Last weekend, our Deban met up with Eliot from Belgium at the Eurovision Party Madrid. He was excited to perform there and slayed that blue carpet. He made time for us in Madrid to talk about preparations for Eurovision, his musical inspirations and why he sometimes plugs in his earphones without connecting them.
Eliot interview — Eurovision Party Madrid
Eliot’s journey to Eurovision
Eliot believes the biggest challenge in his journey to Eurovision is the rushing and getting to places. He enjoys the contact with people. He is impressed by how kind people are and how much people are into Eurovision.
Eliot has also done his homework and we are quite impressed. From the top of his head, he was able to hum the melodies of a wide variety of Eurovision entries, including Serhat, SuRie, Sandra Kim and Sennek. He’s still working on getting the hang of Madonna’s songs though. And we have to admit, we get a few goosebumps at the way Eliot pronounces ‘Eurovision’ with his French accent…
Bringing emotions on stage
In terms of bringing emotions on stage, Eliot says it’s a matter of just letting it out. He knows that emotions are what people expect when on stage but it’s not always easy. It also depends on the public and the place, he tells us.
Performing and nerves
Although confident enough to walk on stage, Eliot admits that he does get nervous sometimes. The Eurovision pre-parties were a testament to that. He had to kick off the London Eurovision Party and it’s never easy to go first. He tried to create a silent environment for himself to stay relaxed. He sometimes puts his earphones in without plugging them into anything. This is to create a quiet bubble for himself. Once in that relaxed mode, don’t bother to talk to him. He admits he doesn’t answer anything when he’s in that space. At that time, he just focuses on the song and warming up his voice.
His musical inspiration and… S&M?
Eliot tries to broaden his musical taste as much as possible, to inspire him with his own music. His big musical inspiration is Boy Epic, an American slightly BDSM/S&M inspired noir-pop act. Iceland’s Hatari. in that regards, has also not gone unnoticed to Eliot. Boy Epic is not as BDSM-centred as Hatari, but it moves in the same direction. Belgium’s cutest has a dark side too, y’all!
What do you think of “Wake Up”? Do you think Eliot will take Belgium back to the final? Let us know in the comments below.