40 countries will be taking part in the 60th Eurovision Song Contest which will be held in Vienna on 19, 21 and 23 May. The next country to be introduced is Belgium. Singing for Belgium this year is Loïc Nottet.
Artist – Loïc Nottet
Song – Rhythm inside
Composer – Beverly Jo Scott
Writer – Loïc Nottet
Event – Semi-final 1
Position – 3
Loïc Nottet comes from the French part of Belgium. He was born on 10 April 1996 in Courcelles.
In early life the path he wanted to follow was not that of his father. He was a talented football player, something his father wanted him to follow as a career, but his ambition was to be a performer.
He was a finalist in the 2014 season of The Voice Belgique, progressing from the second episode where he sang Rihanna’s Diamonds. It has been described that Loic embodied that song to great effect. The music that he sang in the show came from a wide variety of well known global artists, including Lady Gaga, Otis Redding, Christina Aquilera and Rihanna. In the final he lost out to Laurent Pagna, who happened to be mentored by Eurovision 2001 participant Natasha St-Pier.
Following the end of the series Sony Music Entertainment Belgium gave him a recording contract.
Loïc’s youtube site contains three songs including a video of the cover version of Sia’s Chandelier showing that he is not just a singer but has great skills in dancing and acting. It is a captivating performance with many complicated dance moves which bodes well for versatility in his future career.
His Eurovision song is a natural progression from his time at The Voice as his Mentor, Beverly Jo Scott, worked with him to compose the entry. They did not want the entry to be typically Eurovision. His record company also believes that his music will stand out in the contest. Philippe Coppens from Sony is quoted as saying that he thinks they are definitely going to stand out with this urban track. He says We absolutely must reach the final. That’s the biggest goal.