After the darkness, let there be light! Following years of mixed results and plenty of ups and downs (and more downs), Belgium has finally found its stride at Eurovision. Over the past three year it has emerged as a top performer with three Top 10 finishes and two Top 4 triumphs.
So on August 14, as VRT planned how to outdo itself in Lisbon, we paused to ask our readers which of Belgium’s last three acts is their favourite. After counting 3,105 votes, we can now reveal that Loïc Nottet has won the day.
The “Rhythm Inside” singer earned 1,473 votes — or 46% of all those cast. You guys are definitely still feeling it.
Avant-garde, mysterious and totally on-trend, Loïc’s Eurovision performance turned Belgium’s fortunes around. His arty, black-and-white staging has subsequently inspired a number of other Eurovision performances (including Cyprus in 2017).
“Prepare for an aural orgasm! The song, the singer – all perfect. From the moment I heard the 30-second teaser I was captivated. Lyrically sophisticated, musically daring, and filled with lush vocals – ‘Rhythm Inside’ has it all. I wanna rap-pap-pap all night. Love, love, love! (I’ll cry if Belgian TV ruin this with crappy staging).”
Loïc finished ahead of runner-up Blanche, whose “City Lights” earned 39% of all votes.
In early March, shortly after Blanche’s “City Lights” leaked on the social network VK, Belgium’s odds of winning Eurovision fell from 100/1 at most agencies to as low as 3/1.
The song’s incredibly fresh, electro feel instantly won over the critics and the fandom, raising hopes that Belgium could challenge for the trophy.
Ahead of the contest Blanche finished second with the Wiwi Jury, with many of us declaring it our favourite studio track of the year.
Belgium’s 2016 act Laura came third
Laura, who seems to be powered by nuclear everlasting batteries, brought energy, pizzaz and some megawatt staging that made all of Europe dance. She filled the stage with on-point choreography and stellar camera work, turning Globen Arena into a proper discotheque.
Laura ultimately placed third in her semi-final and tenth in the grand final. The latter result is particularly impressive given that she had to open the entire show.
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Photo: Elena Volotova (EBU / Eurovision.tv)