He’s a singer, actor and judge on Drag Race Belgique. And now MUSTII is also a favourite to win the Eurovision Song Contest 2024. 

The Belgian star will perform “Before the Party’s Over” — a progressive song that builds to a massive climax. He says the country’s broadcaster picked him for Eurovision before even hearing the song.

“They approached me without any views on the song,” he told our Cinan in Madrid at the PrePartyES 2024. “The big boss from the broadcaster came one morning to the shoot of Drag Race. She put two hands on my shoulders and said, ‘Do you want to represent Belgium next year in Sweden?’ It took me a few hours to say yes because it’s a dream. But she didn’t know any new song of mine.”

After accepting, he narrowed down his demos to three songs and eventually landed on “Before the Party’s Over.” The emotions just popped out for him and he knew it was the one. 

“It has this mix between melancholy and also some kind of resilience. It’s a contrast between sadness and energy. I thought it was a good way to do Eurovision.”

“It’s a feeling of urgency. We know life is fragile. We have to give everything right now and not fake it.”

And nothing is faked in his official music video, which sees MUSTII baring it all and rolling around in sweat and glitter.  

“It was one of the best days of my life,” he says. “I was in the moment. I was free. I think it’s linked to the meaning of the song. I was super closed and in my bubble as a teenager. But I don’t have any more time now. Live to the fullest. It was that. i needed this feeling in the video. Let it go. Be naked on the floor. I feel more confident and I really wanted to show that in the video for everyone who is struggling.” 

As for the pre-parties, MUSTII doesn’t plan to give that level of drama. He wants to deliver something more intimate and focus on the crowd, not the camera. 

“I just want to connect with the audience. I’m not into choreography. For me [these parties are about] connecting straight ahead in the eyes of the audience. I’m not preparing choreography. Malmö is another thing. Here, I just need to see them in the eyes. I need some flesh, some sweat.”

And MUSTII has had plenty of sweat lately. Preparations for Malmö are intense and ongoing. 

“It’s an athlete’s way of life — going to the gym. [Eurovision 2023 artist] Gustaph told me that you need some space to let it go sometimes — see your friends, get some fresh air. It should stay a party, a process of joy. I don’t want to be completely crazy with that. And stay away from the comments sometimes. Everybody’s analysing everything. I’m staying far from that.” 

In so many ways he already feels like he has won.

“The first thing is to follow your guts and feelings. I’m proud of this song. I already have some messages in that way: ‘Your song came at the right time in my life, I’m struggling with something, and this song touched my heart at the right time.’ For me, this is everything. That’s the power of music and art in general.”

 

 

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Ted
Ted
1 month ago

This is my winner this year, post rehearsal footage.

Dirk
Dirk
1 month ago

when i read the comments here why i do get the feeling that the wiwiblogfandom
almost every year don’t like Belgium.So much poision here

Suni
Suni
1 month ago
Reply to  Dirk

It is not about Belgium, it is about fandom in general, just ignore, I love Musti

Mariah
Mariah
1 month ago

My personal #1 from the very first listen. Well done Belgium.

Im so fab
Im so fab
1 month ago

The true queer entry of the year.

Dirk
Dirk
1 month ago
Reply to  Im so fab

true queer is Switserland this year

Johnny
Johnny
1 month ago

Beforeeee the party is overrrrr. I just love it. And i like the queer representation. Top 10 easy, if the staging is at least ok, i can see top 6

Stephanie
Stephanie
1 month ago

Bashing Belgium can start for many here…Sad, really sad!

Henry
Henry
1 month ago
Reply to  Stephanie

You called NL and Lithuania entry also “way overrated” so calm down girl , everybody has an opinion… I don’t like the Belgian entry either… it’s just my opinion.

Dirk
Dirk
1 month ago
Reply to  Henry

calling a song overrated is not bashing. so calm down boy

Milla
Milla
1 month ago

Shouldn’t be singing it in english..

Andrew
Andrew
1 month ago
Reply to  Milla

Agreed. He should be singing in Chinese

Liam Lindsay
Liam Lindsay
1 month ago

Completely overhyped, shouty bunch of tawdry nonsense. The song is DOA until 2 minutes in and the only reason its one of the faves to win is just the shout repetition of “Before The Party’s Over” during the last minute or so of the song. He recently said in a interview that he was inspired by Bowie to create his ESC entry which isn’t hard to see in the music video, however he goes on to make a complete mockery of that man’s iconic musical legacy, gender-bending and invocative imagery does not make a Bowie inspired song, all it does… Read more »

Tino
Tino
1 month ago
Reply to  Liam Lindsay

Your whole argument falls apart the second you say that Denmark and Albania have better songs. I like Saba’s song but there’s 0 chance those two countries will surpass Belgium 😉 

Liam Lindsay
Liam Lindsay
1 month ago
Reply to  Tino

Agree to disagree here, but aleast Albania and Denmarks songs go somewhere and have some degree of immediacy from opening chorus. Belgium is nothing until 2 minutes in

Andrew
Andrew
1 month ago
Reply to  Liam Lindsay

Relax Liam! It’s going to qualify. Just accept it x

Liam Lindsay
Liam Lindsay
1 month ago
Reply to  Andrew

No don’t accept trash. I throw it away.

Dirk
Dirk
1 month ago
Reply to  Liam Lindsay

i think you have a problem with youself otherwise you wouln’t react this way

Dawid
Dawid
1 month ago
Reply to  Liam Lindsay

I mean, come on. SaAAaNd, aAaAAAAnD is better song?

Liam Lindsay
Liam Lindsay
1 month ago
Reply to  Dawid

Yep, 1000%.

Dirk
Dirk
1 month ago
Reply to  Liam Lindsay

how negative can you be. says a lot about you

Andrew Tate McRae
Andrew Tate McRae
1 month ago

I think this may be a non-qualifier. Doesn’t scream televoting magnet to me.

Musiclover
1 month ago

The best song this year. 10/10

Roy
Roy
1 month ago

His song is so boring… screaming “before the party over” 1000000 times.. just no…overrated FLOP

Stephanie
Stephanie
1 month ago
Reply to  Roy

And how many times exactly sings Joost Klein Europapa? Or the guy from Lithuania with Luktelk? Oh yeah and both of them are also way overrated!

FizzPunk
FizzPunk
1 month ago
Reply to  Stephanie

hahahaha and rightly so.
Joost sings Europapa 10000000 times ;-))

Roy
Roy
1 month ago

It could be a surprising NQ… mark my work…

Andrew
Andrew
1 month ago
Reply to  Roy

Oh Roy… Do tell us who you’re rooting for!

Tino
Tino
1 month ago
Reply to  Roy

OGAE group from Israel gave him 10 points 🙂

Dirk
Dirk
1 month ago
Reply to  Roy

keep on dreaming

Dirk
Dirk
1 month ago
Reply to  Roy

you mean mark my word