The year 2020 is not yet over, but Belgium’s previously confirmed Eurovision 2021 line-up is set to change ever so slightly. That’s because Hooverphonic have announced that Geike Arnaert will rejoin the band, meaning that Luka Cruysberghs is out.
Broadcaster VRT has already confirmed that Geike will be going to Eurovision along with band founders Alex Callier and Raymond Geerts.
Hooverphonic zal in deze nieuwe samenstelling deelnemen aan het Eurovisiesongfestival in 2021.
We zijn ervan overtuigd dat de band ons land uitstekend zal vertegenwoordigen in Rotterdam, en we wensen Luka succes met haar verdere carrière. https://t.co/xFutrmSjmI
— VRT (@VRT) November 9, 2020
Geike Arnaert replaces Luka Cruysberghs in Hooverphonic
The trip-hop dream-pop band broke the “exciting news” on social media.
They elaborated on the changes in the official press release: “We met again. We started chatting. All three of us were eager to work together again, so we felt we had to do this. It is still the core Hooverphonic, which is synonymous with the band for many people. It’s that simple”
This is a case of deja vu, as Geike was the frontwoman of the group for several years during the 1990s and 2000s. On her return, she says it feels like little has changed.
“We wanted to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the record together. Just talking about it brought back many happy memories. It’s a strange sensation. I get back into it with great pleasure. I don’t know how the fans will react. But it really feels good for me. I’m going to put my own story in the songs again.”
The record in question is “Mad About You” — one of Hooverphonic’s biggest hits.
Line-up changes are nothing new for Hooverphonic. First, there was Esther Lybeert, then Liesje Sadonius and then Kyoko Baertson. After them came Geike Arnaert, helping Hooverphonic to hit the charts. She was followed by Noémie Wolfs. Then it was Luka’s turn, who now has to make room for Geike.
What now for Luka Cruysberghs?
The band explains in more detail what the return of Geike means for Luka: “Of course it is a bit bittersweet for Luka. She is an excellent singer, without a doubt. We had three wonderful years with Luka. But our collaboration ends here. We have travelled across Europe and the United States, and we have had many memorable moments together. We continue to support her with all our heart. She will get a solo single from Universal and if Luka wants that, I will, of course, continue to accompany her solo.”
Belgium at Eurovision 2021
Hooverphonic were confirmed as Belgium’s Eurovision 2021 act not long after the 2020 contest was cancelled.
In August, Alex revealed that Hooverphonic made great use of their time during this bizarre summer and that their 2021 song was ready. “I think I already have material for three new albums. We are now selecting: choice stress!’’ Alex revealed that Hooverphonic made great use of their time during this bizarre summer and that their 2021 song was ready.
He went on to explain that Hooverphonic has a wide and diverse repertoire and that their Eurovision 2021 song might be considered a big surprise.
Back in May, the band upset many fans when they opted not to take part in a mass sing-along of “Love Shine A Light” with the other 2020 acts. Callier explained that it didn’t feel 100% right for Hooverphonic to participate, because in his mind the gesture is too simple of an answer to the world’s problems.
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