Alex Callier the lead of Hooverphonic has revealed that the bands entry for Eurovision 2021 has been written.
Speaking to Dag Allemaal, Alex Callier has confirmed that the band has written the song that they will represent Belgium with at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021. He explained that:
Despite the bizarre summer, we made good use of our time. I think I already have material for three new albums.
Mr Callier went on to add that the new song that Hooverphonic will perform on stage at the Ahoy in Rotterdam is “already ready”. Hooverphonic had been due to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 with the song “Release Me”, however the contest was subsequently cancelled due to COVID-19.
Who are Hooverphonic?
Hooverphonic were formed in 1995 in Sint-Niklaas in East Flanders. The current line up of the band is Alex Callier (bass guitar, keyboards and programming), Raymond Geerts (lead guitar) and Luka Cruysberghs (lead vocals). Alex and Raymond were part of the original line up while Luka became the band’s lead vocalist in 2018.
The song that Hooverphonic were due to perform in Rotterdam is called “Release Me”. It was written and composed by band member Alex Callier. Luca Chiaravalli also helped to compose the song. Hooverphonic were internally selected by VRT to represent Belgium in Rotterdam. They were the first Eurovision 2020 act to be revealed.
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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.