The first show of Belgium’s Eurosong 2016 is only a few days from now and the selection is ready to kick off. And one of the contestants has some A-list backing.
Adil Aarab, who appeared as a finalist in the Belgian version of Pop Idol in 2007, has co-written his song with the successful Dutch pop-rock group BLØF.
Who are BLØF?
The name may not sound familiar to Belgian ears, but in the Netherlands they are one of the most successful groups in the industry. Between 1995 and 2015, they have released twenty albums, many of which have received platinum and double platinum certifications. They’ve also released over forty singles and their greatest hit “Holiday in Spain” topped the Dutch charts for five weeks.
For many people, BLØF writing a Eurovision entry might come as a surprise. The group is most known for its Dutch-language repertoire and their songs are quite different to what Eurovision fans are used to. The group entered the selection to represent the Netherlands in 1998, but they withdrew after their sudden breakthrough.
Adil seems thrilled by his work with BLØF, sharing this Instagram pic from in the studio:
What about the rest of the competition in Eurosong 2016?
Adil has tough competition for the ticket to Stockholm. Belgium (to be specific: Flanders) is taking it seriously this year. All of the artists have different musical experiences. Astrid Destuyver was discovered through her SoundCloud account, Tom Frantzis owns a music shop, Laura Tesoro recently competed in The Voice of Flanders and reached the final and Amaryillis Uitterlinden is a singer, actress and TV host.
With only a few days left until the first episode of the Belgian selection (January 3rd at 20.25), the competition seems more exciting than ever before. Stay tuned!