Kicking off our “Who Is” series for the Eurovision 2018 season is Laura Groeseneken from Belgium.
At the end of September last year, it was announced that 27-year-old Laura Groeseneken would represent Belgium at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. This early announcement made her the first confirmed artist of the new Eurovision season. Let’s get to know a bit more about her.
Laura, also known as SENNEK, was born in Leuven, Belgium on 30th April 1990. Her musical career revolves around singing and songwriting, as well as playing the piano and melodica. Laura is no stranger to performing on stage, as she was the keyboardist for Belgian musician Ozark Henry, a role which involved touring worldwide and performing at Rock Werchter, a large rock music festival in her hometown. She has also co-written the song “Gravity” by Hooverphonic, which became popular after it was played on a perfume advertisement by fashion label Cacharel.
Outside of music, Laura works as a Visual Merchandiser for IKEA. She does, however, also work as a Vocal Coach at the music centre “Het Depot” in Leuven.
Laura Groeseneken will represent Belgium at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal. She was internally selected by Flemmish broadcaster VRT, and will sing “A Matter of Time”.
Belgium was one of the original seven nations to participate in the first edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in 1956. To date, the country has won the contest only once in 1986. Sandra Kim won the contest with the song “J’aime la vie”, her victory was not without controversy when it emerged that Sandra was just 13 years old, two years younger than the age restriction at the time. In the late 00s, Belgium struggled in the contest failing to reach the final annually from 2005 until 2010, when Tom Dice finished 6th in the final with 143 points. Belgium has finished last at the contest six times, including two sets of nul points.