Luka Cruysberghs starred as Hooverphonic’s frontwoman for their Eurovision 2020 song “Release Me”. While most people expected her to be the singer on their Eurovision 2021 track too, Hooverphonic decided otherwise, bringing back veteran Geike Arnaert. Since the announcement was made, Luka has remained relatively quiet on the matter. However, in a recent interview on the VRT programme Vlaanderen Herleeft, she opened up about her feelings on being told to leave so abruptly.
Luka Cruysberghs on her abrupt departure from Hooverphonic
Luka gave an explanation for her radio silence during Hooverphonic’s Eurovision 2021 experience. She says it would have negatively impacted herself, as well as the group, if she had continued to make media appearances. She agreed, however, that the parting was handled abruptly:
“Yes, we had a meeting. But I was then on holiday and it was all planned. So that had become a Zoom meeting. They just said it.”
“It was just a big shock. Because… I don’t know. I didn’t expect it or something.”
When asked about the reason behind her departure, Luka answered that she thought it was as simple as Geike having the willingness to return. Speaking about her subsequent radio silence, Luka said:
“[I haven’t said anything afterwards], because they said: ‘If we’re going to do a lot of interviews, they will look for dirt and revenge and so on’. Gossip. What the people like to read in the magazines.”
“[They didn’t tell me to be silent], it was rather: ‘nobody likes to have a frustrated ex-singer of Hooverphonic’. And that’s also true. People won’t think I am more sympathetic because of it. I have no anger or so towards them. But… I was rather disappointed. I don’t know. You work together for such a long time with people, so you have some kind of relationship with them, don’t you? So that was… I just was very much in shock.”
When asked whether she cried a lot, Luka answered she did “a little bit”, but she thought that was normal.
Luka’s path as a newfound solo artist
VRT described Luka’s 2021 as a year to work on her first solo release following Hooverphonic, but also a year of newfound complete anonymity. After being replaced by Geike, the radio and television visits and concerts came to a sudden end.
When Luka and Hooverphonic parted ways, it was later revealed that at the time of the parting, they had been working on an album. In April, Het Nieuwsblad reported the songs that Luka had recorded with Hooverphonic for the album had been discarded.
Showing scenes from a recording studio in Durbey, Luka revealed that her first single as a solo artist will have a totally different sound than her work with Hooverphonic. Judging by what we hear in Vlaanderen Herleeft, it sounds like a light dance track.
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