Belgium‘s Laura Tesoro is a force of nature. She is young, free and funky, and can roll with the punches — as when Kate Ryan trashed her on Twitter. wiwibloggs caught up with the Belgian starlet after her first rehearsal and Laura was riding high on a performance that changed more than a few opinions. As we now know girlfriend totally slayed the pack, finishing third in her semi-final — even coming ahead of Jamala with the jury. In the final she had to open the entire show, but she still managed to come 10th. In short, Laura slayed.
And that makes re-watching her old interviews all the more interesting. Laura knew not to pay attention to initial reactions to her song and instead had her eyes fixed on the reaction to her “total package”. Playing the waiting game really paid off.
She’s underwent intensive preparation for the contest to ensure she gave Belgium its best chance of repeating Loic’s success last year.
“The schedule has been really hectic, we took a lot of time to figure out how to upgrade the act and song, and search for backing dancers who could sing as well as dance.”
The entire process has been a learning experience since Eurosong.
Laura was modest throughout. “I didn’t expect to win, there were five different artists, with different genres and that was an opportunity for us to all learn from each other.”
In Stockholm she admitted that “What’s The Pressure” is her favourite track that she’s recorded and that the rehearsal was amazing, “because the stage is huge and beautiful.”