Following the cancellation of Eurovision last year, the majority of the class of 2020 received the comeback ticket to sing again at Eurovision 2021. A massive 26 artists will return to represent their countries at Eurovision 2021. But as per the standard Eurovision rules, they’ve all got new songs.
Thus, comparisons are inevitable. So, we want to hear from our readers. We’re running a series of polls to ask — do you prefer the returning acts’ 2020 or 2021 songs?
Next up, we’re heading to Belgium. Last year, Hooverphonic were set to sing “Release Me” at Eurovision 2020. This year, they’re headed to Rotterdam with “The Wrong Place” — and a different lead vocalist. Two years, two songs. But which is your favourite? Vote now in our poll!
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“Release Me” (Belgium 2020)
“Release Me” features vocals from Luka Cruysberghs. It’s a dark, symphonic-rock ballad that wouldn’t be out of place on a James Bond movie soundtrack. The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — awarded “Release Me” an average score of 6.1/10.
“I’ve always thought that Hooverphonic bring some very special elements in music together, and “Release Me” is no different when coming to that”, noted wiwiblogger Florian. “The song, which at times even feels mysterious and out of this world, is the perfect mixture of a soundtrack and a 2020 radio track. Given the strong competition at its semi-final, Belgium might not have made it out of there, but regardless of that it’s a song to be proud of.”
“The Wrong Place” (Belgium 2021)
This year, Hooverphonic reverted back to an earlier lineup. Bassist Alex Callier and guitarist Raymond Geerts ended their collaboration with Luka, and drafted in former lead vocalist Geike Arnaert.
“The Wrong Place” has a gritty sound, detailing a woman’s regret following a one night stand.
Poll battle — Belgium: Which Hooverphonic Eurovision song is your favourite?
The battle is on. Do you prefer “Release Me” or “The Wrong Place”? In this poll, you can only choose one song. And as always, you can only vote once. Use it wisely!
Which song did you vote for? How does “The Wrong Place” compare to “Release Me”? Let us know in the comments below.