Early Monday morning, they released their eagerly anticipated song for Belgium at Eurovision 2020. But within hours of “Release Me” debuting, social media was up in arms over some comments attributed to Hooverphonic’s front man Alex Callier.
The fuss arose from an online article, published by VRT, originally entitled “In the circus of bad taste, there is also place for a pearl”. The piece quickly gained traction with many reading the out-of-context comments as an arrogant declaration.
However, wiwibloggs has reached out to VRT for comment. In an exclusive statement, originally sent to us in Flemish, the Belgian broadcaster confirms that it’s all a big misunderstanding.
Hooverphonic’s “Circus Of Bad Taste” Comments — VRT Statement
“This quote has been taken out of context. A lot of people in the surroundings of Alex ask him ‘why do you do this?!’. And those people are calling it ‘a fest of bad taste’. Something Alex and co don’t agree with at all! They love Eurovision. There is indeed a big show element in the contest with bells and whistles.
Hooverphonic will not be part of this, because Hooverphonic is just Hooverphonic and they want to stay close to their DNA. So, if people interpret Eurovision as a cirsus of bad taste, then let them do that. Alex, Luka and Raymond are enormously looking forward to it!”
One of our team, who attended Monday’s song launch explains that it was most likely a sarcastic answer from Alex. Many have been attacking the group’s participation, and they are the ones branding Eurovision a “circus of bad taste”. Playing the haters at their own game, Alex is saying that if that’s the case, the group is a pearl.
Callier is a lifetime Eurovision fan. Speaking to wiwibloggs in January he spoke of his love of song contest classics from France Gall and Viky Leandros right up to Salvador Sobral and Lake Malawi.