Belgium | Eliot kicks off the second day of Rehearsals!
Yesterday we saw the first nine participating countries in semi final one take to the Eurovision stage in Tel Aviv for their first rehearsals! Today, join us as we take a look at the second full day of rehearsals where the eight countries who drew the second half places for Tuesday 14th's first semi final. Here at Eurovoxx we'll be bringing you all the latest rehearsal updates and reviews so keep an eye on our website, YouTube channel & social media!
Image Credit: Wouter Struyf (Eurovision.tv)
First to perform today is young Eliot who is representing Belgium with his midtempo-ballad 'Wake Up'. After a run of recent success, Belgium failed to qualify last year with Sennek's 'A Matter of Time' however Wallonia broadcaster RTBF, who organise Belgium's Eurovision participation on odd-numbered years have achieved 4th place in their last two outings. With Loic Nottet in 2015 and Blanche in 2017. He's working with Blanche's team from 2017 but can Eliot make that three!?
Eliot rose to fame after appearing on season 7 of The Voice Belgique where he was mentored by Slimane. It was his appearance on this show that caught songwriter and producer Pierre Dumoulin's attention. Having previously written 'City Lights' for Blanche, Pierre expressed interest in working specifically with Eliot and that is how 'Wake Up' came to fruition! At the age of 18, Eliot is one of the youngest participants this year.
Image Credit: Thomas Hanses (Eurovision.tv)
BELGIUM - FIRST REHEARSAL
Eliot had some issues at the start of the pre-party tour with vocals, however from the rehearsals this morning we are happy to say this seems to have been fixed. Eliot is joined on stage by two drummers - with three drums. On his left there's a double-drum whilst on his right there's just one giant drum. Later on in the song, the drummers join up with Eliot in the front and join in with their simply choreography.
The background is most dark red dominated, with occasional flashes and blue and purple seeping through. Overall the staging is very dark for the majority of the performance, . Eliot himself is wearing a long black jacket with orange & yellow details and black skinny jeans. Interestingly, Eliot does engage with the triangles on the ceiling which move around during the performance before ultimately moving up along with some arm movements from Eliot at the last chorus - whilst the background turns a lot lighter.
The camera shots mostly close-ups of Eliot and he works with the camera surprisingly well despite his age. He does the fist bump you may have seen from some of his pre-party performances and whilst looking a little bit scared, for the most part Eliot looks emotional but determined which works with the song. The biggest concern for us would be that the stage does look pretty empty and over the three minutes there's not much to really lift the performance.
Belgium's second rehearsal will take place on Thursday 9th May and they will be performing tenth in the first semi final on Tuesday 14th May.
Will you be supporting Belgium at this years Eurovision? Let us know in the comments below your thoughts on Eliot's first rehearsal.