The Belgian participant, Eliot, released his song “Wake Up” on February 28. Once again the Walloon broadcaster RTBF has managed to bring a unique song to the Eurovision Song Contest. Following the release, our Belgian wiwiblogger Jacintha sat down with Eliot for the second time to interview him.
Eliot —”Wake Up” interview
Eliot released his song at the end of February. Every Eurovision participant receives lots of reactions following their song release and Eliot is no different. He was pleased with the positive feedback he received following the song release.
“Well I was very happy with the reactions and the comments,” Eliot tells us. “I feel supported and that is really important for an artist.”
The song has a very deep meaning. The song was written by Pierre Dumoulin, who was also part of the team behind Blanche’s “City Lights” two years ago. However, “Wake Up” is not as dark as his previous attempt, nor as avant-garde as “Rhythm Inside“. “Wake Up” is a great song in its own right, bringing a level of class far removed from the average songs Belgium sent in their run of poor results prior to Loïc Nottet.
“So in the song the world has fallen asleep and we have to be there to make things move. The young generation needs to move things. And we have have to wake up the world so the title is “Wake Up”,” Eliot explains. Just like in several other countries, Belgium has had several climate change protests recently, which “Wake Up” may allude to. Eliot continues, “It is funny because we got caught up by actuality. We wrote the lyrics before all the stories about the climate but it is a really good coincidence. We wrote the song to be more general.”
The song’s music video conveys a sense of darkness before the walls break down and Eliot wakes up the masses. When we spoke to Eliot the first time after the press conference, he could not tell us much about the staging and the decision-making process behind the staging. However, Eliot was more willing to give out some information this time.
“I can tell you something more than what I said last time,” Eliot reveals. “We do not want to have a stage in the same atmosphere as the video. We want to have more hope in our stage. Something less dark than the video. Sony and the RTBF really care about what I want to. It is true that I am new so I listen to the advisers. But I also have a word to say.”
What do you think of “Wake Up” and Eliot’s interview? Is it important for a song to have a special message? How will Eliot fare in Tel Aviv? Let us know in the comments section below.