Yesterday morning the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of musical unprofessionals — headed to Brussels where we snapped photos in front of Manneken Pis, the famous statue of a little boy peeing. (Don’t laugh: Eurovision 2013 starlet Alyona Lanskaya did the same thing). After giggling and gorging on some delicious Belgian chocolate, we sat down to review Loïc Nottet‘s Eurovision 2015 song “Ryhthm Inside”. Did we want to rap-pap-pap along with him? Read on to find out…
Belgium’s Eurovision 2015 song
Reviews: Loïc Nottet with ‘Rhythm Inside’
Chris: Je t’adore, Loïc and I really mean it. I’d class “Rhythm Inside” as my favourite song of the year. Dark, brooding, infectious — this song skims along the surface of the Lorde comparisons, but doesn’t get weighed down by them. Loïc can deliver the vocals live and I just hope that Belgium gives him a suitable stage performance to tie it all together. I don’t think “Rhythm Inside” will win Eurovision, but I think it should.
Padraig: Prepare for an aural orgasm! The song, the singer – all perfect. From the moment I heard the 30-second teaser I was captivated. Lyrically sophisticated, musically daring, and filled with lush vocals – “Rhythm Inside” has it all. I wanna rap-pap-pap all night. Love, love, love! (I’ll cry if Belgian TV ruin this with crappy staging).
Robyn: I’m going to pretend the first 10 seconds of this song don’t exist, because the resemblance to the introduction of “Royals” bothers me so. But apart from that, this is an amazing song. It’s sly and sexy and mysterious, intensified by the beguiling vocals of Loïc. My only concern – recently Belgium has become known for disappointing staging, usually getting carried away with interpretive dance (o, ghostly mother!). But if they get the staging right for “Rhythm Inside”, it will be great.
Angus: Maleficent in the house! Loic has razor-sharp cheekbones and a dark, thorny song that grabs you because it feels other worldly. ‘Rhythm Inside’ pulsates with an occult intensity, anchored on Loic’s dreamy vocal and sparkly starry lyrics. The dark horse in every sense of the word.
Bogdan: Loïc has the ability to change from his childish, cute and totes adorbs appearance in interviews to a sexy beast and a real, confident performer on stage (kind of reminds me of Michael Jackson in that way), and that is why I am entirely sold on Belgium’s entry. Not to mention that “Rhythm Inside” is a spellbinding song. Yes, Loïc’s gospel voice and the daring lyrics make me want to sin and ra-pa-pap tonight. By the way, comparisons with Lorde bore me: after the short intro, Loïc takes us to the American Deep South rather than New Zealand. And I love it.
Deban: Belgium pitches the coolest music sample in this year’s contest, accompanied by flashes of its hottest heartthrob. “Rhythm Inside” oozes confidence. Although I’m not sold on this, Loic Nottet deserves praise for offering a different point of view. The arty video and visual direction is refreshing. However, underneath it all, I find the composition rather slap dash, and devoid of soul.
Francheska: YAAAAAAAAS (I don’t care, I’m using that expression). Belgium in the course of one year has completely restored my faith. Loic is tres cool, his vocals are eerie and spot-on at the same time, and he perfectly blends artistry and pop catchiness. And I melt a little bit every time I hear him say, “I’m gonna get that rhythm back”. Loic truly is an artist: he can create and he can perform. A song about staying original with such a flawless orchestration deserves recognition as the top song of this year. Je l’aime!
Judit: I’M IN LOOOVE! Earlier Italy was my clear favourite, but Loic has a brilliant voice and a sexy, unique song, and has completely outdone them in my book. The video is awesome. Hopefully they’ll bring some water to Vienna too. With this young talent Belgium has a chance to win the contest in 2015.
William: Don’t let his porcelain skin fool you: Vocally the boy is definitely a man. Loic’s song is among the most contemporary of the year. It’s dark, mysterious and different — yet refreshingly mainstream. His live performance on Belgian radio proves that he can deliver, but, more importantly, that he is feeling every single note. He believes in it and that makes me believe in him.
William C: The song is addictive and gives me major Lorde/Sia vibes. It’s fitting given that Sia RTed his “Chandelier” cover. Loic is ahead of the times, which, unfortuntatley, may put some people off: I think it will only reach the Top 10 at best. In reality this should be much higher. Best Belgium entry of the 10s for me.
Our first reaction (10 March 2015)
Our jury consists of 29 people, but we only have room for 10 written reviews. Here are the remaining 19 scores.
To reduce potential bias, we drop the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. We removed a low of 4.5 and a high of 10.