reaching out like a Dementor at the end). No idea if this will pay off, but I’ll be very interested to see.
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