Hooverphonic will sing “The Wrong Place” at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam.
“The Wrong Place” is the title of the Belgian entry for Eurovision 2021. The song was first released this morning on Belgian radio station MNM with the official video being revealed later this morning.
“The Wrong Place” was written by Alex Callier and Charlotte Forest. Alex said:
“We heard Johnny Cash on the radio during a songwriting session. In jest, we gave ourselves the challenge to incorporate Johnny Cash in our new song. This resulted in the lyric ‘Don’t you ever dare to wear my Johnny Cash T-shirt’. The rest of the song is built around this phrase.”
Talking about the music video, which was directed by Jan Boon, the band said:
“It’s a recognizable situation for some of us: to wake up in ‘the wrong place’. This doesn’t have to result in a severed head as seen in the clip, but Hooverphonic sure likes this kind of theatrical dark humour. Jackie Cane is a good example of that. Jan Boon has once more translated a scene from a non-existing movie into a gorgeous clip. ‘Tarantino meets Tim Burton’, or a fairy tale come true. Visually arresting, 100% Hooverphonic.”
Hooverphonic will perform in the second half of the first semi-final on May 18.
VRT opted to internally select both their artist and song for the Eurovision Song Contest, this has been the case for the broadcast since 2018. Hooverphonic were first due to represent Belgium at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2020 with the song “Release Me” but following the cancellation of Eurovision 2020, it was decided by VRT to reselect the group for Eurovision 2021.
Hooverphonic were formed in 1995 and is formed of Alex Callier, Raymond Geerts and Geike Arnaert. Last year for Eurovision 2020 the lead singer of the band was Luka the former lead singer of the group from 2018 but was replaced at the end of 2020 by former lead singer Geike Arnaert. They have released ten studio albums during their career, and had a European hit in 2000 with “Mad About You”.
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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.