Belgium’s song for the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest will be released in February.
Yesterday evening it was revealed that the trio Hooverphonic would represent Belgium at the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Band member Alex Callier revealed on last night’s talkshow Vandaag that the song has already been created, but is currently in a demo state. He further went on to say in an interview with VRT NWS that the song is set to be released in February next year.
“We need to reach a very bright audience, lovers of commercial and alternative. That is a challenge, I must say. But we have already proven that as our songs get played on all radio stations.”
Hooverphonic were formed in 1995 and is formed of Alex Callier, Raymond Geerts and Luka Cruysberghs. Luka is the lead vocalist for the group and joined Hooverphonic in 2018. They have released ten studio albums during their career, and had a European hit in 2000 with “Mad About You”.
VRT opted again to select their artist for the Eurovision Song Contest before the song that represents them. This was the case in 2018 when VRT selected Sennek for the Eurovision Song Contest, before then choosing her song.
Eliot represented Belgium in the first Semi-Final of Eurovision 2019. The singer performed “Wake Up” on stage, however failed to qualify for the Grand Final. This was the second year running that Belgium failed to qualify for the final.
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.