With just over a month to go until the 61st Eurovision Song Contest we spoke to Laura Tesoro this years Belgian participant. We talked to her about how she got into music, her time as an actress and her hopes for the future after the Eurovision Song Contest.
Firstly, could you tell us a little bit more about yourself and how you got into music?
I’m 19 years old and love to sing, dance and act. I’ll be singing the up-tempo funk song called What’s the pressure. I was practically brought up on music: my parents were both musical artists so I was surrounded by music and acting. When I was 11, I starred in the musical Annie and after that I participated in the singing competition The voice, where I came in second. I also perform with my own band, which helped me to grow more. And now I get the chance to represent Belgium in the Eurovision!
Who are the influences in your music?
I am a big fan of pop music with a bit of funk and soul in it. My favourite artists are Michael Jackson, Bruno Mars, Stevie Wonder and Beyoncé.
You also acted in a Flemish crime drama and have performed in musicals – do you think your experience within these fields will help with your performance in Stockholm?
Yes, definitely. I think every experience allows you to learn more and to grow. I feel comfortable on stage– also thanks to my experience in The Voice.
You also appeared on Season 3 of the Flanders edition of “The Voice” in 2014, how was this experience for you?
It was amazing. I learned a lot and it was a great opportunity. My coach was a great teacher.
You will of course be singing “What’s the pressure” for Belgium at the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm. Could you tell us what the song is all about?
The message from the song is that sometimes, the world around you is so crazy, and you feel under a lot of pressure, but in the end you just have to stop worrying about stuff and do what makes you happy.
Do you have any favourite songs and artists from the history of the Eurovision Song Contest?
I love Euphoria by Loreen a lot. It was such a good song and an amazing act as well.
Have you got any plans once Eurovision has finished?
I will of course keep on singing. But I don’t have any concrete plans yet, I am focusing on Stockholm first and we’ll see about the rest after that.
And how would it feel to win the Eurovision trophy in Stockholm in May?
It would feel amazing, of course! I will do my very best on stage to make Belgium proud.
We wish Laura all the best in the contest come May. Find out more about Laura on her social media accounts:
Watch the official music video for her entry below, you can also vote for her in our poll at Eurojury.com: