First batch of Grand Finalists in Eurovision Song Contest 2021 includes Belgium

First batch of Grand Finalists in Eurovision Song Contest 2021 includes Belgium
Belgian band Hooverphonic, credit: Eurovision 2021

It is show week in Rotterdam. The Eurovision Song Contest started yesterday evening with the first Semi-Final, resulting in the selection of 10 qualifiers to the Grand Final on Saturday.

The Dutch broadcaster and the host City of Rotterdam have undertaken the challenge to design the most environmentally conscious Eurovision to date, a model for sustainability that can be an inspiration for Contests to come. Using Dutch innovation, Rotterdam is on its way to a future without waste:

"We want to show every inhabitant of Rotterdam, visitor and viewer of the Eurovision Song Contest that we, as Host City, take our responsibility for sustainability seriously. We want to set an example for the rest of the world," explained a Host City representative.

Belgium is one of the founding countries of the Eurovision Song Contest, participating in the very first competition in 1956. The country finished second in 2003 with a song performed in an imaginary language. In 2008 they entered another song in an imaginary language but failed to qualify for the Grand Final.

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This time Belgium made it with “The wrong place”, performed by the band Hooverphonic and lead singer Geike Arnaert. For the past 25 years, the band has blurred the lines between symphonic soundscapes and highly infectious pop tunes. The band's work has been put to good use in television series, commercials and movies around the globe.

“I wake up, and I think, I could use another drink, I'm reaching for a smoke to forget about last night,” says the lyrics of the song. “You're in the wrong place, You're lying next to me, What was I thinking.”

Here follows the  full list of the Qualifiers: Azerbaijan / Efendi - Mata Hari, Belgium / Hooverphonic - The Wrong Place, Cyprus / Elena Tsagrinou - El Diablo,  Israel / Eden Alene - Set Me Free, Lithuania / The Roop - Discoteque,  Malta / Destiny - Je Me Casse,  Norway / TIX - Fallen Angel,  Russia / Manizha - Russian Woman, Sweden / Tusse - Voices, Ukraine / Go_A - Shum.

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