Eurovision 2015 Belgium Review: Loic Nottet – Rhythm Inside

18 year old Belgian singer Loic Nottet brings a little bit of Lorde vs Justin Timberlake vs Michael Jackson to Eurovision (Photography & Art Work by Josh Brandão Source: Eurovision.tv)
18 year old Belgian singer Loic Nottet brings a little bit of Lorde vs Justin Timberlake vs Michael Jackson to Eurovision (Photography & Art Work by Josh Brandão Source: Eurovision.tv)

With 29 competing Eurovision nations already covered in our 2015 special there’s only a handful left to present and literally there’s quite some still to choose from. First up, is a very special and talented young singer, who’s hoping to bring that trophy home for the second time to Belgium; it’s 18 year old Loic Nottet.

The appointment and announcement of the singer representing his country, was made quite late last year already, however his entry ‘Rhythm Inside’ wasn’t presented until the beginning of March. So a pretty low key few months for the Belgians, but don’t be mistaken, their entry is one of the most intriguing and current tracks to feature on the Eurovision stage.

Rhythm Inside’s best described as a modern ‘ Lorde Meets Justin Timberlake meets Michael Jackson’ pop song featuring an incredible hook in the shape of some rapapapapadapa’s. Highly unusual, and one of the few stand outs this year, which easily could have a life outside of the Eurovision bubble.

Good luck Belgium!

Loic and Belgium are taking part in the first semi final on May 19, hoping to qualify for the final.

 

Eurovision 2015 Belarus Review: Uzari & Maimuna – Time

The time is near for Belarussian' duo Uzari & Maimuna. Can they convince the European audience? (Photo by Uzari&Maimuna BTRC Source: Eurovision.tv)
The time is near for Belarussian’ duo Uzari & Maimuna. Can they convince the European audience? (Photo by Uzari&Maimuna BTRC Source: Eurovision.tv)

With little less than two weeks before the first rehearsals start in the Wiener Stadthalle, time is running out for the fourty nations taking part in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. Speaking of which, time in facts brings us to our next participant, or shall we say participants from Belarus.

In January, classically-trained lead violinist Maimuna teamed up with Minsk born singer and composer Uzari, to take part in the Belarussian national final. Uzari, the male singer is no stranger to the Eurovision competition having been involved in the nation’s participation in 2011 and having participated himself in the national final several times. So really it was only a matter of time he won the Eurovision ticket.

In Vienna, the duo will give it their all with the violin packed pop song Time. The Belarrussian team is definitely sending a very clever full package to the contest. ‘Time’ is a clever pop song, packed with Maimuna’s violin, it’s chorus is easily to sing along, there’s hand claps and the duo have a great video to go along with it. We’re intrigued to find out what their act on stage will look like. A very professional package, which we’d happily see, taking part in the final.

Belarus are taking part in the first semi final on May 19.

 

Eurovision 2015 Slovenia Review: Maraaya – Here For You

Are Slovenia's married duo Maraaya on their way to become only the second Eurovision husband and wife duo to win the contest? (Source: Eurovision.tv  Photo by Maraaya Matic Pandel & Sara Zigon
Are Slovenia’s married duo Maraaya on their way to become only the second Eurovision husband and wife duo to win the contest? (Source: Eurovision.tv Photo by Maraaya Matic Pandel & Sara Zigon

Married duo Marjetka and Raay, aka Maraaya, are hoping to do what only one couple did before them; winning the Eurovision Song Contest. If they do, it will be the first time Slovenia gets to take the much desired Eurovision crown home.

The duo, consisting of most played Slovene singer songwriter Raay and his Ljubljana Music Academy graduate wife Marjetka, founded indie pop group Maraaya last year, as they saw the release of their first single Lovin’ Me turn into a big success in Slovenia. The band were announced as one of the six finalists for Slovenia’s national final and won convincingly the ticket to Vienna with the upbeat ‘Indie music meets Amy Winehouse’ pop song ‘Here For You’. Slovenia’s track record in Eurovision hasn’t been that amazing lately, but luck could well be on their side this time around. The pair are considered one of the big favourites for the end victory, and having their song on the top would certainly mean the Eurovision Song Contest would be able to have another incredible track added into it’s long life history.

Maraaya will be brightening up the second semi final and hope to be among the lucky ten to qualify for the final.. Keep an eye out for their act, which you’ll undoubtedly recognize due to the headphones Marjetka is supporting.

 

Eurovision 2015 United Kingdom Review: Electro Velvet – Still In Love With You

Bianca and Alex aka Electro Velvet bring electro-swing for the UK to the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest. (Photo by :BBC/Sarah Dunn Source: Eurovision.tv)
Bianca and Alex aka Electro Velvet bring electro-swing for the UK to the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest. (Photo by :BBC/Sarah Dunn Source: Eurovision.tv)

The appointment of the UK entrant for the Eurovision Song Contest always generates a huge interest, so this year is no different. With an open submission this year, the BBC opted for Alex Larke and Bianca Nicholas, aka Electro Velvet to represent them in the final on May 23rd.

To say that their electro-swing inspired ‘Still in Love With You’ has gone unnoticed is a little bit of an understatement. UK fans and media have been rather negative to the entry, yet the European continent seems more favourable. Either way, You can not be indifferent towards them. You’ll either love or hate it. BBC delegation leader Guy Freeman spoke about the song as being ‘an entry with immediate impact’ and the BBC have certainly succeeded with their approach. We welcome the UK’s different and more challenging approach to the contest, and with a Strictly Coming Dancing feel to it, we’re definitely in the Electro Velvet camp.

Alex and Bianca, aka Electro Velvet are directly qualified for the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest, which is held in Vienna May 23.

Check out the interview we did with Electro Velvet at the London Eurovision Party below.

Eurovision 2015 Denmark Review: Anti Social Media – The Way You Are

Eurovision 2015 candidate Denmark Anti Social MediaLast year’s host of the Eurovision Song Contest, Denmark skuba duba dabda dididaj’ed its way right into the top ten on home soil with a cliche love song by Basim. Can they do it again this year with pop/rock band Anti Social Media?

We certainly wouldn’t rule them out. The four gents of Anti Social Media claim to take their inspiration from the 60’s and the Beatles. And fair play to them, They’re  coming pretty close with their entry ‘The Way You Are’, which is a happy, simple song which has you foot tapping along. It’s again one of the more upbeat ones in this year’s competition and for that reason alone, the Danish is set to stand out from its competitors.

Anti Social Media and The Way You Are, feature in the first semi final on May 19 and hope to advance to the grand final on May 23.