Last week singer Tom Leeb debuted his Eurovision song “The Best In Me” with a dramatic performance atop the Eiffel Tower. The reception from fans was mixed, but now a new acoustic performance is giving the song new life.
Tom delivered the acoustic performance as part of an in-studio appearance on French radio station RTL’s show A la Bonne Heure. The show is hosted by Stephane Bern who is also the French Eurovision commentator.
Gone is the bombastic orchestral sound. Instead, Tom accompanies himself on acoustic guitar, joined by another guitar player.
The stripped-down arrangement lets Tom’s vocals shine. As well, the acoustic guitar sound brings a warmth to the performance, something perhaps less apparent from the studio version with the swelling orchestra.
The acoustic performance also has a fresher feeling to it, more reminiscent of the sort of male singer-songwriter style music that can be found in the pop charts around the world. It’s also the style of music Tom has previously released.
Should Tom Leeb perform the acoustic version of “The Best In Me” at Eurovision 2020?
As soon as the video was uploaded to YouTube, viewers commented that they had enjoyed the acoustic version much more than the studio version. People also noted that the folky style of the acoustic performance suited Tom’s personality better.
Some fans even suggested that France should perform an acoustic version of it as their Eurovision entry in Rotterdam.
i think this version suits your voice so much better, i'd love to hear it at eurovision
— harper (@purpleharper1) February 19, 2020
I jus sent a DM to Tom Leeb asking him to keep the acoustic version for eurovision, trying to save France from the bottom 5, let’s go team pic.twitter.com/9CS1lHVdHo
— Evelyn (@eveboriee) February 19, 2020
Following the enthusiastic reactions about the new version of ” The Best in Me”, Tom reacted on Instagram. He wrote, “I understand that some of you are surprised by the Eurovision version… but I am preparing a folk version”.
Broadcasters still have just over two weeks to submit their entries for Eurovision 2020 to the European Broadcasting Union. So, in theory, France could switch the orchestral version of “The Best In Me” with a new folk-style version.
What do you think? Should Tom Leeb perform the acoustic version at Rotterdam? Or should he stick with the studio version? Tell us your thoughts below.