Belgium: Iris asks, “Would You?”
The penultimate song for this year’s Eurovision has been decided by voters in Belgium today, and it seems that after a short-and-sweet 2-song National Final spanning all of fifteen minutes, followed up by an appearance on an evening talk show, we know that 17-year-old Iris (birth name: Laura van den Bruel) will be performing the ballad “Would You?” in Baku this May.
Iris was internally selected by Flemish broadcaster VRT back in November, and shares a label with 2010’s Belgian participant Tom Dice, who brought the country their highest placement in years (and the Flemish their best placement ever, including a top placement in its semifinal) with “Me and my Guitar“. Will Iris duplicate her labelmate’s success in Baku?
Both “Would You?” and runner-up “Safety Net” were sweet, youthful ballads, and either would have worked pretty well with Iris’s young, yet strong voice (she’ll be the second-youngest singer in Baku, behind 16-year-old Eva Boto for Slovenia). “Would You?” only took the victory tonight by a close margin (53% over “Safety Net”‘s 47%). She has the advantage of being in the semifinal with fewer slow numbers, which may work to her benefit. However, with Belgium being a bit of an outlier in terms of voting blocs (and neither France nor the Netherlands are in this Semifinal), Iris might have a bit of a hard time. But it’s Eurovision, and you never know what can happen on the night!