In the run-up to Eurovision 2014 the bookies consistently had Belgium’s Axel Hirsoux down as a Top 10 favourite to win it all. But, when the results were revealed during the first semi-final, Axel failed to qualify.
We caught up with the “Mother” singer on May 9, three days after his elimination, to reflect on his time at Eurovision. He talked at length about how the contest is “just a game” and that it wasn’t a big deal he had an early exit. “I think it’s the best moments of my life,” he says, adding that he hopes to compete again in five years.
Throughout our conversation he consistently returned to his fans.
“My fans, my guiding light, my fans is very important,” he says. “And I think I have a chance now. I have many people with me, support me. When I sing, I sing for my fans. My relations with my public is very important.”
He also says the vibe between contestants was positive and drama-free.
“I spoke with Suzy, Sanna Nielsen. When I speak with the other singers it’s just music and no contest, no competition. It’s really important for me the connection with the older artists, with the different cultures. And I love all of the songs of the whole contest this year of the Eurovision.”
Were you surprised that Axel didn’t make the final? Do you want to see him at Eurovision again soon?