Belgium had its first show tonight. Eurosong 2016 kicked off with a non-competitive show where the five acts covered a Eurovision song.

Before they all had their own covers, they did Heroes together. The five showed some character there, but it’s fair to say that it wasn’t a true highlight of the show. Nevertheless, we could see a bit of what these artists are about, so you can have a look below:

After that, we had a collection of new verbs we could develop: Dimabilanising, Hozierising, balladising, we could use them all tonight.

The first singer guilty of balladising was Astrid, who did her own version of Everyway That I Can in a slower version with a twist of jazz. She truly delivered vocally, but her stage presence was nowhere to be found. Compare it to Iris or Molly Sterling, as the experience to take that camera was just not there yet. There certainly is potential, but she’ll have to up her game for the next shows.

The Turkish party was continued when Laura Tesoro chose Düm Tek Tek for her Eurovision cover. Presumably she was trying to get into Hadise’s good books as Hadise will be one of the jury members in the final. Her performance was good, but not impressive. She stripped down the Turkish elements of the song, which just made it a very ordinary pop song which wouldn’t help any artist who’s trying to impress.

With Adil, the show moved on to Dimabilanising. The Johnny Logan classic Hold Me Now was turned into a rather Bilanised version, which, as we have to admit, was not the best idea for the song. His voice was impressive though and if he can find a song suitable for his voice, then we may well see him as a frontrunner.

That’s when the show really kicked off though. Tom Frantzis was ready for his first ever television appearance and he was the one Hozierising Rhythm Inside. An already modern song was turned into a completely different modern song. He was impressive and the only doubt with him is whether his lack of ‘being known’ would cost him. No one in Belgium knows him yet, so that may be his biggest issue.

The show was closed by Amaryllis, who was the second one balladising an uptempo winner, Euphoria. She had some dodgy moments during her performance, but she was called magical by many. Her performance was theatrical, classy and styled, but not a favourite of this editor.

At the end of the show, there was a vote which literally meant nothing. The public could spend €0.60 on one vote only to show who their favourite was tonight. In the final minute, we had five seconds of Axel Hirsoux doing Mother. After those long five seconds, we learnt that the public’s favourite turned out to be, to some surprise, Amaryllis, who wins nothing. But perhaps it shows some sort of tendency for next week? In next week’s show, we’re going to hear the proper Eurovision songs by these five.

Media Liaison: One of the founding members at escXtra. I'm the Dutchman who loves every little idiotic Eurovision fact there is. I usually listen to a lot of Eurovision music, but when I'm not, I listen to country music, schlager and pop, but mostly artists like Tina Turner, Emma, Ilse DeLange and Helene Fischer. On escXtra, you can find me doing pretty much anything that needs doing: Interviews, liveblogs or just your daily portion of news!

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