Axel Hirsoux isn’t living through the happiest of times. After a disappointing 14th place finish in the semi-final, the plan was to give a number of concerts in Belgium in the coming weeks. However, Axel’s manager Bruno Lorenzo announced yesterday that Axel’s vocal chords cracked this week and the singer has been forced to cancel all of the upcoming concerts. His voice possibly suffered from his intense experience in Copenhagen. Management say that he hopes to be performing again around June.
Axel, a good sport who rooted for Conchita Wurst in the final, returned from his Eurovision adventure on Sunday the 11th of May. His mother and father, who had returned from Copenhagen ahead of him, greeted him at Zaventem Airport. He may not have been greeted by a big horde of fans, but Axel was in good spirits. As he told us after his early exit from Eurovision, he is proud of what he achieved and is already thinking about returning to the contest in the future.
His management also firmly denies the rumours that the cancellation of the concerts has anything to do with Axel’s alleged bouts with depression.
— Axel Hirsoux (@Axelhirsoux) May 10, 2014
Belgian fans and the Belgian press have gone easy on Axel. Instead, they’ve directed their fury at the national selection process, broadcaster VRT and the ‘un-professional’ jury at Belgium Eurosong.
After the semi-final, newspaper ‘Het Laatste Nieuws’ had this to say: ‘The useless Belgian National Final should be banned: too complex, too many useless auditions, artists that were forced upon a song with a result of gray mediocrity. Not a single song really stood out, because there was no money to buy a decent song, all were second-rate. Eurosong was unnecessary, a farce’.
De Standaard asked the following: ‘With a professional jury, an international jury and the audience, what remains to build on? Just choose internally again, like with Tom Dice and Urban Trad’.
On social media a poster was going around with the one-liner: ‘Dear Jury of Eurosong: thanks for nothing!’. The reactions from fans on Twitter and Facebook were in general mostly directed at VRT, which they believe strangled the possibility for a good song.
— Axel Hirsoux (@Axelhirsoux) May 12, 2014
VRT claimed absolute control during this year’s selection, and artists were forced to sing songs from other people while their own songs were banned. But there is light on the horizon: it’s RTBF’s turn next year. RTBF can start searching for an even better Roberto while VRT gets a whole year to reflect on what, in the name of Eurovision-love, she was thinking with Eurosong 2014….
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
Picture Axel: Sander Hesterman (EBU)