Hooverphonic’s Management has revealed that more than twenty songs are currently in the running to represent Belgium at Eurovision 2021.
As reported earlier this week Hooverphonic have now written the song that will represent Belgium in Rotterdam next May. The Management of Hooverphonic has confirmed to Songfestival.be that over twenty songs are currently in the running for the 2021 contest, with all of the songs created this summer in the running.
Hooverphonic have yet to start the process of determining the song they will perform in the Netherlands, with a meeting with VRT yet to be planned. Alex Callier the lead of the group previously explained that the songs that they have written are a variety of styles.
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.
Image Source: Image Source: Capitole Gent / Source: Songfestival.be
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.