Last week Hooverphonic surprised their global fan base by announcing that Geike Arnaert was returning to the group and replacing Luka Cruysberghs. Almost immediately, broadcaster VRT confirmed that Geike would join Alex Callier and Raymond Geerts at Eurovision 2021.
Well now Luka has explained a bit more about the news. Speaking on Belgian radio, she said she was told she had to leave the band during a Zoom call.
“Because of Corona there was no physical meeting,” she said during her spot on Click like on MNM. “It was a bit of a shock, but I understand. The past few days were a bit overwhelming…In the meantime, I have been able to give it a place.”
The 19-year-old singer also shared her parents’ reaction to this unexpected news. “My parents are sorry, but they are also happy that I am going my own way,” she said. “They are curious about how I am going to perform and my own style.”
Luka is determined to continue as a solo artist. She has the option to release a single with Hooverphonic’s record label Universal.
“Now we are going to write songs with as many different people as possible, so we have a lot of choices. We will then choose the best single. It will be busy in the coming weeks.” When asked how this music will sound, Luka responds soberly: “Just like Luka — I can’t say much more about it yet.”
After the unexpected news about Luka’s departure last week, the singer responded almost immediately on Instagram, making it clear she’s ready to embrace the future.
“After 3 years with Hooverphonic, it’s time to go my own way. I am very gratefull for all the chances, lots of tours, amazing experiences and memories ive got. I wish @hooverphonicoff and @geike_official all the best. Stay tuned for my next steps!
RU YOU READY FOR ME?
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