On 1 October around 10.30 pm CET, Belgium revealed who will represent them in the Eurovision Song Contest of 2020. With Hooverphonic, they send one of their biggest names ever! The bar is therefore set very high. During late evening talkshow ‘Vandaag’, the band already revealed some details about the actual song.
Bringing the Hooverphonic-DNA
Alex Callier told right away that the song with which the band wants to represent Belgium has already been born. However, it is still a demo version. The final recordings and such have yet to happen. The song will contain string instruments and will of course carry the well-known Hooverphonic sound. They find it unfortunate that Eurovision doesn’t have a live orchestra anymore, so the bad will try to come at least very close to that on stage.
Introducing the Eurovision entry in early 2020
In an interview with vrt.nws, Alex gave away that the song will be announced in February 2020. According to the Hooverphonic frontman, the ideal Songfestival song is ‘universal’ and should ‘grab you instant’: “We need to reach a very bright audience, lovers of commercial and alternative. That is a challenge, I must say. But we have already proven that as our songs get played on all radio stations. “
What convinced the band to accept the Eurovision challenge?
After having refused three times, VRT asked Hooverphonic a fourth time. This time they finally said yes! What convinced them? First, the song: “I wrote a song and Raymond (the guitarist of Hooverphonic, ed.) Said:” That is actually a good track.”. Second: the positive evolution in Eurovision in recent years: “I think it has improved in recent years. Salvador Sobral really had a very nice song. And Duncan Laurence too. You notice that there is room for something else. The dredger and the circus are still there, but occasionally there are also pearls.”, Callier explains.
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