Belgium has determined for Eurovision 2021 — and it’s Hooverphonic! Following an settlement between the Dutch-language broadcaster VRT and its French-language counterpart RTBF, the ambient-alternative-electronica band will postpone their involvement in Eurovision and take up the reigns when the competition resumes subsequent yr.
Lots of you’ll be conversant in the Belgian Eurovision system, however let’s evaluation anyway. Belgium is a rustic the place each Dutch and French are spoken, so the candidate is alternately chosen by RTBF (the French-language broadcaster) and VRT (the Dutch-language broadcaster). In 2020, it was VRT’s flip to decide on an act for Eurovision, and so they gave the honour to the band Hooverphonic with their music “Launch Me”.
However following the outbreak of the coronavirus, Eurovision isn’t occurring. RTBF was speculated to ship an act for Eurovision 2021, however after session between the 2 broadcasters, RTBF have agreed to offer their flip to VRT to permit Hooverphonic to complete the venture they began. The French-language broadcaster will then select the act for the next yr.
In a press launch, the broadcasters clarified their choice. Broadcaster RTBF considers it a logical choice. Olivier Goris from VRT One says: “The cancellation of the Eurovision Music Contest is a pity to everybody, but it surely was additionally an comprehensible and proper choice. It solely reveals what distinctive and troublesome instances we’re experiencing. We’re very grateful to our colleagues at RTBF for being prepared to proceed with the VRT entry subsequent yr. Hooverphonic will due to this fact go to the Eurovision Music Contest 2021 for VRT! As deliberate, however then a yr later.”
Hooverphonic at Eurovision 2021
Hooverphonic’s band members Alex, Raymond and Luka are very enthusiastic: “It’s nice that we have now obtained the affirmation that we will go to the Eurovision Music Contest subsequent yr this quick. We’re nonetheless very a lot trying ahead it. We at the moment are going to take the time to see how we’re making ready for Might subsequent yr.”
Chatting with Belgian website Songfestival.be, Alex Callier – Hooverphonic’s entrance man – mentioned he’s completely happy to ship a brand new music to Eurovision. He mentioned that “Launch Me” can be thought of “outdated information”.
“Subsequent yr I’ll select a terrific music once more. With or with out raise — I don’t care. I can think about that we now want a contented and up-tempo music. I could write one thing like that, however it’s too early to say something about it.”
The EBU remains to be working with Rotterdam and NPO / NOS / AVROTROS to see whether or not the Eurovision Music Contest can happen in Rotterdam subsequent yr. Nevertheless, it’s determined that each one international locations need to ship a brand new music for Eurovision 2021.
Are you content that Hooverphonic will symbolize Belgium once more? Do you assume they’ll ship a extra up-tempo music? Tell us within the remark part down under!
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