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Friday, 13 April 2012 05:50

Belgium: Reviewing the track 'Would You?'

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It has already been quite the interesting journey with our set of critics, who are actually four but the last two join together as one of the upcoming production houses in Sweden. They have already highlighted which of the seven serve as their favourites and will now be moving on their eight track but nevertheless, their top ten might not reflect the marking as seen within these articles and this is because they are just rating how a song sounds to them on its' own thus far. The next entry comes from Belgium whose Flemish broadcaster had decided to send a newcomer to represent them in the event by the name of Iris and the track that she will be performing entitled Would You? was one of the two that she performed in a two song national selection. It is a co-write between three Belgians including; Nina Sampermans, Jean Bosco Safari and Walter Mannaerts.

After Sandra Kim (who won with J’aime la vie in ’86, when was just 13), Iris is the youngest ever Belgian Eurovision Song Contest candidate. This spontaneous flower from Noorderwijk (Herentals) is only 17, but is all set to give Europe an unforgettable performance. Iris was clearly bitten by the music bug when she was just a child. She skipped her way through her childhood, singing and dancing. She joined her local school choir. She sang a few local gigs and then, suddenly, she was ‘spotted’ in 2010 at a talent competition, jointly organised by Flemish teen magazine ‘Joepie’ and ‘Sonic Angel’ (the record company behind Tom Dice, who came 6th in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 with Me and my guitar). Iris won herself a record deal and soon afterwards released her first hit single Wonderful. 


When the VRT (the Flemish public broadcaster) announced that Iris would be representing Belgium at the Eurovision Song Contest in Baku, she was still relatively inexperienced and had never before appeared on national TV. The VRT was won over by her youthful enthusiasm, her fresh look and her intriguing stem. For Iris this announcement was a dream come true. She had been dreaming of singing at the Eurovision Song Contest since her childhood. Together with the VRT, Iris (and record company Sonic Angel) went in search of lyricists and composers. Two songs were finally selected: Safety net and Would you. On Saturday 17 March 2012, Flemish TV viewers made the final choice. When she represents Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012, Iris will be singing Would you.

The Critics Voice Their Opinion

Jan Van Dijck

  • A simple ballad, very powerful performed. I believe that it is Iris voice that makes this ballad so interesting. It has a strong chorus. Hope it will reach the final! Let's give this a clear seven (7) points.

Knut-Oyvind Hagen

  • The Belgian song starts very promising, naked and genuine. It loses some of its impact halfway through or so, and ends up somewhere between horrible and fantastic, but still I want to give credit to the singer. It won’t reach the left side of the score board, but I wouldn’t be astonished if Belgium reaches the final. It is very borderline so hence, my five (5) points.


  • This is a ballad that doesn’t touch you emotionally. Iris is off pitch too many times. Because of this songs “naked” sound her voice needs something extra to shine through. Unfortunately, she doesn’t succeed in doing that. Well, five (5) points will suffice this one though.


Entry Background

Performer: Iris

Composers: Nina Sampermans, Jean Bosco Safari and Walter Mannaerts

Authors: Nina Sampermans, Jean Bosco Safari and Walter Mannaerts

Song: Would You?

Language: English

Broadcaster: VRT

 History of the Nation

Like Switzerland, Belgium is one of the founding countries of the Eurovision Song Contest and finished in the bottom position a total of eight times but then again, their results have been quite positive except since the introduction of the semi-final system which has seen them slumber to disaster unfortunately. They have only made it out of the semi-final once, and that was in 2010 with Tom Dice and his song Me and My Guitar who would go onto finish in sixth place at the end of the evening. Last year, they missed out on the final ever so slightly with Witloof Bay and their song With Love Baby finishing in eleventh place. The nation will be hoping that Iris can put her nerves aside and manage to put Belgium through to the final once more hoping that another top ten result could be viable.

Source: Eurovision.tv for the Biographical Information and all respective media

Last modified on Saturday, 21 April 2012 17:25