It’s been a good 24 hours or so for Laura Tesoro. Not only did she win Eurosong, but her song “What’s the Pressure” has shot straight to number one on the Belgian iTunes chart. Listening to the song in this version has got us wondering, though: does the studio recording show up issues with Laura’s live version? Not only that, but a third version Laura recorded prior to winning Eurosong presents the song in an entirely different light. Does the Belgian delegation need to make a decision about how to present the song in Stockholm?
Laura didn’t seem to be too concerned about such decisions though the morning after her win though, talking about her victory on radio MNM. Laura revealed that she’d only got three hours sleep and that her victory was only just beginning to sink in. Laura confirmed that there’d be a “bigger” stage performance in Stockholm than we saw in the national final.
She also talked about wearing a jacket in the colours of the Belgian flag to “make the audience remember” her. We have to say that, Laura honey, that sounds Dex-worthy already! Laura also talked up Ireland’s “Sunlight”, but what about her own song? Laura did not mention any real changes to be made there, but with the following choices on offer, Belgium could do something entirely different.
“What’s the Pressure”: National final version
Our team weren’t exactly loving Laura’s performance at Eurosong, as you can see in our reaction video. Still, Laura has been holding her own in our favourite act poll so far. The staging certainly gives life to the performance, but is that the most important part?
“What’s the Pressure”: Studio version
With the studio version of the song now available, it certainly highlights where Laura has some problems in the live version. Laura’s a little bit more comprehensible here and you can see it being a big hit in the Euroclub. Should Belgium rethink the staging a little bit to give Laura a better chance in Stockholm?
“What’s the Pressure”: Piano version
Of course, there’s also a third recording of the song that sounds mighty different to the previous two as well. Prior to winning the national final, Laura had previously visited the MNM studios and performed a piano only version of the song. Ignore the fact that it seems she recorded it in an elevator – this one might just be our favourite of the bunch. Laura sounds her best here vocally, with the drawback being that the song loses some of the energy from the other versions.
Which version do you like the most? Should Belgium make changes to “What’s the Pressure”? Let us know in our poll and in the comments section.
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