He’s the Belgian producer, noted for staging The Common Linnets song “Calm After The Storm” at Eurovision 2014 and Spain’s Eurovision song “Do It For Your Lover” last year.
And now Hans Pannecoucke has been confirmed as the stage producer for Belgium’s Eurovision 2018 act Sennek and her song “A Matter Of Time”.
Pannecoucke has brought longtime collaborators Ignace D’Haese and Yves Ruth on board to help stage the show. D’Haese will produce the lighting and Yves Ruth will choreograph the performance.
The trio previously worked together on Belgium’s 2016 entry “What’s The Pressure”, putting together Laura Tesoro’s performance and a stage show that delivered a top 10 result for Belgium in Stockholm.
They also worked together on Spain’s 2017 entry, which despite their talents finished dead last on the scoreboard and only received five points. Staging can only do so much…
Belgium is the second country Pannecoucke is involved with this year. Dutch Eurovision 2018 act Waylon confirmed Pannecoucke would produce the stage show for “Outlaw In ‘Em” in late February. It’s also the second time Pannecoucke will stage both Belgium and The Netherlands’ Eurovision performances simultaneously.
Hans Pannecoucke at Eurovision
It’s fair to say that HP’s track record at Eurovision is hit and miss.
His biggest hit by far is “Calm After The Storm”. The single camera shot staging won plaudits, and helped the Netherlands win their semi-final and place second on the night of the Grand Final.
Likewise Laura Tesoro’s performance of “What’s The Pressure” also lifted the song up and opened the 2016 Grand Final with a bang.
Unfortunately, Pannecoucke has also worked on several notable Eurovision flops, although whether staging is entirely to blame for their failure is up for debate.
The staging of the Netherlands’ 2015 entry “Walk Along” drew significant criticism from the Dutch media and international fans alike and “Do It For Your Lover” gave Spain its worst performance in a Eurovision final in the 21st century.
Whether the staging for “A Matter Of Time” will be hit or miss has yet to be seen.
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