After three live shows, lots of hype and a special live performance from Hadise, Belgium finally chose its Eurovision 2016 singer during the live final of Eurosong. The Belgian public and a panel of 10 international juries evaluated the five songs and Laura Tesoro has emerged as the winner with her song “What’s the Pressure”. Next stop? Stockholm!
The show unfolded in a cosy studio in the village of Lint (near Antwerp). wiwibloggers Mike and Daphne were on the scene, snapping pics and soaking up all the Eurovision goodness.
Tonight’s live show was opened by Hadise, who took part at the 2009 contest for Turkey. She performed several songs, including her Eurovision song (and Euroclub favourite) “Dum Tek Tek”.
First off from the candidates was Adil, who brought his song “In our nature” the nature to the stage. With some colourful painted dancers on stage, the act had more meaning. The whole performance gave an African Savanna feeling.
In Laura‘s performance, we definitely saw some improvement. There was more swing to it this time and she seemed more comfortable on stage. She looked fab in her sequinned jacket, but it was her dancers who really brought the act together.
Along with Laura, Tom was a hot favourite tonight. He brought some rock style to his performance, playing a guitar and joined by a drummer and guitarist. Tom also gave a more serious performance, able to tame his giggles from the preview show.
Astrid’s performance featured some really skilled dancers. Her voice sounded OK, a bit smoky, but the song would need a revamp to really work as a Eurovision entry.
Amaryllis surprised us, but not in a good way. The song’s theme didn’t match with the theatrical style of staging. And we’re not even sure what was happening with that giant spider web. The over-the-top staging distracted from the song.
As the results were revealed, it was obvious that the race was between Tom and Laura. The 10 international jury votes put Laura slightly in the lead, and the public vote cemented her lead, with Tom a close second. The two then progressed to the superfinal where they faced another televote.
In the end it was Laura who won, jumping for joy when Minister President of Flanders Geert Bourgeois read out her name. Laura will be the one to follow in Loïc Nottet’s footsteps as she takes the stage in Stockholm.