Spotlight on: Belgium

May 18, 2021

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Artist Profile

Artist: Hooverphonic (Geike Arnaert, Alex Callier, Raymond Geerts)

Formed: October 1995

Hometown: Sint-Niklaas, Belgium

Selection Method: Internal Selection

Song: The Wrong Place

Composer: Alex Callier, Charlotte Forêt

Lyrics: Alex Callier, Charlotte Forêt

Producer: Alex Callier

Eurovision Result: 19th Place

Hooverphonic is a Belgian band that formed in October 1995. Though originally categorized as a trip hop group, they quickly expanded their sound to the point where they could no longer be described as a lone genre, but rather encompass alternative, electronica, electropop, rock, and a mixture of others. The band originally called themselves Hoover, but later changed their name to Hooverphonic after discovering other groups were already using the Hoover name and to avoid any legal issues with the vacuum cleaner company.

Since their formation, Hooverphonic’s lineup consisted of bassist Alex Callier, guitarist Raymond Geerts, and various lead singers. Prominent ones included Liesje Sadonius (1996–1997), Geike Arnaert (1997–2008, 2020-present), Noémie Wolfs (2010–2015), and Luka Cruysberghs (2018–2020).

The band were set to represent Belgium at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam with their song “Release Me”. However, on March 18, 2020, the event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They will instead represent Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 with the song “The Wrong Place”.

Song Lyrics

I wake up and I think I could use another drink
I’m reaching for a smoke to forget about last night, last night
I get up ’cause I need a shot of instant remedy
I put a record on that makes me think about last night, last night

It all ended in the weirdest trip
You started actin’ way too hip
That’s why I ignored you for a long, long time
But then you had the best opening line
You’re in the wrong place

You’re lying next to me, I don’t know where to hide
I see your smiley face that makes me wanna cry
What was I thinking? ‘Cause all we did was fight
Don’t you evеr dare to wear my Johnny Cash t-shirt

You’re in thе wrong place, you’re in the wrong place

You wake up and you think you won’t need another drink
You don’t want me to smoke, though I didn’t stop last night, last night
You get up ’cause you need an organic cup of tea
You put a record on that makes you think about last night, last night

You confused me with your blurry eyes
Thought you were a different kind of guy
That’s why I took you to my messy place
But it felt as if we were in a different space
You’re in the wrong place

You’re lying next to me, I don’t know where to hide
I see your smiley face that makes me wanna cry
What was I thinking? ‘Cause all we did was fight
Don’t you ever dare to wear my Johnny Cash t-shirt

You’re in the wrong place, you’re in the wrong place
You’re in the wrong place, you’re in the wrong place
You’re in the wrong place, you’re in the wrong place
Don’t you ever dare to wear my Johnny Cash t-shirt

Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest

Debut: 1956

Appearances: 61

Finals: 51

Best Result: 1st (1986)

Top 10:

1956 – Fud Leclerc – Messieurs les noyés de la Seine, =2nd Place

1956 – Mony Marc – Le plus beau jour de ma vie, =2nd Place

1958 – Fud Leclerc – Ma petite chatte, 5th Place

1966 – Tonia – Un peu de poivre, un peu de sel, 4th Place

1978 – Jean Vallée – L’amour ça fait chanter la vie, 2nd Place

1982 – Stella – Si tu aimes ma musique, 4th Place

1984 – Jacques Zegers – Avanti la vie, 5th Place

1986 – Sandra Kim –  J’aime la vie, 1st Place

2003 – Urban Trad – Sanomi, 2nd Place

2015 – Loïc Nottet – Rhythm Inside, 4th Place

2017 – Blanche – City Lights, 4th Place

Are Belgium in “The Right Place” in your list this year? Which Belgian entry is your all time favourite? Let us know in the comments below!

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