Maureen Louys who has been due to co-commentate on Eurovision 2021 for RTBF has pulled out after a positive COVID-19 test.
Maureen Louys will no longer be providing commentary for RTBF at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021. The television and radio presenter has been forced to withdraw from commentating after a positive test for COVID-19.
The replacement for Maureen is Fanny Jandrain, she is a radio and television presenter and joined RTBF in 2017. This marks the first time since 2013 that Maureen will not have commentated on Eurovision for RTBF.
Who are Hooverphonic?
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”.
VRT opted to internally select Hooverphonic in 2020. 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.
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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.