On Thursday night, Laura Tesoro, with her number “What’s the Pressure?”, scooped a place in the Eurovision final to represent Belgium on Saturday May 14th (tomorrow) in Stockholm. Eighteen countries went head-to-head during the second semi-final on Thursday night.
Laura Tesoro confirmed that she was “over the moon” following the announcement that she had qualified. “I thought for a moment that the pressure was all over,” the singer explained to our Het Laatste Nieuws colleagues. There was definitely suspense in the air at the event on Thursday night, as the nomination of Laura Tesoro was finally announced. The young girl from Antwerp was the last to appear live on stage according to the order of play for the event.
The Belgian singer became famous in Stockholm as did artists representing Georgia, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, the Ukraine, Serbia, Israel, and Australia.
Everyone then rejoined the ten countries which had already secured their ticket for the final being Russia, Austria, the Netherlands, Hungary, Azerbaijan, Croatia, Armenia, the Czech Republic, Cyprus and Malta. Five countries had automatically qualified being Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Great Britain as the largest contributors to the EBU (European Broadcasting Union), which organises the competition, as well as Sweden, the host nation.
Laura Tesoro, aged 19, was chosen to represent Belgium by a jury and viewers from the Flemish channel VRT. As a point of interest, it is worth noting that last year, RTBF sent Loïc Nottet to Vienna, where he only scooped fourth place with his song “Rhythm Inside”.