Tonight Belgium will decide who will win the ticket to Stockholm when the final of Eurosong 2016 screens. But before then, let’s take a look at the favourites, according to the Wiwi Poll and the Wiwi Jury.
Back in November Flemmish broadcaster VRT introduced the five candidates for Eurosong 2016: Adil, Amaryllis, Astrid, Laura and Tom. The five were put through a bootcamp, working on their performance skills. The first live show of Eurosong saw the group showcase their singing ability, then last week they debuted their potential Eurovision entries.
Tonight the decision will finally be made. The show starts at 20:25 CET and can be watched live on Eurovision.TV.
Poll results: Who should win Belgium Eurosong 2016?
We’ve been running a Wiwi Poll asking you who you think should win Eurosong. The results were clear, with Tom in first place getting 38.24% of the vote. Laura came in second with 22.42% of the vote, followed by Adil with 16.09%, Astrid with 15.12%, and Amaryllis in last place with 8.13% of the vote.
- Tom Frantzis — “I’m Not Lost” 38.24% (592 votes)
- Laura Tesoro — “What’s the Pressure” 22.42% (347 votes)
- Adil Aarab — “In Our Nature” 16.09% (249 votes)
- Astrid Destuyver — “Everybody Aches” 15.12% (234 votes)
- Amaryllis Uitterlinden — Kick the Habit 8.13% (126 votes)
Wiwi Jury results
Over the past week, the Wiwi Jury has been reviewing and rating the five entries in Eurosong. Our jury for this edition consisted of 18 jurors who came from Australia, Czech Republic, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia, and the United Kingdom. Each juror assessed each song independently, and awarded each song a score from 0 to 10.
The best: (Edd, 9/10) “This is a seriously good song. Judging by the success of artists like Hozier and Sheppard, I would even say this could win Eurovision. However, he desperately needs to swap the preppy Oscar Zia look for an authentic indie-folk look – swap the mechanic for organic. A bit of banjo wouldn’t go unnoticed either. If this doesn’t win, Belgium is making a massive mistake…”
The worst: (Antranig, 5/10) “‘I’m Not Lost’ does absolutely nothing for me lyrically – it’s playing it way too safe and it’s very predictable. However, the chorus is extraordinarily catchy and this is certainly a contender to win the ticket to Stockholm. Even though it is catchy, I don’t think the song showcases the best of Tom’s vocals the way that his take on “Rhythm Inside” did.”
The best: (Josh, 8.5/10) “Sassy. Edgy. Fun. Laura Tesoro is bringing all three of these things in spades, darling! I’m loving the throwback to the disco era in “What’s the Pressure”. It’s got a danceable beat, a memorable chorus and it’s nice to see the saxophone getting a workout since it went on long-service leave in 1996. Contagiously fun. Love it!”
The worst: (William, 4/10) “Laura is a gorgeous performer with lots of attitude and plenty of spunk. I just wish she had a better song. This feels very 1977, replete with the disco habit of looping lackluster melodies and overemphasizing the tambourine. There is no pressure, Laura: This ain’t gonna win.”
The best: (Renske, 7.5/10) “From all performances, Adil’s one was the most eye-catching (or the least toe-curling). Next to that, he has a really special voice. Although, I loved both the performances of “Believe” and “Rhythm Inside” at Eurovision, I rather want him to have an original performance. Because of all the things happening in his performance, the important message of his song was put in the background, which is sad.”
The worst: (Edd, 3/10) “The first minute is the most blatant rip-off of Loïc Nottet’s Vienna performance that you will ever see. Unfortunately for Adil, his voice, although pleasant, isn’t half as striking as Loïc’s – and neither is his song. The dull production in the chorus makes that song feel like a never-ending verse, and fails to evoke any sort of emotion in me (other than boredom, that is).”
The best: (Deban, 7.5/10) “Channeling Purity Ring but without synthpop, Amaryllis oozes vintage confidence. Slightly repetitive, yet positively memorable, “Kick the Habit” slams the beat into your second nature. You’re singing along before the song is over! Belgium has been historically toxic with its low Eurovision placings in recent years. Loic Nottet was the exception. Amaryllis could be the second exception.”
The worst: (Antranig, 3/10) “Amaryllis is obviously a very captivating performer – I love watching her on stage. Unfortunately “Kick the Habit” is the definition of mediocre. The song is ridiculously repetitive and not in a good way. I like the fact that the song powers up in the last minute but it’s not enough to save it from being the weakest entry in the Belgian field. I’m going to kick the habit of listening to this song.”
The best: Josh (7.5/10) “This is pretty good! Astrid is super cool and edgy and this performance is fierce! The start of the song is seriously giving me Aminata Savadogo vibes, but “Everybody Aches” doesn’t quite build like “Love Injected” did, though I don’t mind that. I don’t know how well suited to Eurovision this song is — I picture it more being played in a funky bar in Melbourne whilst sipping on an Aperol Spritz. Nevertheless, still a great effort from Astrid.”
The worst: (William, 3/10): “It’s like a prankster tampered with her metronome: at times she seems to be singing in slow motion, and at other times she’s been put on fast-forward. Regardless of the tempo, she’s never really in control. Easy-listening R&B just isn’t for her. I detest the dub-step-esque section from 0:57. It’s very Vilija Mataciunaite, and we know how that turned out…”