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Axel Hirsoux: “If it does not work this year , I do not hesitate to contact RTBF in 2015” [Interview]

This Sunday, four more Belgian hopefuls will take stage in order to qualify for the final. Among them, the man who’s famous in Wallonia for participating in The Voice. Now it’s time to make his name known in the rest of the country and represent the nation of Belgium as a whole. His song will be called Mother: Axel Hirsoux! Read what he had to say below!

escXtra.com: Hey Axel! First of all, thank you for taking the time to speak to us! How do you feel so shortly before the Eurosong semifinal?
Axel Hirsoux: Hey Nick, Thank you to you for the interview. I am excited, a little nervous. but I’m proud of my song and I hope that the public will love it.

X: Could you tell us something about you and your music?
A: I love everything French and English variety, but I’m not a fan of a particular style. I’m curious and I like to discover new things.

X: During the auditions, you sang Tu Te Reconnaîtras by Anne Marie David. Why did you choose to sing that song?
A: When they told me I was going to participate in the selections, I was asked to give several titles of songs I like to sing. I wanted a song that would succeed in putting my voice in value because one minute is very short. A friend told me to try this song and finally he did well. When I was a kid, my mom sang this song and I thought it was a good idea to sing.

X: Anne Marie David was very positive about your performance on Facebook. Did she say anything to you about that performance and what did that mean to you?
A: I was very moved and touched when I read that Anne Marie David said about my performance. It is very rewarding to have the opinion of the person who has sung the original version of the song and won Eurovision with it. Anne Marie David is a great artist and a very down to earth woman. She was very positive about me singing her song, she loved the acoustic side and since I am in regular contact with her … and maybe one day we will do something together .

X: During your time on The Voice Belgique, you were coached by Natasha St-Pier, who also participated in the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2001 and came 4th. Did you speak to her recently about Eurovision?
A: Yes, I had the opportunity to see Natasha  in the end of November and I told her that I was in the Belgian selections. She is very proud of what I do since I left the voice and she gave me a beautiful gift by making a short video of support for the semifinals (video on my facebook www.facebook.com/axelhirsouxtv). I also made her listen to “Mother” and her opinion was more than positive! Natasha is an important person to me since The Voice, and if I have the chance to be the Belgian candidate this year, I will not hesitate to ask for advice on her experience in 2001 at Eurovision in Copenhagen.

X: The obvious question: You, as a guy from Wallonia, are trying out in the Flemish selection. Why did you decide to go to Eurosong?
A: Walloon or Flemish , I am first and foremost Belgian. I’m not the first and I hope I will not be the last . Belgium at the Eurovision is primarily a country to represent, and not a region. Walloon or Flemish … it’s not the most important … the important thing is to best represent the country and the song that we defend . in 1982 , RTBF sent to a Dutch singer “Stella” who finished in fourth . So why not me lol. Participate in Eurosong and can then be Eurovision is a dream . Since my childhood I look at the competition in 1986 at the top of my 4 years I sang ” j’aime la vie  ” (even during a visit to the royal palace in Brussels with my parents, who had a good laugh the royal guard ) last year after the voice I was asked to be part of the Belgian professional jury … so the logical consequence is that I participate as a singer. And if it does not work this year , I do not hesitate to contact RTBF in 2015.

X: Your song will be called Mother. Will it, as many expect, be a big power ballad?
A: Mother is a vocal ballad with piano and symphonic instrumentation … I think it is in the genre in which the public expects to see me.

X: Your songwriters have both been involved with Eurovision in the past: Ashley Hicklin composed the 2010 entry for Belgium, Me & My Guitar and Rafael Artesero did the 2011 Spanish entry, Que Me Quiten Lo Bailao. Would you say their Eurovision experience shows in the song?
A: I think it’s a good thing to have songwriters who have already experience with Eurovision. I also want to mention David Poltrock who also work on the song.

X: Are you a Eurovision fan?
A: Yes, I do not miss any edition of the contest and be able to participate as a singer remains one of my greatest wishes.

X: Do you have an all time favourite Eurovision song?
A: Euphoria is the best winning song of recent years for me. In 2013 I had two favorites … Denmark and Ukraine …

X: Finally, do you have a message for the readers of escXtra.com?
A: I hope you will support me, and never forget … Live your dreams and dream your life … The most important thing is to do what you love and believe in what we do.

escXtra.com would like to thank Axel for his answers. We would also like to wish him the best of luck in Sunday’s semifinal. Watch his performance of Tu Te Reconnaîtras below!

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Nick van Lith

I'm one of the founding members of ESCXTRA.com. Eleven years after the start, I'm proud to say that I am now the Editor-in-Chief of this wonderful website. When I'm not doing Eurovision stuff, you should be able to find me teaching German to kids... And cheering on everything and everyone Greek, pretty much. Pame Ellada!

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