Tonight Belgium staged its third—and perhaps most exciting—semi-final of Eurosong 2014. Since the castings began Axel and Bandits have been the favourites. And so it was no surprise that Axel and Bandits impressed both audience and jury. Nelson and Tisha Cyrus couldn’t really bring anything to the table, and it was pretty clear pretty early that neither would make it past tonight.
Reviewing the Belgian finalists:
1. Axel Hirsoux – Mother (jury 99 points/audience: 1st place)
We already knew that Axel had an amazing voice. The question was over which song the jury and broadcaster would give him. Unfortunately, they gave him a English song, instead one in his mother tongue French. We thought Belgium would have learned from their mistake after doing this with Roberto Bellarosa, who had to be sent to a language bootcamp to correct his English (he couldn’t even tell when Wiwi was asking him if he was single last year). You can hear the French accent and it doesn’t do the performance any good. It was good, but not worth the 99 out of 100 points from the jury.
Jury-comment: You outclass this whole thing. The song you bring and the way you bring it, it’s real sincere. I think we all can be very proud if you would present us in Copenhagen. Because if you would represent us, you would go to Copenhagen as a winner.
2. Bandits – One (jury 90 points/audience: 2nd place)
These guys sound great singing in Dutch. Hopes were that they would get a Dutch/English song, but they ended up with an English one (also by choice of their own). This turned out surprisingly well. There is just something about these guys (perhaps the looks of the leadsinger, as jury member Bart Peeters pointed out). It’s fresh, cute, loveble and the song stays in your head. Quite unique as well, as they sound even better live with their instruments. Side-note: in Belgium they already have collected a major fanbase of teenage girls who call themselves ‘Bandita’s.
Jury-comment: You just blow the place apart. The arrangement needs some work, that it even comes out better live. The leadsinger just has the looks. I said earlier that you are the young beatles, but now I think you are also a little bit of One Directon (which was answered by the Bandit-fans in the audience with loud ‘boo-ing’).
Nelson – Wild Side: (jury 83 points/audience 3rd place)
The intro with the robot sound was a bit weird. Ruslana seemed to like it, seeing she couldn’t stop dancing in her jury chair and almost gave jury member Jef a lapdance (who was not amused by the way). The song was an example of ‘just missing something’.
Jury comment: It’s a great soundtrack for a Saturday, in the club or in the bar. It has recognisable elements, everything works about the song. But I have my doubts if it is a ‘ectasysong’ for ESC.
Tisha Cyrus – Kitty cat (jury 68 points/audience: 4th place)
Tisha didn’t agree with the songs given to her by the jury and broadcaster. Together with her manager, she had to defend a song she wrote herself to use that for Eurosong. Not a good idea, in our opinion, nothing about the song is worth remembering.
Jury comment: It was okay. It was nice. Ok, beautiful. But not good enough for the competition.
Daphne Dee contributed this report from Belgium. Follow her on Twitter @JacinthaD1. You can also keep up-to-date with the latest Eurovision news and gossip by following the team on Twitter @wiwibloggs and by liking our Facebook page