William: Belgium’s Loïc Nottet went avant-garde and minimalist on stage during his first rehearsal at Eurovision 2015. Visually this is very black-and-white: The LED screen is super bright and blinding, and Loic wears a black coat (that in some ways reminded us of Aram Mp3’s shape from last year). His dancers have very jerky body movements and at various points they fall to the floor. Loïc spends most of the performance jerking his neck — let’s hope he doesn’t get whiplash — and he forgot a lot of his choreography. The word on everyone’s lips in the press centre is “disappointing”.
Belgium’s first rehearsal at Eurovision 2015
Padraig: I LOVE “Rhythm Inside”, but something was missing today. Hopefully that’s down to nerves. They had to start over several times due to Loic messing up. The staging is reminiscent of his Voice performance, but without the backing dancers. The staging is certainly out there, but there’s no Loreen or Margaret Berger style wow factor. I’m confident that this can be all ironed out by the time the second rehearsals come round.
Loïc Nottet: Reviews and Reactions
Chris: As much as I loved Loïc’s performance on both the Voice as well as his Alice in Nightmareland video, I was worried that if he tried the same here that it might not come across well on screen. Turns out I was right to be worried – nothing seemed to click in this performance. The bright white screen clashing with Loïc all in black really didn’t work for me and I’ve been left thinking that Belgium have truly shot themselves in the foot. Where others around him have improved, Loic is looking to be on the qualification precipice.
Belgium: Meet and Greet
You can read our reviews of all of the rehearsals by clicking here.
Photo: Thomas Hanses (EBU)