Year after year, Belgian euro-fans live in the hope that Stromae will represent them at Eurovision, but to no avail. Sadly, it looks like 2015 will be no different, as the superstar has just told the American music magazine, Complex, that he needs time off. And he’s not talking about a three week holiday, people.
Stromae, born Paul Van Haver, stated in the interview that he needs time to “heal himself” and:
“that it’s not natural to have this kind of attention… I understand how one can become completely crazy because of this success… For the next album, well, I think the success of the second one was so huge that it would take lot of time to just have a normal life and actually be normal, so maybe I will leave two or three or even four years out before making another—? I’m not sure. I want to be making music, but also have a normal life. Of course, traveling will always be something I want to do, too. I’m more worried about my sanity [laughs], and being with my family.”
For the full interview click HERE.
The creative mind behind hits like “Formidable” and “Alors On Danse” will take a full sabbatical from the music industry. This means no albums, no tours, and no Eurovision! The chances of him competing may have been slim to start with, but at least we could dream. Now the door of possibility has been slammed shut.
It’s no secret that Stromae is high, if not number one, on every Belgians’ wishlist for Eurovision. There are numerous online petitions (also here and here) trying to convince Stromae (and the RBTF and/or VRT) to take a chance at Eurovision, but following the announcement they’re effectively redundant.
So more disappointment for the Belgian fans… what’s new? At least this leaves an opportunity for someone else to step into the megastar shaped void. Maybe Kate Ryan might be willing to pick up the Eurovision-mic again? Or perhaps someone even better?