We’ll forgive y’all if you struggle to remember Iris. Aged just 17, she represented Belgium at Eurovision 2012 with “Would You?”, an anodyne tune that was met by a collective yawn from Europe. Needless to say, it failed to qualify, with only Austria’s Trackshittaz saving it from last place. Post-Baku, she acquired an “A” and released a handful of follow up singles, all in a similar vein to her ill-fated entry. She quickly slipped off our radar… until now!

On “Heartbreaker”Airis transforms into a mini dance diva and we heartily approve! The guitars and pianos have been thrown out in favour of drum and bass. She no longer sounds like a lost throwback from the early ’00s, this new Airis is 2015 through and through. And it’s not just her sound that’s progressed. Thematically, she’s grown up too. Gone is the needy little miss who wondered if her ex would pine for her. Now, she has no issue telling her significant other that he’ll be out on his own if he dares break her heart. As she coolly coos over the throbbing beats, we don’t doubt her.

Airis “Heartbreaker” Official Video

The image overhaul extends into the music video. There are no coy smiles or blushing glances. Airis is fierce. Whether she’s bathing in steam beneath floating cubes or striding purposefully across a sandbank, the intensity doesn’t abate.

“Heartbreaker” is great, but we don’t want to oversell the transformation. This isn’t a Anna Bergendahl “For You” style revamp (because that was simply sublime), some small kinks still remain. Nonetheless, Kate Ryan might want to get a tighter grip on her Belgian Eurovision dance crown, because it looks and sounds like Airis could just snatch it off her head.

What do y’all make of Airis’ change in direction? Do you approve? Let us know below.

Airis – Heartbreaker Lyrics

I don’t want to feel this pain
No more like to cry again
Cause when the promise that you made
You just left me and made your mistakes
Ooh, I am done with your lies
Find someone else

If you like to be a heartbreaker
A heartbreaker
You like like like like like
And if you like a heartbreaker
You find yourself alone
And even if you try
And even if I try
And even if you hide
And even if I’m blind
Lost in your mind
Where I can’t find you

I don’t like to be insane
Look for, asking why again
Cause when the promise that you made
You just crushed me and made your mistakes
What have you done
With my heart
Find someone else

If you like to be a heartbreaker
A heartbreaker
You like like like like like
And if you like a heartbreaker
You find yourself alone
And even if you try
And even if I try
And even if you hide
And even if I’m blind
Lost in your mind
Where I can’t find you

I don’t want to feel this pain
No more like to cry again
Cause when the promises you made
You just left me and made your mistakes
Ooh I am done with your lies
Find someone else

If you like to be a heartbreaker
A heartbreaker
You like like like like like
And if you like a heartbreaker
You find yourself alone
And even if you try
And even if I try
And even if you hide
And even if I’m blind
Lost in your mind
Where I can’t find you

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Foxreyna
Foxreyna
7 years ago

Still think she should’ve qualified.

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
7 years ago

@Fikri, Daan: Sad to say, I concur with you. This won’t cut it.

Word to Belgium: PLEEEEEEEEEZ send Selah Sue! 🙂

Harpy Darper
Harpy Darper
7 years ago

Stop forcing “y’all” into every article, very lazy and annoying. Especially twice

Daan
Daan
7 years ago

What a terrible song. 🙁 Would you is such a pearl that was misunderstood. I ended up loving that song. Iris, seriously, go back to that style, this ain’t your gig girl.

fikri
fikri
7 years ago

it’s incredibly flat… O.o i hope she doesn’t quit her day job.