After originally having been chosen to represent Belgium in the 2020 contest, Hoverphonic are now performing in 2021 after last year saw the contest abandoned and they are a band with enough history behind them to see them do well when the votes come in.
The three-piece band have been in the business for over 25 years now so they will be used to performing on big stages which may give them an edge over some of the less experienced performers on the night.
But can they go all the way? Time will tell but for now, here is all you need to know about Hooverphonic…
Who is representing Belgium at Eurovision 2021?
Hooverphonic has a huge 26-year history behind them: the band originally formed back in 1995 and so over the years, members have come and gone. The members now feature Luka Cruysberghs (lead vocals) Alex Callier (producer/songwriter) and Raymond Geerts (lead guitar).
What is Belgium’s Eurovision 2021 song called?
While the song may be called The Wrong Place, Hooverphonic will be in the right place to perform when the night begins – unless they have a terrible sense of direction.
The song was written by Hooverphonic member Alex Callier alongside Charlotte Forêt and if you want to hear the song ahead of the big night then you can check out the music video for it by pressing play below!
Where did Belgium come in the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest?
As promising as this year’s entry sounds, they still have a way to go in the competition, as 2019’s representative, Eliot failed to even qualify in the final, finishing in 13th place with 70 points in the semi-final.
Nevertheless, just has Hooverphonic has a long history as a band, so has their affiliation with Eurovision, as 2020’s Contest will be the 62nd time Belgium will participate, since its debut as one of the original seven inaugural countries at the very first Eurovision Song Contest in 1956.
Hooverphonic’s will undoubtedly have been inspired to know that Belgium did win the Contest once, albeit in 1986 with the song, J’aime la vie, performed by Sandra Kim.
When is Eurovision 2021?
The Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final will take place on Saturday 22nd May 2021 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
BBC One will be broadcasting live coverage of the event, while Graham Norton commentates.
Ken Bruce will be providing commentary on BBC Radio 2.
The semi-finals will be held on Tuesday 18th and Thursday 20th May, and will be broadcast on BBC Four.
Why was Eurovision 2020 cancelled?
Of course, the 2020 Eurovision did not go ahead as by that point we were right in the midst of the first stage of the global pandemic and everyone flying to the Netherlands to compete was considered to be the wrong move – understandable.
Shine a Light and Eurovision Come Together aired instead and looked back at some classic performances from the history of the competition but nothing competes with the real thing and happily, 2021 is set to go ahead.